August 17, 2011
Colonial Williamsburg, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Examine Evolution of U.S. Society, Race and the American Identity
Colonial Williamsburg actor-interpreters and historians discuss the controversies and tensions that led to the Civil War and the issues that continue to shape our contemporary society during the program, “The Path to the Civil War,” Aug. 21-27 at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.
In collaboration with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Chautauqua presentations will focus on disunion and slavery as two of the most significant issues leading to the Civil War. Highlights of the week are Colonial Williamsburg actor-interpreters portraying both slaves and founding fathers Washington and Jefferson and a closing panel to discuss legacies and contemporary relevance.
Additional speakers include: Michael Klarman, professor of Harvard Law School; and Roger Guenveur Smith, international writer, director, actor and educator.
For more information about hotel package and tickets, contact the Chautauqua Institution at 1-888-835-9140 or visit www.ciweb.org.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Chautauqua Institution and the National Museum of African American History and Culture are co-sponsoring this event.
The Chautauqua Institution and Colonial Williamsburg participated previously at Chautauqua on a series of programs on the theme of “The History of Liberty” in 2009.
Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to lifelong learning. Based on the four pillars of art, education, religion and recreation, Chautauqua’s programs aim to renew the spirit, stimulate the mind, value the arts and promote physical well-being. The Chautauqua Institution is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state.
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. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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 www.history.org.