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September 28, 2010

Explore the Contributions of Native Americans with Back Story – The American History Guys

Renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh from the radio program “BackStory with the American History Guys” will explore the contributions of native peoples to North American history during a live discussion at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Kimball Theatre.

The History Guys will discuss topics ranging from Jamestown to a 21st-century renewal of American Indian culture. Questions will be taken from the audience.

This event is free but tickets are required. Free reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 229-2141.

“BackStory with the American History Guys” is a public radio program that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. Episodes have been broadcast by 92 stations in 36 states. On each show, a topic is ripped from the headlines, and the History Guys plumb its historical depths.
Program topics have been as diverse as presidential transitions, unemployment, Mother’s Day, financial crises, leisure and travel, temperance and drink, imprisonment, energy, elections, rituals of mourning, federalism and health. Reaching people in their homes and cars, offering deeply informed, yet accessible and enjoyable conversation on the radio, the hosts make their own spontaneous thinking and that of other groundbreaking historians available to a wide public audience.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is dedicated to interpreting the origins of the idea of America, leading up to the American Revolution. Colonial Williamsburg tells the story of a revolutionary city and how diverse peoples, having different and sometimes conflicting ambitions, became a society that valued liberty and equality – looking to these values as a birthright, even though their promise remains unfilled. Colonial Williamsburg’s staff of historians, researchers and skilled interpreters provide a rich, in-depth resource on subjects relevant to today including issues of the role of citizens in a democracy, self governance, law and order, war, the economy and society at large.

Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities provide underwriting support during 2009-2010 for the VFH Radio program “BackStory with the American History Guys,”

Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121