Patrick Henry stood in front of Virginia’s capitol building and read aloud the Declaration of Independence, reminding the gathered crowd of the litany of abuses committed by George III as catalogued by fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson: … He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by… Read More Two Days in Williamsburg (and a Night in Jamestown)
The face in the etching stares directly at the viewer. The light reflected on the subject’s full cheeks gives him an almost childlike look. But the sad eyes, and the lines above them, make him appear older than he is. Rembrandt Leaning on a Stone Wall, a self-portrait etched when the artist was in his… Read More Rembrandt the Etcher at the MFA
Monday, December 16, marks the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, when the Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Mohawks and dumped British tea into the harbor in protest of what they believed was Parliament’s immoral taxation. Today, lovers of liberty can visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum on the waterfront. The… Read More Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Recently, a beloved errand lent me the chance to walk for a spell in the city of my birth–Salem, Massachusetts. It’s an uncommon city whose spirit now twists around the singular error of its life. In what has to be one of the world’s weirdest successful marketing strategies, Salem embraces her infamous past as the… Read More Walking Salem
The polished wood gleams in the glow of flickering candles. It’s nighttime, and little moonlight breaks through the circular window panes in their cream-colored frames. Several dozen visitors have gathered in the courtroom of Colonial Williamsburg‘s dull-red brick Capitol building to serve as the jury in a recreated trial of Grace Sherwood, the “Virginia witch”.… Read More Cry Witch!