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Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series
at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Funded by the Horatio Hall Whitridge and Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Endowment

A Colonial Williamsburg Admissions Ticket, Museum Pass, or Good Neighbor Card provides access for the public for most lectures. See individual lecture descriptions for any additional ticket or reservation requirements.

  • Next Lecture:

    February 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    African American Quilts: Over 200 Years of History

    Kyra Hicks

    Quilt scholar, Kyra Hicks will discuss the history of African American quilts in America.

    Included with museum admission.

  • George Washington lecture series

    Dr. Peter Henriques will present:

    The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789 - April 12, 5:30
    George Washington and the Creation of Nationhood: 1789-1797 - April 13, 5:30
    George Washington's Final Retirement: 1797-1799 - April 20, 5:30

    $5 with museum admission, Free reservation for CW employees and W&M Faculty and students.

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

    Joseph Ellis

    Pulitzer prize winner, Joseph Ellis will discuss his newest book, "The Quartet." During an illustrated lecture Dr Ellis will argue that American nationhood was a result of the efforts of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, with the suport of three others, creating, adopting and implementing the United States Constitution. Come hear the unexpected story of how and why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would subordinate themselves to a new form of government. A book-signing will follow the lecture. For more information on this speaker please visit

    $5.00 ticket in addition to Museum admissions, free reservation for CWF employees and volunteers, W&M students and faculty

Look for more information soon about these and other upcoming Distinguished Scholar Lectures.

Programs and exhibitions at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.