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August 28, 2009

Preservation of the nation's original founding documents subject of video at CW's Wallace Museum

Saving the National Treasures, a PBS NOVA program, examines the restoration of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in a special showing at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. On selected dates through November, the NOVA program not only gives viewers a fascinating glimpse of cutting-edge preservation technology, but it also explores the background and meaning of these documents.

“Saving National Treasures” is being shown in conjunction with Colonial Williamsburg’s “Declarations of Independence” exhibition. This exhibition showcases the artistic endeavors of five printer engravers who made the engrossed copies of the document for its 50th anniversary in 1826 that have since become an iconic image of American history.

Guests can see the video at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30, Oct. 5, 6, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, Nov. 2, 4, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. The program is also showing at 3 p.m. Sept. 5, 12, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 14 and 21.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to the program.

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

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (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. 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

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Penna Rogers
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