March 17, 2005
Founding Fathers discuss religion in the 18th century during CW's recognition of Religion Month in April
April is Religion Month and during special programs at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, prominent 18th-century residents describe the role religion played in their lives while 21st-century scholars discuss the importance of religion in the colonial era. All programs will take place in the Hennage Auditorium and include:
12:30 p.m., “Gospel of Liberty.” This award-winning program discusses the Great Awakening in Virginia and the role of Presbyterian Minister Samuel Davies in the struggle for religious tolerance. 45 minutes.
2 p.m., “A Link Among the Days.” Explore Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin’s dream to restore Colonial Williamsburg. 30 minutes.
3:30 p.m., “Our Common Passage.” This one-woman drama depicts the lives of four women and their experiences of motherhood, childbirth and loss in colonial America before and during the Revolution. 45 minutes.
April 6–“The Curious Identity of An Anglican Minister: James Blair of Virginia,” Edward L.
Bond, Assistant Professor of History, Alabama A&M University;
April 13-“Sweet Land of Liberty,” C. Jan Swearingen, Professor of English, Texas A&M
April 20-“The Religion of the Founding Fathers,” David L. Homes, Professor of Religion,
The College of William and Mary, Virginia; and
April 27-“Christian Forgiveness and Anglo-Indian Relationships in Early New England,” Mark Valeri, E. T. Thompson Professor of Church History, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia.
2 p.m., “To Such Belong the Kingdom of God.” Martha Washington speaks with children and adults about proper upbringing and family matters. 45 minutes. Reservations required.
4 p.m., “The First Lady Reflects on the Role of Religion in Her Life.” Martha Washington shares her views on religion. 45 minutes. Reservations required.
All Religion Month programs are included in museum admission. Reservations are required where indicated. Reservations can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet, including the Museum Shop at the Wallace Museum.