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December 8, 2011

Author Signs “George Washington’s Rules of Civility”

Author and scholar John T. Phillips II signs copies of his book, “George Washington’s Rules of Civility,” Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 in several Colonial Williamsburg stores.

On Dec. 10, Phillips will be in the Historic Area Post Office, 303 E. Duke of Gloucester St., from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. From 4-7 p.m., he will sign books at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers at Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center, 101-A Visitor Center Dr. The Fifes and Drums also perform at the Visitor Center.

On Dec. 11, Phillips will make an appearance from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Williamsburg Lodge Gift Shop, 310 S. England St. He will sign books at Tarpley’s Store, 402 E. Duke of Gloucester St., from 1-4 p.m. and at the WILLIAMSBURG Craft House, 402 W. Duke of Gloucester St., from 4-7 p.m.

“George Washington's Rules of Civility” features a collection of rules of etiquette reflecting hundreds of years of social and cultural changes in western civilization. The book is based on a set of rules a 13-year-old George Washington recorded in 1745. Like many young men in the colonies, young Washington was learning to carry himself in the fashion of a respectable British gentleman. His workbook sat undisturbed for more than a century until 1849, when his private papers were purchased by the Library of Congress.

A native Virginian, Phillips was awarded a doctor of laws degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in economics (finance-theory), magna cum laude, from North Carolina State University, where he was installed in Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Chain. In 1996, after 17 years of practice in the federal and Virginia courts and 12 years as a consulting economist on international trade matters, Philips accepted a position with George Mason University teaching Virginia’s Colonial laws and Revolutionary history.

“George Washington's Rules of Civility” can be purchased at WILLIAMBURG Booksellers in the premium leather-bound edition for $26.95.

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. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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