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August 14, 2009

Meet the author of the Declaration of Independence and hear how he wrote this famous document

Everyone knows Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence, but how did he decide what to say? Find out at the program, “Jefferson Discusses the Declaration,” at 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 2-Nov. 25 (except Oct. 14 and Nov. 4) at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Meet the president, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Bill Barker, as he recollects writing the Declaration of Independence. A question-and-answer session follows.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Declarations of Independence,” which celebrates the birthday of the document. As the 50th anniversary of the icon of the American Revolution approached in 1826, the document became a source of renewed national pride and inspiration. “Declarations of Independence” showcases the artistic endeavors of five printer engravers who made the engrossed copies of the document for the anniversary that have since become an iconic image of American history.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to the lecture and the exhibition. Free reservations are required.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information, call (757) 220-7724.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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