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February 16, 2010

Author discusses Jefferson's "Flight from Monticello" in wartime during his term as governor of Virginia

Michael Kranish, Boston Globe reporter, author and historian, discusses his newest book, “Flight from Monticello: Jefferson at War,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

The well-documented book explores Thomas Jefferson’s wartime conduct as governor of Virginia. Kranish explores the relationship between Jefferson and Patrick Henry, and details Jefferson’s last-minute escape as British troops raced toward Monticello.

Kranish used Colonial Williamsburg’s many resources to research the book. “I learned a great deal by talking to the Foundation's historians, reading archival material in the library and talking with the knowledgeable interpreters,” he said. “I used an array of materials from Williamsburg and elsewhere to write this story of Virginia during the Revolutionary War, including Benedict Arnold's invasion of the state and Gov. Jefferson's flight from the British. I also will talk about how these events shaped Jefferson when he later became president."

“Flight from Monticello” can be purchased at the Museum Store. A book signing will follow the program.

Kranish, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, is a correspondent in the Globe’s Washington Bureau, where he has covered national affairs and presidential campaigns for the past 20 years. Kranish has been the Globe’s congressional reporter, White House correspondent and national political reporter, filing stories from 49 states and 25 countries.

Following the 2004 presidential campaign, Kranish explored the possibility of writing a full-scale history on a subject that had long interested him: the Revolutionary War. He was awarded a fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and gained access to the Jefferson Library to obtain resources in writing “Flight from Monticello.”

Kranish is the co-author of the New York Times best seller, “John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography.”

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to this lecture.

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

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at 326 W. Francis St. in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beginning March 15, 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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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Penna Rogers
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