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October 7, 2008

Lecture at CW's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum tells the story of the deadly hurricane that hit North America in 1775

Author Tony Williams discusses his new book, “Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution,” on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The lecture tells the untold story of the second deadliest hurricane in history that slammed Virginia and colonies along the East Coast in 1775, killing more than 4,000 people.

The book traces the path of the hurricane as it swept through the American colonies and their capitals, including New Bern, Norfolk, Williamsburg, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The book narrates the Revolutionary events of that tumultuous year in each of those places and outlines how it impacted people from well-known founders to ordinary citizens.

A book signing will follow in the Museum Store.

Williams has a master’s degree in American history from Ohio State University. He taught for 10 years in Ohio and Virginia, including Hampton Roads Academy. He was recently a Fellow at Colonial Williamsburg’s Rockefeller Library. He is a full-time writer and frequent lecturer, with an upcoming appearance on C-SPAN’s Book TV.

He lives with his family in Williamsburg.

“Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution” is available in the Museum Store for $22.95 and is published by Sourcebooks Inc.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to the lecture and book signing.

Entrance to the museum is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis Street. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” -- a dramatic live street theater presentation -- is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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Penna Rogers
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