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April 18, 2008

Renowned history scholar Alf Mapp to sign books at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® April 26

Historian, teacher and author Alf J. Mapp will sign copies of his books, “Faith of Our Fathers: What America’s Founders Really Believed” and “Thomas Jefferson: America’s Paradoxical Patriot” 2-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Williamsburg Booksellers®, 101 Visitor Center Dr.

Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg character interpreter Bill Barker, will attend the signing from 4-5 p.m.

A teacher, author and historian, Professor Mapp served on the faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk from 1961-1992 and taught courses in English, journalism, creative writing, history and western civilization. In 1992, he was awarded the status of Eminent Scholar Emeritus and Louis I. Jaffe Professor Emeritus.

He also has authored several books, including "The Virginia Experiment: The Old Dominion's Role In the Making of America 1607–1781” (May 2006) and "Three Golden Ages: Discovering the Creative Secrets of Renaissance Florence, Elizabethan England, and America's Founding" (March 1999).

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 – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” -- a daily dramatic live street theater presentation -- is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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 Web site at

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