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April 10, 2012

Author and Historian Discusses How Patrick Henry Helped Shape the Nation during Programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Guests are invited to two programs presented by author and historian Tony Williams – “America’s Beginnings: Patrick Henry” and “The Jamestown Experiment” – at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, Va.

“America’s Beginnings: Patrick Henry” will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. At a time when surveys reveal that Americans know less and less about our past, Williams provides entertaining and informative descriptions of 50 key events – some known and some forgotten – that shaped colonial and revolutionary America, from the Mayflower Compact to the Annapolis Convention. This program focuses on Patrick Henry.

He also will explore the events surrounding the Jamestown colony in his book, “The Jamestown Experiment,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. This program will examine 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 will narrate the significant events that led to the colony teetering on the brink of collapse and the decisions that kept the venture alive.

Copies of his books will be available in the Museum Store, and a book signing will follow each program.

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

Historic Area admission, museum admission and Annual or Good Neighbor passes provide access to these programs. For more information, please call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 220-7724.

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. through 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 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. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. 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.

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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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