Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant is a podcast that showcases 18th and early 19th-century women’s letters that don’t always make it into the history books. Join historian Kathryn Gehred and her guests as they explore the lives of women and the world around them through their letters.
May 23, 2023
Jemima Grey, Amabel Grey, and Mary Grey to Catherine Talbot, 15 November 1765. In which Jemima Grey and her two daughters, Bell who is 14 and Mouse who is 9, provide a very comical update about their life near Cambridge. Kat…
March 14, 2023
Jannote Roustant to Jean Roustant, 1 July 1745 AN…
Feb. 7, 2023
Sarah Livingston Jay to Samuel Lyon, 14 Nov. 1794…
Jan. 3, 2023
Mary Secutor to Eleazar Wheelock, 28 July 1768 I…
Nov. 10, 2022
Eleanor Parke Custis (Lewis) to Elizabeth Bordley…
April 19, 2022
The Testimony of Anne Moody Part the last of Mar…
March 22, 2022
In which John Custis IV and Frances Parke make an…
March 8, 2022
Elizabeth Sharaf-un-Nisa to "Philo" In which a M…
Feb. 1, 2022
Selina Powell to Rebecca Powell, 7 Jan. 1850 In …
Historian and Senior Producer
Jim Ambuske is a Historian and Senior Producer at R2 Studios. He is a historian of the American Revolution, Scotland, and the British Atlantic World. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 2016 and he is the author and co-author of several publications on the American Revolution, transatlantic legal history, and King George III. At R2 Studios, Ambuske serves as the narrator, writer, and creator of the forthcoming series Worlds Turned Upside Down. He is also an executive producer of Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant, The Green Tunnel, and Antisemitism U.S.A. Before joining R2 Studios, Ambuske led the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Head of Studio
Jeanette Patrick is the Head of R2 Studios. She is a public historian and has an M.A. in Public History from James Madison University. At R2 Studios, she oversees the development and production of all the studio’s podcasts including Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant, The Green Tunnel, Worlds Turned Upside Down, and Antisemitism U.S.A. Patrick previously worked in the museum industry where she played a pivotal role in creating digital public history projects. Prior to R2 Studios, Patrick worked for George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where she managed the history and preservation website content and built many digital exhibits. She also wrote scripts for audio and AR tours, live-action films, and animated videos. With Jim Ambuske, Patrick co-created and co-wrote the podcast Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Kathryn Gehred has a master's degree in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College and was part of a team of editors who completed The Papers of Martha Washington, a transcribed collection of all of Martha Washington's known correspondence published by UVA Press in 2022. She began releasing Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant in 2020 as a personal side project because she thought a podcast would be a great way to share some of her favorite 18th-century women's letters with the world.
"I like the way Kathryn sets up each letter. She provides great background information. I can’t wait for more episodes."
"The idea of just looking at some fantastic letters from women in history for their own sake and getting to know the people and their thoughts is so wonderful. It balances the letters own content wit…"
Kathryn can’t keep them coming fast enough!
"Kathryn shares American history with us in a way rarely done before- through the eyes of women. She’s passionate about her subject and it’s completely contagious! Often she has highly knowledgeable g…"
"Love hearing about what the women were thinking and doing during the founding of our Nation. Love having you and the women of the 1700’s as companions during my long work travels. More please!"
Rekindled my interest in early American history
"I thought I had lost my interest in early American history. It turns out, I lost interest in the hero-worship, myth making history writing of Esteemed White Male Historians. (I'm looking at you Joe E…"