Aired: November 28, 2015

Reading the Founding Fathers’ Mail

  • Reading the Founding Fathers' Mail (19 min.)

    With: Bill Kissell, Donna Carty, and Dena Radley (Documents Compass)

    Some of the proofreaders who spent three years immersed in the handwriting of the Founding Fathers came away with a very intimate understanding of those who shaped our country.

  • Founders Online (7 min.)

    With: Sue Perdue (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) and Kathleen Williams (National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives)

    Our guests describe the scope of the remarkable project of the National Archives called Founders Online. (

  • The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap (23 min.)

    With: Wendy Welch (University of Virginia at Wise)

    Against all odds, Jack and Wendy’s small-town bookstore is thriving—and fostering community. Wendy’s book about their experience is called The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: a memoir of friendship, community, and the uncommon pleasure of a good book.

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    You can read their mail too…

    Check out Founders Online to read letters from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Over 171,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.

  • From Letters Long Ago

    For three years, a team of proofreaders in Virginia painstakingly read and digitized the papers of our country’s Founding Fathers. All these writings are now searchable in an online database.  After so much time immersed in the words and handwriting of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others, the digitizing team felt a special connection with the authors.  Lilia Fuquen has more.


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