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May 25, 2012

Expert on 18th-century Documents, Espionage Discusses Spies during the American Revolution May 30

John Nagy, scholar-in-residence at St. Francis University, Loretto, Pa., and an expert on 18th-century documents and espionage, discusses spies during the American Revolution at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 in the Visitor Center Theater, 101-A Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg.

Prior to his talk, Nagy will be at the WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers located in Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center from 3-5 p.m. to sign copies of his book, “Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution.”

Nagy is the author of two additional books – “Rebellion in the Ranks Mutinies of the American Revolution” and “Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage across Pennsylvania during the American Revolution.”

Reflections on Pursuit of Happiness June 1

Colonial Williamsburg continues its Friday Evening Lecture series at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1 with Eric S. Petersen. He will sign his book, “Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness,” from 3-5 p.m. in WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers. His presentation, “In Thomas Jefferson’s Own Words: Reflections on Pursuit of Happiness,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center Theater.

Petersen is managing partner at the New York City law firm of Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP. Educated at Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School, he has studied Jefferson’s life and works since 1993. He lives in Connecticut.

The events are free and open to the public.

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 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.

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