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May 31, 2011

Author and Historian Discusses the Creation of America’s First Army and the Rise of General Washington During Program at Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Author and historian Paul Lockhart reassesses the first major engagement of the American Revolution during the presentation, “The Whites of Their Eyes,” at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

The program illuminates the Battle of Bunker Hill as a crucial event in the creation of an American identity, dexterously interweaving the story of this pivotal battle with two other momentous narratives – the creation of America’s first army and the rise of the man who led it, George Washington.

The lecture is based on Lockhart’s most recent book, “The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington.” Copies are available for sale in the Museum Store. A book signing follows the program.

A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Lockhart is a professor of history at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He teaches courses in European and military history.

He also is the author of “The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army”; “Denmark, 1513-1660: The Rise and Decline of a Renaissance Monarchy”; “Frederik II and the Protestant Cause: Denmark’s Role in the Wars of Religion, 1559-1596”; “Sweden in the Seventeenth Century” (European History in Perspective series); and “Denmark in the Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648: King Christian IV and the Decline of the Oldenburg State.”

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.

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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