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April 13, 2012

Law Historian Next Speaker in Colonial Williamsburg’s Friday Evening Lecture Series

Colonial Williamsburg continues its Friday Evening Lecture series at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in the Visitor Center Theater, 101-A Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg.

Warren Billings, a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary School of Law, delivers a lecture titled “Of Quill Pens and Foolscap: Writing Early Virginia History.”

Prior to this talk, Billings will be at the WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers located in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. to sign copies of his books. They include “The Little Parliament: The Virginia General Assembly in the Seventeenth Century” and “Sir William Berkeley and the Forging of Colonial Virginia.” Both are available for purchase, for $30 and $24.95 respectively.

Billings is a historian of colonial Virginia and Louisiana law. He chaired Preservation Virginia’s Jamestown Rediscovery Advisory Board from 1994 - 2008, was a member of Preservation Virginia’s Board of Trustees from 2002 - 2008 and was re-appointed in 2011. He served on the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission from 2003 - 2008, the Board of Directors of the Louisiana State Museum from 1989 - 2004 and was historian of the Supreme Court of Louisiana from 1982 - 2005. In 2002, he was Visiting Williams Professor of Law at the University of Richmond.

A past fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former Virginia Historical Society Mellon Research Fellow, Billings received the Virginia Historical Society’s Richard Slattern Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography in 2005. He also lectures frequently on subjects relating to colonial Virginia and early Louisiana.

The event is free and open to the public.

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, 20th and 21st centuries. 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.

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