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YORKTOWN, Va., March 20, 2014 – A public lecture at the Yorktown Victory Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 10, will consider the fate of Loyalists during the American Revolution.

Holger HoockHolger Hoock, the J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “‘The Tyranny of the People’: A Loyalist Perspective on the American Revolution.”  The lecture, rescheduled from September 28, 2013, will explore the role of violence in the treatment of Loyalists and in the stories they told of the Revolution and will conclude with an outlook on how they were re-integrated in the new American nation after 1783.

Hoock’s books include “Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850.”  Trained in Germany and the United Kingdom, he earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford and has held fellowships at numerous United States institutions, including the Library of Congress.  He was research curator for the exhibition “Nelson & Napoleon” at the National Maritime Museum, London.

Admission to the lecture is free, and advance reservations are recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or e-mailing rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.  The lecture is supported with private donations to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.

The Yorktown Victory Center, located at Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway (200 Water Street), chronicles the American Revolution, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, through gallery exhibits and historical interpretation at re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm.  Under the administration of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency, the museum is undergoing a transformation with a new facility and expanded exhibits and will become the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown when the project is complete in late 2016.  The Yorktown Victory Center remains open to visitors daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while work is underway.  For more information, visit hif.ciniva.net or call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.