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March 14, 2008

America's Founding Fathers discuss religious freedom and faith during Colonial Williamsburg's Religion History Month in April

During Religion History Month in April, Colonial Williamsburg’s guests have the opportunity to learn about the role of religion in the 18th century. Programs take place at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and include:

  • God Is My Rock, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Gowan Pamphlet, a slave known locally as a popular preacher offers his perspective on slavery, religion and freedom. Reservations required.
  • Jefferson and Henry Present Their Views on the Separation Between Church and State, 10:30 a.m. and noon Thursdays, April 3, 10 and 17. Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry present their respective bills concerning religion before the Virginia legislature in 1784 to the public. Reservations required.
  • Jefferson and Henry Present Their Views on the Separation Between Church and State, 10:30 a.m. and noon Thursday, April 24. Founding Father Patrick Henry presents his bill concerning religion before the Virginia legislature in 1784 to the public. Reservations required.
  • Gospel of Liberty, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 3-April 27. Guests have the opportunity to view an award-winning video about the Great Awakening in Virginia and the role of Presbyterian minister the Rev. Samuel Davies in the struggle for religious freedom.
  • Link Among the Days, 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 3-April 27. See how Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Church in the early 20th century, made his dream of restoring Williamsburg to its 18th-century appearance a reality.
  • Faith of a Nation Builder, 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Saturdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26. America’s third president Thomas Jefferson or 18th-century Baptist preacher Gowan Pamphlet discuss their views on religion. Reservations required.
  • Advice and Dissent, 11:30 a.m. Sundays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27. James Ireland, a Separate Baptist preacher, speaks of his conversation, trials, temptations and eventual redemption in a time of political upheaval and revolution.
  • Shakers, Shape Notes and Shouts, 4 p.m. Mondays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Kelly Kennedy and John Turner perform and discuss music from the first and second Great Awakenings reaching across both the 18th and 19th centuries.

    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 www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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