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Gordon S. Wood Named the Next Colonial Williamsburg Revolutionary in Residence
Submitted by Anna Cordle

WoodGS ImageWILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 31, 2018) – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood is Colonial Williamsburg’s newest Revolutionary in Residence. The historian and acclaimed scholar’s residency begins in September and will include various engagements with internal and external Foundation audiences.

As part of his residency, Wood moderates "Friends Divided: A Revolutionary in Residence Conversation” at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Hennage Auditorium at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg’s Young Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Kurt Smith, and President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker, reflect on Jefferson’s friendship and bitter rivalry with John Adams. The program is inspired by Wood’s new book, "Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.” Tickets for the event are $10 plus Colonial Williamsburg or Art Museums admission. A book signing follows the program.

The renowned historian’s residency also includes discussion sessions with Colonial Williamsburg staff and a feature in Colonial Williamsburg’s "Trend and Tradition” magazine.

"The Revolutionaries in Residence program allows Colonial Williamsburg opportunities to partner with distinguished figures at the top of their respective fields and crafts,” said Ghislain d’Humières, Colonial Williamsburg senior vice president of core operations. "Gordon’s extensive knowledge of American history, and his expertise on the then-radical ideas of the American Revolution, make him a natural fit for the Revolutionaries in Residence program. We are excited to welcome Gordon to his residency and look forward to learning from his scholarship.”

"Colonial Williamsburg is the greatest living history museum in the world,” said Wood. "I consider it a privilege to be a Revolutionary in Residence, and I look forward to talking with the staff and questioning Thomas Jefferson as a young man and as president.”

Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University, where he joined the faculty in 1969. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan.

Wood has authored the award-winning texts: "The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787,” winner of the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize; "The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize; "The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin,” awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize by the Boston Authors Club; and "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815,” a volume on the Oxford History of the United States that received the Association of American Publishers Award for History and Biography, the American History Book Prize by the New York Historical Society and the Society of the Cincinnati History Prize.

Wood was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama and the Churchill Bell by Colonial Williamsburg in 2011. Additional honors he has received include the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award from the Society of American Historians, the John F. Kennedy Medal from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Centennial Medal from the Harvard University Graduate School and the Redwood Library Medal for Contributions to American History and Culture.

The Revolutionaries in Residence program is generously sponsored by The Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Additional information is available online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/gordonwood,  by calling 855-296-6627 toll-free, by downloading the free Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app via the Apple App Store and Google Play, and by following Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.

 





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