March 13, 2009
America's leading scholars discuss 18th-century religious expression during CW's Religion Month in April
During Religion Month in April, Colonial Williamsburg’s guests have the opportunity to learn about the role of religion in the 18th century. Among the weekly programs offered are scholarly lectures each Wednesday, a musical program exploring the place of music in the American religious experience and videos on the Great Awakening in Virginia and on Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin’s dream to restore Williamsburg.
Programs take place at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and include:
Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. The museums will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 15 and then 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 16, 2009 to Jan. 2, 2010. For information call (757) 220-7724.
Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
Guests can learn the viewpoints of our nation’s Founding Fathers during several programs through April that include:
The Kimball Theatre box office is open 3:30-7:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.
The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia.
Two sites in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area offer religion programs year-round. The African American Religion Exhibit, located in the reconstructed Taliaferro-Cole Stable, stands near the site where the African American First Baptist Church met in the early 1800s in a carriage house. Today the stable houses an exhibit that traces the religious heritage of transported Africans and their descendants in Virginia and the development of an African American Baptist congregation in Williamsburg in the late 18th century.
Colonial Williamsburg guests can discover the 18th-century movement toward increased religious diversity through a new audio program at the Presbyterian Meeting House in the Davenport Stable near the Capitol in the Historic Area. The program features narration by Patrick Henry –- portrayed in the Historic Area by Richard Schumann – who was greatly influenced by an evangelical Presbyterian, the Rev. Samuel Davies. Guests also hear a Presbyterian chaplain comfort a fallen American soldier on the battlefield at Yorktown and later preach to the French and American forces after the British surrender in 1781. Throughout the program, there are sounds of Presbyterians gathering in the meeting house and singing hymns. Reconstruction of the Davenport Stable as the Presbyterian Meeting House was made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind.
A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides access to enjoy these programs.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Religion History Month and other related programs are made possible through the generous support of the Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, Wis.
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 www.history.org.