Posted by: nchslibrary | November 5, 2009

Colonial Williamsburg: eMuseum

Continental Currency, Twenty Dollars

Continental Currency, $20 (May 10, 1775)

Even if you haven’t been there, you’ve most likely heard about Colonial Williamsburg, a place where people dress in pre-Revolutionary garb and walk the same streets that some of our founding fathers did. “For 81 formative years, from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political, cultural, and educational center of what was then the largest, most populous, and most influential of the American colonies [Virginia]” (The History of Colonial Williamsburg). Now Colonial Williamsburg has made thousands of its artifacts browsable online via an eMuseum.

You can search the collection with keywords. Some that yielded interesting results were “silver,” “chair,” and “money.”

If you’re more in the mood for browsing instead of searching, on the left navigation menu you can select Highlights from Selected Exhibits and view such exhibits as American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont; Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments; Furniture of the American South; Lock, Stock & Barrel; and Pottery with a Past: Stoneware in Early America.

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