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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:

    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 www.prhspeakers.com.

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


  • Friday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    Unusual for their Time: On the Road with America's First Ladies

    Andy Och

    Award winning television producer and First Ladies Documentarian, Andrew Och brings stories from his year plus journey "On the Road with America's First Ladies" back to Williamsburg. He will be telling new stories and discussing different first ladies from his previous visit with a special focus on the letters of the First Ladies. These letters, journals and personal thoughts of our Nation's former First Ladies give us a window into their world like no other artifact or article. Book-signing will follow the lecture.

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


    Friday, October 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence

    Richard Brown

    At the Treaty of Paris, the French and Indian War ended, and King George III gained clear title to more territory than had ever been exchanged in any other war before or since. The British military employed its best-trained artists and engineers to map the richest prize in its Empire. They would need those maps for the fratricidal war that would begin twelve years later. The high skills of the surveyors, artists, and engravers who delineated the topography and fields of battle allow us to observe the unfolding of events that ultimately defined the United States. Book-signing will follow the lecture.

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


    Monday, October 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    "Can't We Get Along?" George Washington's Break with Five Famous Virginians

    Peter Henriques

    While many people look back to the "good old days" when everyone was patriotic and got along, it is interesting to note that over time George Washington completely severed his relationship with five famous Virginians: George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Edmund Randolph. Professor Henriques will exam these breaks and see if there is a common thread between them.

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


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



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