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October 5, 2009

Discover how new nation opened trade routes with other countries

Historian and author Tony Williams discusses America’s voyage into trade with other countries during the lecture, “The Empress: The First American Trade Mission to China,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

In 1784, with the ink barely dry on the Paris peace treaty, financiers funded an American trade mission to China for its lucrative and exotic trade. Follow the route of The Empress, which is loaded with ginseng and an expression of the American desire as an independent nation to trade with the rest of the world.
Williams is the author of “The Hurricane of Independence.”

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

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

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information, call (757) 220-7724.

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.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets, in Williamsburg, Virginia and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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