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February 14, 2012

Dirty Politics: Delve into the First Modern Political Campaign

“Presidential Politics Then and Now” outlines the birth of modern politics in the tumultuous 1800 election between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg. Peter S. Onuf, the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History and a historian of the National Public Radio’s “BackStory with the American History Guys,” and Frank Cogliano, professor of history at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, are the featured speakers of this two-part event.

Following the talk, guests have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall discussion with Onuf; Cogliano; Bill Weldon, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of public programming; Bill Barker, Colonial Williamsburg’s Thomas Jefferson; and Taylor Stoermer, Colonial Williamsburg’s research historian. During this half of the program, the speakers explore the ways that Thomas Jefferson was used and abused in the 1800 presidential race.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor pass provides access to these programs.

For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit

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. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 11. 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

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Penna Rogers
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