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December 10, 2010

Program Examines Myths About Holiday Decorating at Historic Sites

Amanda C. Rosner, Colonial Williamsburg assistant curator of historic interiors and household accessories, examines Christmas decorations in the house museum and reveals what is fact and what is fancy during the program, Decking the Halls: The Evolution of Holiday Decoration at Historic Sites. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Rosner is in charge of furnishing Colonial Williamsburg’s historic buildings to create authentic period rooms using both antiques and reproductions as well as overseeing the Historic Area interior seasonal changes and faux food displays. She was recently chosen to curate and study Colonial Williamsburg’s collection of household accessories. She has worked on furnishing R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse, Colonial Williamsburg’s newest exhibition building. She currently is developing furnishing plans for the Bassett Hall servant’s quarters and the Wetherburn’s Tavern Dairy, which will be installed in early 2011.

She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., with concentrations in art history, museum studies and gender studies. Rosner then moved to Wilmington to attend the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture where she earned her master’s degree in 2008.

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

The Museum Café in the soaring central atrium court of the museum is open until 6:30 p.m. to purchase light fare and beverages.

The Dec. 16 presentation is the last of an 11-month series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Wallace Museum.

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 include 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, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

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

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at

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Penna Rogers
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