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May 22, 2009

Go behind the scenes with CW's Meet the Curator and Conservator Tours

Guests of 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:

  • “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.
  • Discover the techniques used to research and furnish Colonial Williamsburg’s historic houses, especially our newest building, the Charlton Coffeehouse. Friday, June 5, Friday, July 24, Monday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Nov. 13.
  • Explore the techniques used to keep collections safe while on exhibition. Friday, June 12, Friday, July 31, Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Monday, Nov. 16.
  • “Masterworks,” 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, June 17, Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 30.
  • “American Furniture: Virginia to Vermont,” 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,” Monday, June 29 and Friday, July 17.
  • “Quilted Fashions,” Monday, July 6, Friday, Aug. 28 and Friday, Oct. 23.
  • “A Child’s-Eye View,” Wednesday, July 15 and Friday, Sept. 4.
  • “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:

  • “Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art,” Wednesday, June 3, Wednesday, July 1, Friday, Aug. 21, Friday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 28.
  • “Seeing Stars in American Bedcovers,” Monday, June 8, Monday, July 13, Wednesday, July 29, Monday, Aug. 31, Monday, Sept. 14, Monday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Nov. 6.
  • “Conserving the Carolina Room,” Monday, June 22, Monday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Oct. 5.
  • “Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments,” Wednesday, June 24, Friday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Oct. 12.
  • “We the People: Three Centuries of American Folk Portraits,” Friday, June 26, Monday, July 27, Monday, Aug. 17, Friday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 14.
  • Tour a selected group of painted sculpture. Wednesday, July 8, Monday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Oct. 19.
  • “Introduction to Folk Art,” Discover the woman behind the collection. Wednesday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Oct. 9.
  • “Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing,” 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 Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. The museums will be open 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 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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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