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June 23, 2009

Meet the author of the Declaration of Independence and hear how he wrote this famous document

Everyone knows Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence, but how did he decide what to say? Find out at the program, “Meet the Author,” at 1:45 p.m. Saturdays, July 11-Aug. 29 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Jefferson, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Bill Barker, talks about the process of writing this famous document. A question-and-answer session follows.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Declarations of Independence,” which celebrates the birthday of the document. As the 50th anniversary of the icon of the American Revolution approached in 1826, the document became a source of renewed national pride and inspiration. “Declarations of Independence” showcases the artistic endeavors of five printer engravers who made the engrossed copies of the document for the anniversary that have since become an iconic image of American history.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to the lecture and the exhibition.

Barker reads the Declaration of Independence on a podcast which goes online Monday, June 29. It can be heard at

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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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121