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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:

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

    Tony Williams

    Tony Williams, author of "America's Beginnings" will discuss the contentious debates lead by Madison, Jefferson and others in our early government that lead to the law protecting our religious freedoms. A book signing will follow.

    Free with Museum admission.

  • Thursday, July 6, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    George Washington’s Inauguration

    Tony Williams

    Tony Williams, author of "America's Beginnings," will discuss the 1789 inauguration of George Washington. How did it differ from modern inaugurations, and what presidential precedents did Washington establish? A book signing will follow.

    Free with Museum admission.

  • Monday, August 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    Benjamin Franklin & the Hot Air Balloon

    Tony Williams

    Historian and author Tony Williams explores the invention of hot-air ballooning in Paris during the time when Benjamin Franklin led negotiations for a peace settlement to end the Revolutionary War. A book signing will follow.

    Free with Museum admission.

  • Monday September 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    The Federalist Papers

    Tony Williams

    Tony Williams, co-author of "Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America," will discuss the writing of the Federalist Papers and their role in the formation of our American government. A book signing will follow.

    Free with Museum admission.

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    Two Races, One Family

    Pamela Williams, James Wilson and Jamie D. Wilson

    Three members of an extended Granville County, North Carolina family describe their personal ancestry journeys, the DNA tests that brought them together as cousins and research partners, and the emotional aspects of finding the slave/master family tie.

    Free with Museum admission.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    Right hand Man? George Washington and Alexander Hamilton

    Peter Henriques

    Historian, Peter Henriques will speak on the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, and how Hamilton became an indispensable right hand man to both General and President Washington.

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

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
    Hennage Auditorium

    The Duel Between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: The Musical and the Reality

    Peter Henriques

    Professor Henriques is “not throwing away his shot.” Starting with a look at Hamilton, the most talked about Broadway show in years, Professor Henriques examines the most famous duel in American history and examines if it is possible to make sense out of the├é┬áseemingly contradictory accounts of what actually happened.

    $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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