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August 30, 2011

Author and Historian Tony Williams Recounts “The Hurricane of Independence”

Local historian and author Tony Williams discusses his first book, “The Hurricane of Independence,” at the DeWitt Wallace Museum on Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The book details the dramatic story of the deadly hurricane that struck North America in 1775, the year the American Revolution began.

Williams traces the path of the hurricane as it swept through the American colonies and details the affects of the hurricane on the stirring revolution as it ravaged the East Coast.

Copies of “The Hurricane of Independence: The Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution” are available in the Museum Store. A book signing follows.

Williams also is the author of “The Jamestown Experiment,” “Pox and the Covenant: The Epidemic That Altered America’s Destiny” and “America’s Beginnings.”

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor pass 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 7 p.m. daily. 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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