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July 5, 2012

Presidential Elections Discuss How the Campaign Trail Differs Today

Colonial Williamsburg historian Taylor Stoermer, Ph.D., gives historical perspective to the presidential campaign of 2012 by examining current events and reviewing past contests to discover what is unique and what is old hat during the program, “Presidential Elections Then and Now,” at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, July 6 and Aug. 3 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis. St., Williamsburg.

Topics covered include first families and privacy, the role of first ladies, the personality traits of a good leader, religion and politics, and voter rights. Stoermer encourages audiences to take part in discussions that will be shaped by what is happening on the campaign trail and around the world.

Any Revolutionary City ticket, Annual, Good Neighbor or museum pass provides access to this program.

For more information, 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 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

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121