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January 15, 2007

Horn appointed CW's vice president of research

Colonial Williamsburg President Colin G. Campbell has announced the appointment of Jim Horn, director of research and Abby and George O’Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, to vice president of research effective Jan. 1. In this position, he will oversee the archaeological research, architectural collections management and conservation, architectural research and historical research departments, as well as the library. He succeeds Cary Carson who retired at the end of 2006.

Horn will continue to serve as chair of the Education for Citizenship Steering Committee, which oversees all initiatives related to Education for Citizenship such as the Revolutionary City program. He is the author of numerous books and articles on colonial America, including his much praised “A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America” and has edited a new edition of Captain John Smith’s writings for the Library of America to be published in the spring.

Previously he served as the Saunders Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, visiting editor of publications at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary, and head of the School of Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Brighton, England, where he taught for 20 years before moving to the United States.

Horn is a distinguished lecturer of the Organization of American Historians, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain and has held fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University, the College of William and Mary, and Harvard University.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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