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April 6, 2007

CW offers Visiting Scholar Lecture Series in April as part of Religion History Month

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation welcomes three religion scholars for the annual Visiting Scholar Lecture Series that celebrates Religion History Month in April. All programs will be held at 4 p.m. in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

Lectures include:

  • “The Changing Understanding of Church-State Relations, 1776-1896, in Virginia,” Wednesday, April 11. Edward L. Bond, associate professor of history at Alabama A&M University, presents his views on how the relationship between state government and organized religion in Virginia changed from the start of the American Revolution to the end of America’s Civil War.
  • “Pennsylvania German Religion: Its Artistic Expression,” April 18. Pastor Fredrick S. Weiser, past editor for the Pennsylvania German Society and folk art scholar, explores how frakturs, tombstones, textiles and pottery from 1780-–1850 expressed religious beliefs.
  • “The English Bible: Shaping American Public Culture in the Colonial and Founding Periods,” Wednesday, April 25. Daniel L. Dreisbach, professor of law, justice and society at American University, speaks on the importance of the Bible in the establishment of a truly American culture in the 17th and 18th centuries.
    Colonial Williamsburg’s Religion History Month and other related programs aremade possible through the generous support of the Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, Wis.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, Good Neighbor Pass or College of William and Mary faculty or student ID is required to attend the program.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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