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March 14, 2008

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offer Visiting Scholar Lecture Series in Celebration of Religion History Month in April

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation welcomes five
religion scholars for the annual Visiting Scholar Lecture Series that celebrates Religion
History Month in April. All lectures will take place at 4 p.m. in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

Lectures include:

  • George Washington’s Civil Religion, Wednesday, April 2. Jeffry H. Morrison of Regent University lectures on Washington and religion.
  • Commissaries of the Church of England, Wednesday, April 9. Edward L. Bond of Alabama A&M University speaks on the topic of the Bishop of London’s deputies or commissaries in colonial Virginia.
  • Samuel Davies and the Printers in Williamsburg, Wednesday, April 16. C. Jan Swearingen of Texas A&M University focuses on Samuel Davies’ relationships with several Williamsburg printers.
  • James Madison and the Freedom of Religion, Wednesday, April 23. Garrett Sheldon of the University of Virginia at Wise discusses James Madison’s interest in and work toward the freedom of religion in Virginia and the United States.
  • Uses of the Bible in the Political Rhetoric of the American Founding, Wednesday, April 30. Daniel Dreisbach of American University talks about the biblical language in the public arena in colonial America.

    Colonial Williamsburg’s Religion History Month and other related programs are made possible through the generous support of the Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, Wis.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides admission to the lectures.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Entrance to The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Beginning March 17, museum operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information and reservations 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. “Revolutionary City®,” a daily two-hour interactive dramatic presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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 Web site at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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