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August 5, 2008

CW museums offer programs that introduce the experts behind the exhibitions

Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum offer guests an opportunity to walk and talk with the staff that research and care for collections in the museums during “Meet the Curator/Conservator” tours 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Friday, Nov. 21.

Guests can tour the following exhibits at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum:

  • “American Furniture: Virginia to Vermont,” Wednesdays, Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, and Friday, Nov. 7;
  • "A Child’s-Eye View,” Friday, Sept. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 12;
  • “Pounds, Pence and Pistareens: The Coins and Currency of Colonial America,” Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Monday, Nov. 17;
  • “Masterworks.” Learn how replacement upholstery is created for antique furniture. Friday, Sept. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 19;
  • Tour a selected group of portraits and objects and discover the ways in which they inform us about status, taste, fashion and history. Wednesdays, Sept. 24 and Nov. 21;
  • Learn the techniques used to keep collections safe while on exhibition. Friday, Oct. 3;
  • “Revolution in Taste,” Monday, Oct. 6;
  • “Masterworks.” Tour antique furniture in this exhibition. Wednesday, Oct. 8;
  • “Captured Colors: Four Battle Flags of the American Revolution,” Friday, Oct. 17;
  • Explore the museum environment. Monday, Oct. 27;
  • Tour ceramic objects and learn how to care for them. Wednesday, Oct. 29; and
  • “Quilted Fashions.” Monday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 14.

    Guests can tour the following exhibits at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum:

  • “Scenes of Everyday Life: The Drawings of Lewis Miller,” Wednesday, Sept. 3;
  • “Seeing Stars in American Bedcovers,” Friday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 15;
  • Tour a selected group of painted sculpture. Monday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 5;
  • “Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware,” Monday, Sept. 22;
  • “We the People: Three Centuries of American Folk Portraits,” Monday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Oct 24;
  • “In Memoriam: Mourning Art in Early America,” Fridays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 31;
  • “Introduction to American Folk Art.” Discover the woman behind the collection. Wednesdays, Oct. 1 and Oct. 22;
  • “Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments,” Monday, Oct. 10;
  • “Conserving the Carolina Room,” Monday, Oct. 13; and
  • “In Memoriam; Mourning Art in Early America.” Learn about a restored tombstone and its history in the exhibition, Monday, Oct. 20.

    Topics for the “Meet the Curator/Conservator Tour” are subject to change without notice.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides admission to the tours. All programs begin at the base of the central staircase at the Wallace Museum.

    Entrance to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Museum operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation – is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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