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It’s Real Simple, Ask a History Professor

Real Simple magazine, with its pages of healthy recipes, useful organizing tips and affordable beauty products, isn’t necessarily the first publication where one might turn for wisdom from a historian. Appearances can be deceiving, however, because the editors were smart enough to ask Ted DeLaney, associate professor of history at Washington and Lee University, for a recommendation that’s included in “5 U.S. Historic Sites Everyone Should Visit,” an article in the June 2016 issue.

Ted gives the thumbs-up to Colonial Williamsburg, right here in Virginia. “I think it is one of the most important historical displays in the United States,” he notes in the piece. “What I especially appreciate is that they did not overlook the contributions of the many African-Americans who lived there.”

Ted, who graduated from W&L in 1985, also chairs the Africana Studies Program, which gives students an interdisciplinary minor that examines the culture and experiences of African people and those who make up the African Diaspora throughout the world.

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