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October 7, 2008

CW's Journal marks its 30th anniversary with the Autumn 2008 issue

Colonial Williamsburg, the journal of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, marks its 30th anniversary with the publication of the autumn issue. The cover story is “Gambling: Apple-Pie American and Older than the Mayflower,” in which contributor Ed Crews examines gaming in early America.

A special holiday section includes:

  • “Company for Christmas” — Christopher Geist, a professor emeritus at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, writes about Williamsburg social life after the victory at Yorktown in October 1781;
  • “With Boughs of Holly” — Contributor Mary Miley Theobald examines the tradition of decorating with holly;
  • “Christmas in Prints” — Michael Olmert, an English professor at the University of Maryland, views 18th-century holiday prints; and
  • “Muslim Holidays” — Bob Doares, an instructor in Colonial Williamsburg’s department of interpretive training, explores the traditions of Islamic holy days.

    These articles and stories from other issues are online at Colonial Williamsburg can be purchased at Everything WILLIAMSBURG and Williamsburg Booksellers at the Foundation’s Visitor Center. Complimentary copies can be obtained and subscriptions ordered at For more information, call 888-CWF-1776.

    The journal, published four times a year, is a benefit to donors who contribute $35 or more annually.

    Established in 1927, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as 18th-century 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 trades people 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 invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” — a daily live street theater presentation—is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is in Virginia’s Tidewater, 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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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