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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:

    September 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    The Invention of Nature.
    Alexander von Humboldt's New World

    Andrea Wulf

    In this fascinating lecture on her new book, historian Andrea Wulf reintroduces us to a lost hero of science and the forgotten father of environmentalism.  She will take us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps - and his ideas as they go on to revolutionize science, conservation and preservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution.  Wulf will show us why understanding von Humboldt’s vision of the world has become more necessary today than ever before.

    $5 ticket in addition to admission. Free for CW employees, volunteers and W&M students and faculty.

  • October 7, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    George Washington Lecture Series
    The Early Years of George Washington's Life

    Peter Henriques

    George Washington's emergence on the international stage is replete with frustration and failure but also reveals remarkable leadership traits.

    $5 ticket in addition to admission. Free for CW employees, volunteers and W&M students and faculty.


    October 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    George Washington Lecture Series
    George Washington and the French and Indian War

    Peter Henriques

    Relatively little is known about George Washington's youth, and it has led to many myths and misrepresentations. Professor Henriques will closely examine about what we do know about George Washington's first 21 years of life and demonstrate that Washington was no ordinary young man.

    $5 ticket in addition to admission. Free for CW employees, volunteers and W&M students and faculty.


    October 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    George Washington Lecture Series
    George Washington and the Coming of the American Revolution

    Peter Henriques

    George Washington channeled his remarkable energy and talents into becoming the complete Virginia gentleman, but circumstances developed that led him to decide to take up arms against the King and country that he had previously served.

    $5 ticket in addition to admission. Free for CW employees, volunteers and W&M students and faculty.


    November 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    The First Ladies: Influence & Image

    Andy Och

    Join C-SPAN producer, Andy Och, for a fascinating lecture about America's first ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.  Learn more about these women beyond their role in the White House.  They were daughters, sisters, mothers, and individuals with lives before and after the White House.  Discover their influence and impact and what made these women unusual for their time.http://www.firstladiesman.com/home

    $5 ticket in addition to admission. Free for CW employees, volunteers and 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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