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June 10, 2011

Author and Historian Tony Williams Recounts “America’s Beginnings”

At a time when surveys reveal that Americans know less and less about U.S. history, author and historian Tony Williams provides entertaining and informative descriptions of 50 key events that shaped Colonial and Revolutionary America during “America’s Beginnings: The Dramatic Events That Shaped a Nation’s Character” at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, June 15, July 6 and July 27 in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

From the Mayflower Compact to the Annapolis Convention, Williams’ new book delves into both the common and obscure moments of Revolutionary history. He tells the story of heroism and perseverance, the principles that shaped America and the establishment of self-government by the consent of the governed.

Copies of “America’s Beginnings: The Dramatic Events That Shaped a Nation’s Character” are available in the Museum Store. A book signing follows.

Williams also is the author of “The Jamestown Experiment,” “Pox and the Covenant: The Epidemic That Altered America’s Destiny” and “Hurricane of Independence.”

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor pass 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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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