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October 8, 2010

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Host Jeffersonian Authors for Lectures

Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum will host the authors of two books about Thomas Jefferson.

On Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m., William G. Hyland will discuss his book, “In Defense of Thomas Jefferson,” and the controversy surrounding the nature of Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings.

A book signing will follow the lecture in the Museum Store.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, museum ticket or Good Neighbor pass gains access to the program.

Hyland is a former prosecutor and trial lawyer with more than 25 years of litigation experience. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Ala.

Guests have the opportunity to get a book signed from 2-5 p.m. on Oct. 16 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers, 101 Visitor Center Dr.

“In Defense of Thomas Jefferson” is available in hardcover at Booksellers and at the Museum Store for $26.95.

On Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m., Thomas DiLorenzo will lecture on the subject of his new book, “Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution” at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The book connects modern American problems – corporate welfare, skyrocketing public debt and an out-of-control central bank – to programs championed by Thomas Jefferson’s nemesis Alexander Hamilton. DiLorenzo explains a historical clash that still reverberates today.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, museum ticket or Good Neighbor pass gains access to the program.

DiLorenzo’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Readers Digest, USA Today, National Review and other publications. He is a senior faculty member at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute in Alabama and a professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland.

WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers will host DiLorenzo from 2-4 p.m. prior to the lecture or immediately following the lecture at the Museum Store.

“Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution” is available in paperback at Booksellers and the Museum Store for $15.

Fans of American Girl will recognize Valerie Tripp, author of the Felicity, Josefina, Kit, and Molly series and three of the books in the Samantha series. She will sign books from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 17 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers. She received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and has a master's degree from Harvard University.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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 website at

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