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View More: http://photographybynicolejohnson.pass.us/laurenjohnweddingWelcome to my online home. This is where I open the door and invite you inside to meet my literary family: my eleven nonfiction books, four podcasts, and almost 200 magazine articles–many available right here–and my Roaring Twenties mystery series written by my alter ego, Mary Miley. I’ve been busy with promoting Silent Murders, which came out last fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing the book I wrote for Colonial Williamsburg, Rivers and Roads, appear in October. I’m presently focused on finishing two corporate histories, which are due out in 2016, and a gothic romance I wrote a decade ago is coming out soon–I just got the final cover art for Stolen Memories! My fall calendar is filling up with book-related travel–I’ve ten events scheduled in the next 3 months (see below) in Mechanicsburg, PA; Williamsburg, VA; Raleigh, NC; Ligonier, PA; and of course, my home town of Richmond. Most are open to the public, if you’re in the vicinity, do come!   

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News & Events

New Cover Art!

August 26, 2015

RaR_RiversRoads_R1FCovI just received the cover art for my new Colonial Williamsburg book, a gorgeous coffee table book by noted photographer Dave Doody. It was an honor to be asked to write the text. The book is headed for the printer now, so we’re hoping to see it on the shelves in October.  

Articles & Podcasts

African-Americans during the Williamsburg Restoration

Restoration2The leading local promoter of the restoration of Williams-burg to its eighteenth-century aspect, the Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin, summoned townspeople to a meeting June 12, 1928, to put his plan to a vote. A College of William and Mary fund-raiser and professor, as well as rector of Bruton Parish Church, he had negotiated the details with the city and county governments. They had surveyed public properties, drafted contracts, and secured the assent of Goodwin’s once-anonymous backer . . . The ballots tallied one hundred-fifty to four in favor, but not everyone with an interest in the outcome got to cast one, as pro forma as these may have been. In those years, seven hundred of the town’s 2,500 residents were African Americans. None attended the gathering. In Jim Crow’s Virginia, they could not enter the whites-only school. Williamsburg’s black citizens heard secondhand the official word that the town would become a museum, and that white Williamsburg had voted its approval.   

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