Colonial Williamsburg Launches New Magazine with Emphasis on Past and Present Connections

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The first issue of Colonial WIlliamsburg's new quarterly magazine. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
The first issue of Colonial WIlliamsburg’s new quarterly magazine. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Colonial Williamsburg is launching a new quarterly publication that aims to shine new light on all the historic city has to offer.

The new magazine – “Trend & Tradition: A Magazine of Colonial Williamsburg” – is devoted to showcasing “the enduring cultural, intellectual, and political relevance of America’s birthplace,” according to a recent news release.

“Trend & Tradition” succeeds “Colonial Williamsburg: The Journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,” which was published quarterly from 1984 through 2015.

Like the previous journal, it will be delivered to more than 100,000 foundation donors and available for purchase at Colonial Williamsburg retail locations and at selected newsstand locations.

Readers can expect that each issue will include insight into the latest in historical research on colonial-era America as well as features on Colonial Williamsburg’s collections, interpretation programs and tradecrafts.

“‘Trend & Tradition’ highlights the full range of foundation offerings – from the work of its award-winning chefs and gardeners to its first-ever ice skating rink,” the press release reads.

Regular features in the magazine such as “It Started Here” and “Past Forward” tackle connections between modern cultural phenomena and their 18th-century roots.

The inaugural issue includes coverage of the planned programs for Black History Month 2016, a look at political debate in colonial times, a behind-the-scenes feature on the George Wythe House and recipes from the chefs at Great Hopes Plantation.

An online version of the magazine will highlight several stories from each issue and offer supplemental material like audio and video clips.

“There is a new energy in the air at Colonial Williamsburg as we pursue initiatives that are inspiring more people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. “‘Trend & Tradition’ elegantly blends historical substance and contemporary appeal to fully capture both the relevance and fun of what we offer.”

The printed edition of the magazine will be mailed to individuals and organizations who donate $35 or more a year to the Colonial Williamsburg Fund.