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History From the Old Brick Church

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum

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Take a journey through history with a new podcast from St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum, hosted by John Ericson. Join the conversation with scholars and historians to tackle subjects like race, women’s history, and constitutional law. Explore how the pursuit of religious freedom in colonial America has shaped our modern life. Tune into History from the Old Brick Church Podcast today! Podcast made possible by a grant from the Virginia Humanities Foundation.
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In this episode, we interview Dr. Naomi Pullin, a Professor at Warwick University in the UK, about the Quaker story on both sides of the Atlantic. The Society of Friends was persecuted for their beliefs but held fast to their ethics of equality and nonviolence in one of the most violent centuries in Western history. Join us as we discuss this fasci…
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Today we often talk about the impact of social media on forming public opinion, its effect on elections, and how it fuels division. In 17th century England, the printing press and the proliferation of pamphlets were doing similar things. In this Episode, we speak with public historian and historic book binder, Hunter Willis, on the Pamphlet Wars. H…
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In this episode St Luke's Education Coordinator John Ericson interviews the Curator of The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon UK, Stuart Orme. Cromwell is a figure steeped in a great deal of myth and clouded by his brutality towards the Irish. Is he a hero or a villain? Stuart Orme gives us a balance portrait of the most complicated figure of the 17th c…
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Our upcoming documentary, entitled "Born from Conflict: Cavaliers and Puritans of Newport Parish," is based on the 17th century conflicts in the United Kingdom and in the English Colonial Possessions in North America. Most notably we are focusing on the English Civil Wars, also known as the War of the Three Kingdoms. The spark was a religious confl…
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In this episode we interview Professor Alec Ryrie of Durham University in the UK on the topic of the English Reformation. England was the most diverse in its reforming efforts and the conflicts that arose in the 16th and 17th centuries would have enduring implications for Great Britain and for their Colonial possessions in North America. Professor …
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In this episode we discuss the life of Joseph Bridger the patron of the "Old Brick Church" and about the challenging decade of 1676-1686, a time of civil war in the Virginia Colony. How did these conflicts lead to the racist codes that would pour out of Jamestown and later Williamsburg? This period of our history is essential to understanding confl…
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In This Episode the host of History from the Old Brick Church, John Ericson, tells the story of a former Minister of the Newport Parish whose protest helped fan the flames of America's revolutionary spirit. This is the first in a series of stories that relate to the Newport Parish of the "Old Brick Church." John Ericson is the Education Coordinator…
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In this episode, Education Coordinator, John Ericson interviews Dr. David Sehat of Georgia State University concerning some of the myths of America's founding, especially in regard to issues of religious freedom. Dr. David Sehat is a Professor of Cultural and Intellectual History for Georgia State University. He is the author of "The Myth of Americ…
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The 17th century featured dozens of trials for witchcraft. How was Colonial Virginia's experience different from what happened in Salem, Massachusetts? What was the role of the church and religion in connection to witchcraft trials? How does the phenomenon of witchcraft trials change from the 17th to the 18th centuries and beyond? In this episode w…
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In this podcast we explore the time period of the English Republic with Historian Anna Keay, author of the book "The Restless Republic: Britain without a Crown." This time period is often reduced to the time of Oliver Cromwell, but there are many other players and ordinary people who were affected by this tumultuous period. It was a time of great h…
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David Callaway discusses the modern challenges to religious freedom with host John Ericson. David Callaway is the Religious Freedom Specialist for the Freedom Forum, a non-profit fostering First Amendment freedoms for all. David oversees the Freedom Forum’s religious freedom work acting as a resource for educators, journalists, and the general publ…
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In this episode, we interview Dr. Katharine Gerbner, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, about her research on the religious dimensions of the Atlantic slave trade. Dr. Gerbner studied three groups: Anglicans, Quakers, and Moravians analyzing how they engaged with, defended, and benefited from the slave trade in Barbados and other …
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There’s an old ghost story about an Anglican Minister who is buried right behind the east wall of St. Luke’s. His name is Alexander Norris. But, Norris’ real story is even more intriguing than the ghost story. In this episode, we talk with Isle of Wight County Museum Curator, Rachel Popp, about Norris and other notable people buried in the Old Bric…
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In this episode, we discuss, with Buck Woodard, the religious experience of the Indigenous people of the Chesapeake, their interactions with the Church of England and the Native American School at the College of William & Mary, the Brafferton School. Buck Woodard is a cultural anthropologist specializing in historical and applied research, with int…
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In 2019, there were many lectures and commemorations of the first African Americans to arrive in the Colony of Virginia who were forced into labor for the Planter class. But, 1619 was also the year that brought the first large influx of English Women to the Colony. Why did these women agree to become wives to men they had never met? What was the ro…
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Bacon’s Rebellion is often considered a precursor of the American Revolution. However, nothing could be further from the truth. We will discuss in Episode 3, with Dr. James Rice, the strange events that led to the burning of the Capitol of the Virginia Colony at Jamestown and how this violent period affected the rest of the Colonial era and beyond.…
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In this episode, we will explore, with Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, the role of the church in the movement towards Emancipation. How did the Christianity of the English Planter Class become transformed into the power of Emancipation by the enslaved people of America? What was the role of the African American Episcopal Church, and other religious …
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The term race once meant any group of people with a common ancestor. But, by the late 17th century, it had taken on a new meaning as that of skin color. In 1682, the Maryland Assembly passed an anti-miscegenation law that, for the first time, designated a category of people using the term “white.” We will discuss with Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander …
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History from the Old Brick Church is on hiatus for a few weeks to finish up our recording and editing of Season 2, which will air later this Spring. We will tackle such subjects as the Church and Race, Women's History, Bacon's Rebellion and the struggle of Indigenous Peoples in 17th Century Virginia. We'll also tell you about an interesting tale of…
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Dr. Eric Mazur discusses challenges to religious freedom in the early American Republic. Religious minorities like the Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists were the victims of violence and discrimination. Several court cases have struggled to find the middle ground between anti-establishment and the freedom to express faith in the public square. We, …
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Podcast Host John Ericson interviews Author Tony Williams on the role of religion in the Constitution. This episode focuses on Article VI, which prevents religious tests for holding public office, and the 1st Amendment, which guarantees that the federal government will not establish religion or interfere in the free exercise of religion. Williams e…
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In this episode, we discuss the religious context of the American Revolution. Our guest speaker is an author, Dr. Spencer McBride, who writes about the role of clergy in influencing people on both sides of the conflict, the role of military chaplains, and the religious issues that were among the many grievances of the Colonists towards Parliament a…
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In the early years of the 17th Century, religious warfare was raging in Europe and England was struggling with various reform factions that caused deep divisions and violence. Recent archaeological evidence from Jamestown suggests that the Colony was far more religiously diverse than previously realized and those divides had an enormous impact on t…
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Podcast host, John Ericson, interviews Rachel Popp, St. Luke’s Education Coordinator, about the mission of St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum. This episode outlines the first part of the podcast series, which focuses on issues of Religious Freedom. Rachel Popp is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor’s in History and Childho…
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People often confuse history with memory. History is the study of the past through the investigation of primary source materials, scientific data, and reportage. Memory is a community’s reflections on a past event or people, usually with a goal of influencing current agendas. Guest speaker, Dr. Sheri Shuck-Hall, will discuss the distinction between…
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