Join Hanover Tavern for a night of learning and fun as we kick up our heels and explore dance in the colonial period.
Local author Joshua LeHuray, an educator at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, co-director of the Janesville, Wisconsin, Fife and Drum Corps, and an adjunct history professor at Rappahannock Community College, will kick off the evening with a presentation on his new book Virginians Will Dance or Die! The Importance of Music in Pre-Revolutionary Williamsburg. Music was everywhere in pre-Revolutionary Williamsburg, Virginia, from the public musical events enjoyed by the masses to the lavish private concerts and dances of the elite classes. Drawing on contemporary newspaper accounts, this book is the first to explore how some eighteenth-century Williamsburg citizens experienced the growing musical world around them.
After hearing about dancing and its place in colonial society, the Colonial Dance Club of Richmond will take center stage to give a live demonstration of the popular steps of the 1700s, along with live music and audience participation. Following the interactive demonstration, Mr. LeHuray will be available to sell and sign copies of his book and guests will have the chance to tour historic Hanover Tavern by night.