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December 24, 2007

Musical historians David and Ginger Hildebrand pay musical tribute to Ben Franklin at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Musicians and musical historians David and Ginger Hildebrand will pay tribute to Benjamin Franklin in a concert “Music in the Life of Benjamin Franklin” at 2 and 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. This program includes songs written about Franklin as well as a few he composed. These songs are performed on a variety of appropriate period instruments.

Benjamin Franklin served his country as the first American diplomatic representative to France, a critical step in bringing the British army to surrender at Yorktown. In addition to a successful political career, Franklin left a musical legacy that ranged from publishing ballads as a young man to attending formal operas in the capitals of Europe as a national figurehead.

The Hildebrands present concerts and educational programs throughout the United States for museums, historical societies and sites, as well as at universities. They appear frequently at The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon. Their music is featured on movies and television documentaries, including the PBS series “Liberty! The American Revolution,” “Rediscovering George Washington” and the C-SPAN Series “American Presidents.”

They have made several recordings including: “Music in the Life of Benjamin Franklin”; “George Washington: Music for the First President”; “Over the Hills and Far Away, Being a Collection of Music from 18th-century Annapolis”; and “Music from the Charles Carroll Family, 1785-1832.” Recordings are available in the Museum Store.

The program is included in museum admission. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and are located at 325 W. Francis St. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For information call (757) 220-7724.

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 – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. 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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