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April 27, 2007

Historian explores the Battle of Williamsburg in the program "Yankees in the Streets"

Learn about the Civil War’s Battle of Williamsburg during the program, “Yankees in the Streets,” 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. On the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg, historian and author Carson Hudson looks back at this time in the old colonial capital and discuss how the battle impacted the town.

Hudson’s books on Virginia include “Civil War Williamsburg,” on the Battle of Williamsburg, and “These Detestable Slaves of the Devil,” a guide to witchcraft in colonial Virginia.

Hudson currently heads the company Historical Diversions, which re-creates historically accurate entertainment from America’s past for museums, historic sites, community events and educational institutions.

He also has worked as a program production manager for Colonial Williamsburg, writing and directing such productions as “Trial by Fire,” “Cry Witch,” “Under the Jolly Roger” and “In Line of Duty.”

This program is included in museum admission. No reservation is required.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. Entrance to The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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