Colonial Williamsburg publishes a wide variety of books, from history to historic trades, from art to archaeology, from scholarly books to children’s books. These books let you take the Historic Area home with you.
By Bill Barker
What is it like to portray Thomas Jefferson on the streets of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area? In his new book, Bill Barker shares the experiences and insights of having done so for more than 25 years. Barker discusses how he rehearses and improvises, how he uses primary sources, how he handles sensitive and controversial issues, how he makes history relevant to different audiences, and how Jefferson has — and has not — infiltrated his own identity. He also offers his thoughts on many of Jefferson’s legacies, from his love of gardening and wine to Jefferson’s thoughts on education, slavery, and the Bible.
By Ywone D. Edwards-Ingram
Six experienced interpreters discuss how they research historical figures and create characters, often with little documentary evidence; how they connect with diverse and sometimes hostile audiences; and how they use a variety of techniques, from storytelling and acting to carpentry and gardening. The book also includes information on the historical figures these interpreters have brought to life.
By Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey
Quilts are among the most utilitarian of art objects, yet their beauty can rival anything on canvas. This landmark book, drawn from the world-renowned collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, highlights the splendor and craft of quilts. Essays by two noted scholars trace the evolution of quilting styles and trends as they relate to the social, political and economic issues of their time.