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May 3, 2011

Program at Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Examines How the Jamestown Colony Nearly Failed

Author and historian Tony Williams explores how the first permanent English settlement in North America nearly failed in his forthcoming book, “The Jamestown Experiment,” at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

Williams examines the settlement of the colony as an audacious business venture by the free and independent English gentlemen-adventurers driven by national glory and the stirrings of private enterprise. He narrates the significant events that led to the colony teetering on the brink of collapse and the decisions that kept the venture alive.

Copies of “The Jamestown Experiment” are available in the Museum Store. A book signing follows the lecture.

Williams also is the author of “America’s Beginnings: The Dramatic Events that Shaped a Nation’s Character,” “Pox and the Covenant: The Epidemic That Altered America’s Destiny” and “Hurricane of Independence.”

Admission is included with all Historic Area or museum passes. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY (1-800-447-8679).

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

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at

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