On the 206th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, guests participate in programs offering contrasting points of view about the Napoleonic Wars and their influence on America. Both programs will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.
Guest curator Elizabeth Davison leads the tour, “Huz(z)ah for Admiral Nelson,” that introduces John Shearer, a loyalist joiner in the backcountry of Virginia. Shearer expressed his support for Great Britain during a time America was being drawn into European wars and was still shaping its own identity. Scottish-born Shearer used his craft as a means of expressing his continuing loyalty to Great Britain as it battled the French in the Napoleonic Wars and his views on the state of the American government. The tours take place at 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Guests have the opportunity to hear Napoleon Bonaparte speak about the world of 1811. The program, “Napoleon Bonaparte – From Republic to Empire,” features stories of battles, government, art, music, religion and furniture and will also offer guests the opportunity to ask questions. The program will be held at 12:30 p.m.