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May 8, 2009

CW architectural historian to discuss "New Discoveries in an Old Church" May 17

Carl Lounsbury, senior architectural historian in the architectural research department of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will speak about “New Discoveries in an Old Church” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at Historic St. Luke’s Church in Isle of Wight County.

Lounsbury observed the tests on original timbers in the church by the Oxford Dendrochronology Lab, Oxford, England, and will review the dendrochronolgy process.

Lounsbury is responsible for major research projects such as the Courthouse, the Capitol, Bruton Parish Church, the Douglass Theatre and other historic buildings. He also teaches courses in architectural history and field recording methodology at the College of William and Mary. Lounsbury has been with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 1982. He has a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in American studies from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina.

There is no charge to attend the event.

Historic St. Luke's was affectionately known as "Old Brick Church" long before it was given its present name in 1820.

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

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