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June 9, 2009

Citizen candidates become Americans during CW's Naturalization Ceremony June 15

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation welcomes 100 new American citizens during the Naturalization Ceremony 4 p.m. Monday, June 15 in an indoor ceremony at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security will co-sponsor the ceremony.

Davison M. Douglas, the incoming Dean at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, will be the featured speaker. Douglas joined the faculty of William and Mary in 1990 and is currently the Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law. He will assume his responsibilities as dean on July 1, 2009.

Federal Judge James E. Bradberry of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia will preside. Assistant U.S. Attorney George M. Kelley III will give the introduction and Certification of the Candidates. John S. Bacon, Colonial Williamsburg’s senior vice president for external affairs and secretary to the Board of Trustees, will offer welcome remarks on behalf of the Foundation.

During the ceremony, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will perform. Colonial Williamsburg’s Jane Hanson will lead attendees in the “Star Spangled Banner.” She also will present a brief history of “America the Beautiful” and perform the song. Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Bill Rose will conclude the ceremony with a welcome salute.

These new citizens, their families and guests are invited to post images of the day’s ceremony and to blog online about their new citizenship at Created by Colonial Williamsburg, the site fosters online discussion about civic responsibility by engaging a diverse community which, guided by the values and principles of the inventors of democracy, participates in the exploration of citizenship issues. Such online debate encourages participants to consider their obligations to one another as members of a global body politic.

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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