March 22, 2002
April programming to focus on the role of religion
April is Religion Month at Colonial Williamsburg. Programs at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium will focus on the role religion played in the lives of men and women, past and present, and include:
3:30 p.m., Gospel of Liberty. A dramatization of the life of the Rev. Samuel Davies, a Presbyterian minister, who fought for greater religious liberty in Virginia from 1747 to 1759. Video. 45 minutes.
April 10, 4 p.m., “Follow Peace with all good Men of whatsoever Denomination”: Struggling to Practice Religious Toleration in Colonial Virginia, Edward Bond, assistant professor of history, Alabama A&M University. Religion was on the minds of 17th- and 18th-century Virginians much more than secular historians typically have reported. Understanding the role of the established church and the various dissenting groups as agents of change is key to an accurate picture of colonial Virginia. One hour.
April 17, 4 p.m., Where Are We Going in American Religious History These Days? Mark Valeri, E.T. Thompson professor of church history, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. The place of religious history has changed considerably with the repositioning of social history over the last half-century. One hour.
April 24 , 4 p.m., “Give Me Liberty”: Patrick Henry and the Parsons, C. Jan Swearingen, professor of English, Texas A&M University. Some historians trace Patrick Henry’s style of oratory to the Rev. Samuel Davies and to Henry’s self-taught practice of law. Like Davies, Henry often was criticized for overly emotional speaking, stirring his audiences with the cheap tricks of a demagogue. Yet, if we examine the substance of their speeches, we can see words mixed with careful thought. One hour.
Unless otherwise noted, programs are included in museum admission. For program information, call 7724.