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June 5, 2009

Local historian and author Tony Williams explores smallpox epidemic in Boston

Local historian and author Tony Williams previews his upcoming book during his lecture, “Pox and the Covenant: The Epidemic That Altered America’s Destiny,” 5:30 p.m. June 17 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

In 1721 a smallpox epidemic ravaged Boston, killed hundreds of people and led to the introduction of inoculation into the American colonies. Who was for and who was against the inoculation?
Williams is the author of “The Hurricane of Independence.”

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Museum Pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to this lecture.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information, 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. 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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