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July 3, 2012

Local Historian Discusses Key Events of the American Revolution at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

At a time when surveys reveal that Americans know less and less about the nation’s past, local author and historian Tony Williams provides entertaining and informative descriptions of 50 key events – some known and some forgotten – that shaped colonial and revolutionary America from his books, “America’s Beginnings: The Dramatic Events That Shaped a Nation’s Character” and “Hurricane of Independence: The Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution,” at 4:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

During upcoming programs, Williams focuses on different events. The programs scheduled are:

  • “America’s Beginnings: The Declaration of Independence,” Saturday, July 7;
  • “America’s Beginnings: Virginia’s Statute for Religious Freedom,” Saturday, July 21; and
  • “Hurricane of Independence: The Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution,” Saturday, Sept. 1.

    Copies of “America’s Beginnings: The Dramatic Events That Shaped a Nation’s Character” and “Hurricane of Independence: The Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution,” as well as his other books, “The Jamestown Experiment” and the “Pox and the Covenant: The Epidemic That Altered America’s Destiny,” are available in the Museum Store. A book signing follows each program.

    Any Revolutionary City ticket, Annual, Good Neighbor or museum pass provides access to these programs.

    Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum 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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