December 7, 2009
CW books make perfect gift
Books published by Colonial Williamsburg in the past year make just the right gift for the giving season. From a graphic novel that offers young readers a choice of revolutionary adventures to scholarly studies of the art of shoemaking and colonial gardening, the variety of subjects is sure to delight readers of many ages and interests. “1776: A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg” by K.M. Kostyal with photographs by Lori Epstein Renda and Colonial Williamsburg photographers. Published by Colonial Williamsburg and National Geographic, the book for children ages 8 – 12 presents the daily lives of the not-so-famous citizens of the colonial capital of Virginia leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. $17.95.
“Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America” by curators Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood chronicles the traditions of stoneware imported from England and Germany as well as the often overlooked work of American potters. Drawing on archaeological and documentary sources and featuring objects from Colonial Williamsburg’s holdings, as well as from more than 45 public and private collections, Skerry and Hood provide an invaluable overview of these once-ubiquitous goods. $75. A companion exhibition, “Pottery With a Past: Stoneware in Early America,” including more than 300 intact objects and archaeological fragments, is on view in the DeWitt Wallace Museum of Decorative Arts through Jan. 2, 2011.
“M. DeGarsault’s 1767 Art of the Shoemaker: An Annotated Translation” by D.A. Saguto is a contemporary version of an 18th-century textbook jointly published by Colonial Williamsburg and Texas Tech University Press. Saguto includes the English translation of Garsault’s influential text, Saguto’s extensive notes, comments from 18th-century sources, translations of other 18th-century writings about shoemaking and a facsimile of the original French text. $65.
“Flowers and Herbs of Early America” by Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith with photographs by staff photographer Barbara Temple Lombardi was jointly published by Colonial Williamsburg and Yale University Press. Griffith drew on years of archival research and field trials to document the great variety of early American flowers and herbs and to explore how they were cultivated and used. Lombardi’s exquisitely detailed photographs capture the delicacy and strength of the flowers and herbs, while elegant period hand-colored engravings, watercolors and woodcuts provide provocative visual counterparts to the modern photography. $50.
“We Hold These Truths…” by Colonial Williamsburg senior editor Paul Aron and published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. The often quoted words of our founding fathers (and an occasional founding mother) inspired a revolution and continue to inspire Americans today. Aron looks at the true stories behind the words that made America and shatters a few myths along the way. $18.95.
“Revolutionary City: A Colonial Williamsburg Adventure” reaches out to kids with a comic book based on the popular “Revolutionary City” street theater program that depicts ordinary citizens making choices about whether to support revolution or remain British subjects. This colorful and engaging comic can be read from start to finish, but there is an unusual twist – at the bottom of each page readers face a choice that determines which page they will turn to next. Kids have to decide, for example, whether to be a patriot or a loyalist, or whether it’s worth the risk of fleeing slavery to join the British – choices their ancestors likely faced. $6.95.
All books are available from WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center, 101 A Visitor Center Drive, Everything WILLIAMSBURG in Merchants Square, by phone at 1-800-446-9240 or from www.williamsburgmarketplace.com.
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 www.history.org. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.