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Reading the Founding Fathers’ Mail

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.

19 mins

Founders Online

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. (

7 mins

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

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.

23 mins

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