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January 16, 2009

CW's Art Museums' Meet the Curator and Conservator Tours give a glimpse behind the scenes

Guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums can meet the experts behind the exhibitions during “Meet the Curator/Conservator Tours.” The programs begin at 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 20.

Guests can enjoy the following tours at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum:

  • Explore the techniques used to keep collections safe while on exhibition. Wednesday, Jan. 21, Monday, April 20, Friday, June 12, Friday, July 31, Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Monday, Nov. 16.
  • Discover the techniques used to research and furnish Colonial Williamsburg’s historic houses, especially our newest building, the Charlton Coffeehouse. Wednesday, Jan. 28, Friday, April 17, Friday, June 5, Friday, July 24, Monday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Nov. 13.
  • “Revolution in Taste,” Wednesday, Feb. 11.
  • “Masterworks,” Wednesday, Feb. 18, Friday, April 10, Wednesday, April 22, Friday, May 29, Monday, June 15, Monday, July 20, Friday, Aug. 7, Friday, Sept. 11, Friday, Oct. 2, Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 20.
  • Tour ceramic objects and learn how to care for them. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Friday, April 24, Wednesday, June 17, Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 30.
  • “American Furniture: Virginia to Vermont,” Wednesday, March 11, Wednesday, April 1, Wednesday, April 29, Monday, May 18, Friday, June 19, Friday, July 10, Wednesday, Aug. 12, Wednesday, Aug. 26, Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 21.
  • “Captured Colors: Four Battleflags of the American Revolution,” Friday, March 27, Friday, April 8, Friday, May 8, Wednesday, May 27, Monday, June 29 and Friday July 17.
  • “Quilted Fashions,” Monday, March 30, Friday, May 15, Monday, July 6, Friday, Aug. 28 and Friday, Oct. 23.
  • “A Child’s-Eye View,” Monday, April 6, Wednesday, May 20, Wednesday, July 15 and Friday, Sept. 4.
  • “Pottery with a Past: Stoneware in Early America,” Monday, June 1, Wednesday, June 10, Wednesday, July 22, Monday, Aug. 3, Wednesday, Sept. 16, Monday, Sept. 28, Monday, Nov. 2 and Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • “Declaration of Independence,” Wednesday, Aug. 19 and Friday, Sept. 25.
  • “Pounds, Pence and Pistareens: The Coins and Currency of Colonial America,” Wednesday, Sept. 9.
  • “Lock, Stock & Barrel,” Friday, Oct. 30.

    Programs at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum include:

  • "Introduction to Folk Art,” Discover the woman behind the collection. Wednesday, Feb. 4, Monday, May 4, Wednesday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Oct. 9.
  • “Conserving the Carolina Room,” Wednesday, March 4, Monday, April 27, Monday, June 22, Monday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Oct. 5.
  • “Seeing Stars in American Bedcovers,” Monday, March 16, Friday, April 3, Monday, April 13, Friday, May 22, Monday, June 8, Monday, July 13, Wednesday, July 29, Monday, Aug. 31, Monday, Sept. 14, Monday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Nov. 6.
  • “Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments,” Wednesday, March 18, Friday, May 1, Wednesday, June 24, Friday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Oct. 12.
  • “We the People: Three Centuries of American Folk Portraits,” Friday, March 20, Wednesday, May 6, Friday, June 26, Monday, July 27, Monday, Aug. 17, Friday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 14.
  • “Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art,” Monday, March 23, Monday, May 11, Wednesday, June 3, Wednesday, July 1, Friday, Aug. 21, Friday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 28.
  • Tour a selected group of painted sculpture. Wednesday, March 25, Wednesday, May 13, Wednesday, July 8, Monday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Oct. 19.
  • “Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing,” Wednesday, April 15 and Monday, Nov. 9.

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

    Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

    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. 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 trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    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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