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January 14, 2011

Author of “The Jeffersons at Shadwell” Offers New Perspective of the Nation’s Third President

Kern, author of “The Jeffersons at Shadwell,” offers new views of the Jefferson family’s role in settling Virginia as well as new perspectives on Thomas Jefferson’s early years at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Kern merges archaeology, material culture and social history to recover the story of Shadwell, the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson and home to his parents, Jane and Peter Jefferson, their eight children and more than 60 slaves.

She is visiting assistant professor of history at the College of William and Mary’s Lyon G. Tyler Department of History and is former archaeologist for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.

Copies of “The Jeffersons at Shadwell” are available in the Museum Store. A book signing follows the lecture.

An interview featuring Susan Kern is available for viewing at:
http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2010/susan-kerns-book-shows-the-young-jefferson-as-he-actually-was-123.php

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 include 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, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday through March 13. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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