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January 16, 2009

Revolutionary City®-themed programs move indoors for the winter months in 2009

Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City® -themed programs can be enjoyed indoors during the winter 2009 season.

Through March 15, guests meet and converse with people facing the challenges and consequences of the American Revolution. Programs include:

  • Conversation with a Nation Builder, 12:45-1:15 p.m., Mary Stith Shop. The world is familiar with the accomplishments of America’s historical giants – men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. The efforts of these great men were essential to the overthrow of tyranny and the establishment of the United States as a self-governing republic. But their contributions were made possible only by the often overlooked people of history on whose shoulders these first-line patriots stood. These people, preachers and house servants, enslaved and free, who lived their lives, some heroically and some humbly, were nation builders. Have a conversation with a Nation Builder as they discuss the “revolutionary” events that helped to inspire and influence the ideas of their American dream. Daily except Thursdays and Jan. 26, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21.
  • The King’s Government Collapses – 1774-1776: “Revolutionary People,” 2, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3, 3:15 and 3:30 p.m., Raleigh Tavern. A number of events occurred in Williamsburg that were pivotal to the evolution of Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. These events led Virginians to declare that the colonies were no longer under British rule but free and independent United States of America. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the exception of Feb. 17-27.
  • In the Course of Human Events – 1776-1781: “Revolutionary People,” 2, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3, 3:15 and 3:30 p.m., Raleigh Tavern, Many tests and trials befall people of Williamsburg as they create a new self-governing society. Several key events move the people of Virginia toward founding a new democratic republic. Speak with Virginians who struggle with the issues of freedom and independence. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with the exception of Feb. 18-27.

    In addition to these programs, Revolutionary City-themed programs continue in February and March, and include:

  • Conversation with a Founding Father, 11:30 a.m., Kimball Theatre. Talk with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or the Marquis de Lafayette about issues that shaped their times and continue to resonate with us today. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 16-March 13.
    Dialogues in Revolution – 1774-1776! 2:30-4 p.m., Capitol. Debate with Virginian’s representatives as they struggle with the ideas of freedom and liberty in the face of British tyranny. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Feb. 17-March 7.
  • Dialogues in Revolution – 1776 to 1781! 2:30-4 p.m., Capitol. Meet residents of Williamsburg and converse with them about issues of freedom and independence. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, Feb. 18-March 8.

    A valid Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Pass provides access to all Revolutionary City-themed programs. Scheduling is subject to change.

    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 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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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