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Two historians named to Colonial Williamsburg board

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Two historians, Edward L. Ayers and Walter B. Edgar, have been named to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board of trustees.

Ayers is the former president of the University of Richmond. He is an author and the Tucker-Boatwright professor of the humanities at the university.

Ayers received the National Humanities Medal in 2012 for his work to make American history more accessible. He cohosts the syndicated public radio history show and podcast “BackStory.”

Edgar founded the public history program at the University of South Carolina, where he is distinguished professor of history emeritus and Claude Henry Neuffer professor of southern studies emeritus.

He is the author of books including “Partisans and Redcoats” and he hosts “Walter Edgar’s Journal” and “South Carolina from A to Z” on South Carolina Public Radio.


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