Kathy Barnstorff
757-864-9886, 757-344-8511
09-080: NASA Speaker Presents the Hurricane of Independence
HAMPTON, Va. -- It was the tempest after the tea party and one of the lesser-known events that shaped the beginning of the American Revolution.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., hosts historian and author, Tony Williams, who will discuss his book, "Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. The book recalls one of history's deadliest hurricanes, which struck in 1775 and had a dramatic impact on the start of the American Revolution.

Media who wish to interview Williams at a news briefing at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday should contact Kathy Barnstorff at 864-9886 or by noon for credentials and entry to NASA Langley.

On Tuesday evening, Williams will present the same talk for the general public at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown Hampton. The evening presentation is free and no reservations are required.

While most U.S. school children can name the Boston Tea Party, few -- if any -- know about the eighth deadliest Atlantic hurricane. On Sept. 2, 1775, the violent storm landed in North Carolina and headed north to Norfolk, Williamsburg, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Newport, New York City, and Boston. Shortly after, a second storm called "Codfisherman’s Hurricane" killed thousands in Newfoundland and disrupted the British cod industry.

Williams, a Williamsburg, Va., resident, taught history for 10 years in Ohio and Virginia and was recently named a Fellow at Colonial Williamsburg Rockefeller Library. He has lectured widely about his book including C-SPAN’s Book TV, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Virginia Festival of the Book.

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