York County student to play Pocahontas on Smithsonian Channel

(Courtesy of Smithsonian Channel)

A York County Schools Division student is helping to bring to life an icon from the American Colonial period:  Pocahontas. Kaiah Seraydarian, a sixth grader, from  Queens Lake Middle School is scheduled to appear as the famous Native American princess during the Smithsonian Channel episode “Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth,” which airs again this weekend, Friday […]

Hampton University and WRL to partner on preserving African American history

African American laborers near a coal wharf in Alexandria. (Courtesy U.S. National Archives)

Hampton University needs your help. Williamsburg Regional Library announced it is supporting a Hampton University project with the goal of preserving historical papers within the local African American community. The aim of the project is to scan and digitally preserve private documents that highlight African American history within Hampton Roads. Residents interested in participating in […]

Postcard enthusiast preserves Yorktown history one card at a time

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Digital technology is helping to preserve history after one man’s eBay habit evolved into a literary collaboration with a Yorktown author. For Richard Shisler it began as an ever-growing hobby for a retired Navy man: collecting postcards.   Over the years, the York County resident has amassed a trove of vintage postcards, maps, photos and […]

Colonial Williamsburg uses Pokemon to teach history

Aspiring master Pokemon trainers take a break from the tour to catch wild Pokemon. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

Colonial Williamsburg is used to celebrating the American Revolution, but on Thursday they celebrated a revolution of a different kind by hosting this summer’s second “Pokemon Revolution.” Colonial Williamsburg opened its gates to an estimated 400 Pokemon Go players Thursday as trained guides led guests on a Pokemon-themed tour of the historic grounds. A location-based, […]