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April 25, 2008

Historian explores impact of Civil War on colonial capital during program "Yankees in the Streets"

On the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg, historian and author Carson Hudson presents an illustrated lecture on how the battle impacted the 18th-century capital of Virginia during the program, “Yankees in the Streets,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

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 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 The Line of Duty.”

This program is included in museum admission.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. 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. For information and reservations 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 – 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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