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August 21, 2009

Community invited to view Chautauqua Sampler live webcast in Williamsburg on Aug. 26

The community is invited to view a Chautauqua Sampler webcast examining the vision of our nation’s founders and their concept of liberty in relation to slavery and religion live from the Chautauqua Institution at 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the Bruton Heights School Lane Auditorium. The Chautauqua Institution and Colonial Williamsburg present a series of programs on the theme of “The History of Liberty,” the week of Aug. 24 at the institution on Chautauqua Lake near Jamestown, N.Y.

Two different presentations are available for viewing. On Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 10:45 a.m., Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, will lead a discussion on liberty and slavery featuring a dialogue on race and liberty between Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg’s Bill Barker, and Jupiter, Thomas Jefferson’s manservant portrayed by Richard Josey, in a scene entitled “White Goes First.”

During the afternoon session at 2 p.m., religious history scholar Charles Haynes, in conversation with Barker as Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason, portrayed by actor-interpreter Mark Sowell, will focus on the movement from toleration to the free exercise of religion.

Both sessions are free and open to the public for viewing live from Chautauqua on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. No reservations required. Lane Auditorium is located in the Bruton Heights School, 301 First Street, Williamsburg.

Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to lifelong learning. Based on the four pillars of art, education, religion and recreation, Chautauqua’s programs aim to renew the spirit, stimulate the mind, value the arts, and promote physical well-being.

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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