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Conferences, Forums, and Workshops


The office of Conferences, Forums and Workshops presents a broad range of high-quality programs that address issues of historical and contemporary significance as well as focusing on the decorative arts, material culture, historic trades and horticulture. Colonial Williamsburg's skilled professionals are joined by distinguished members of the academic and professional communities to present these programs.

Join us for the Garden Symposium, Working Wood, the Antiques Forum, and other programs for a rewarding learning experience.

Please bookmark this site and check back frequently for new offerings. Special conference rates are available for programs at Colonial Williamsburg's official hotels. To make room and dining reservations, call (757) 220-7255 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.

Program Information and Online Registration


  • American Horticultural Society

    March 27-28

    MuseumPests 2014: Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries, Archives and Historic Sites

    MuseumPests.net goes live at Colonial Williamsburg! After 10 years of creating online IPM resources for the museum, library/archive and historic site community we are partnering with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to hold a two-day conference and workshop program. Papers will be presented in the mornings and hands-on workshops in the afternoons. Come meet and connect faces to the colleagues whose digital signatures you've seen on the PestList. Presentations will be posted on the museumpests.net website following the conference. Check back for more information.

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  • Co-sponsored by:
    American Horticultural Society

    Organic Gardening Logo

    April 5-7

    Garden Symposium

    More and more people are appreciating the health-giving benefits of active gardening and of raising their own home-grown organic produce —from sweet scented herbs to succulent fruit and vegetables. The treasures we American gardeners produce when we grow organic food and work with our hands have value beyond our personal needs, and help to support the growth of resilient communities that can better resist the pressures of modern life. Guest speakers and Colonial Williamsburg staff will share their expertise on the concept, design, maintenance, and pleasures of organic gardening and living lightly — from the ground up. Topics include brewing beer, fragrance, garden-to-table meals, herbs, heritage breeds, natural dyes, and more!

    Co-sponsored by the American Horticultural Society and Organic Gardening.

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  • The Cahn Collection © 2011 David Ulmer

    May 2-4

    A Handsome Cupboard of Plate Revealed:

    Early English and American Silver

    . . . I esteem it as well politic as reputable, to furnish my self with an handsom Cupboard of plate which gives my self the present use & Credit, is a sure friend at a dead lift, without much loss, or is a certain portion for a Child after my decease, . . . what plate I design to have purchased, would be strong & plain, as being less subject to bruise, more Serviceable, & less out for the fashion . . .

    These words, penned in 1688 by the wealthy Virginia planter William Fitzhugh, summarize the many roles silver played in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Whether fashioned into a tankard, candlestick, porringer, or spoon, silver was useful and beautiful, proclaiming its owner’s wealth and status while also maintaining its value in forms that could be passed along to future generations. In conjunction with the loan exhibition “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate: Early American Silver in the Cahn Collection,” Colonial Williamsburg is hosting a symposium from May 2 to 4, 2014. Join curators, collectors, and craftsmen for lectures, demonstrations, and optional hands-on workshops exploring all facets of English and American silver. It’s a sterling opportunity to polish your knowledge of this much-treasured material!

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  • November 14-16

    75th Anniversary of the Wigmaker's Shop


  • January 18-21 and 22-25

    Working Wood in the 18th-Century

  • February 20-24

    Antiques Forum

  • March 15-17

    Stitching Together a National Identity

    Call for Papers
    American home furnishings, quilts, needlework, and clothing reflect great diversity and regional variations that occurred as a result of the ethnic origins of the makers, trade patterns, influential teachers, even climate and geography. This symposium will explore these regional variations in American textiles of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries through a series of formal lectures and juried papers. Participants are invited to submit 300-word abstract proposals for illustrated oral lectures 25 minutes in length. Paper proposals are due to Colonial Williamsburg for peer review by July 1, 2014; acceptances will be announced by November 1, 2014. Submit abstracts to Textile Symposium Abstracts, attention Kim Ivey, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 309 First Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or via e-mail at kivey@cwf.org. For general information about the symposium, contact Deb Chapman at 800-603-0948 or 757-220-7255 or via e-mail at dchapman@cwf.org. Those whose papers are accepted will have free registration for the symposium.

    We will not be doing the hands-on workshops as part of this upcoming symposium. We hope to get papers on quilts and needlework, as well as clothing, to attract a broad audience.

  • April 11-13

    Garden Symposium

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Post Office Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

Fax: (757) 565-8921
Telephone: (757) 220-7255
Toll free: (800) 603-0948
Email: dchapman@cwf.org