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September 18, 2012

Author Lectures on America’s Social and Political Beginnings at DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers

This fall, author and historian Tony Williams provides insight on both historic social beginnings as well as America’s political beginnings in presentations this September, October and November at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers and DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

  • Friday, Sept. 21 – “America’s Beginnings: The Dramatic Events That Shaped a Nation’s Character.” Williams greets guests and signs copies of his books from 3 – 5 p.m. at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers, 101-A Visitor Center Dr., in the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center. He will discuss the book in the Visitor Center West Theater at 5:30 p.m. All of his books will be available and include “Hurricane of Independence” ($15.95 paperback and $22.95 hardback), “The Pox and the Covenant” ($15.99 paperback and $24.99 hardback), “The Jamestown Experiment” ($15.99 paperback and hardback) and “America’s Beginnings” ($16.95 hardback).
  • Saturday, Oct. 13 – “The Pox and the Covenant: The Epidemic that Altered America’s Destiny.” Guests learn about a dramatic smallpox epidemic that raged through Boston in 1721, killed many and tore apart the social fabric at its seams. Williams relates the gripping details from his book about the epidemic and the innovative discovery of inoculation that saved lives but set up a furious debate over science and religion. This event will be held at 3 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. Williamsburg. Copies of the books are available in the Museum Store, and a book signing follows.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 – “America’s Beginnings: Elections.” Williams provides an entertaining and informative description of 50 key events – some known and some forgotten – that shaped colonial and revolutionary America, from the Mayflower Compact to the Annapolis Convention at 3 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Copies of the books are available in the Museum Store, and a book signing follows.

    Programs and exhibitions at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission pass, Annual, Museum or Good Neighbor Pass provides access to these programs. For more information, please call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 220-7724.

    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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