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May 9, 2012

How Lives Changed Forever When the English Landed at Jamestown

Colonial Williamsburg historians and interpreters explore the story that began in Jamestown in 1607 and continued in Williamsburg through 1776 during the program, “From Jamestown to Williamsburg: Making and Breaking English America,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the Hennage Auditorium in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg historian Taylor Stoermer, Ph.D., and Willie Balderson, Colonial Williamsburg manager of public history development, illustrate the creation of English institutions in the New World in 1607 to the colonists fight for independence from the Crown in 1776. Learn how the lives of people, including Africans and Native Americans, were changed forever when the English landed in the New World.

Admission to this one-hour program is included in all Historic Area, museum and Good Neighbor passes.

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

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