August 10, 2011
Colonial Williamsburg Conference Explores Early American Maps and Prints Oct. 16-18
Maps are important tools, scientific and authoritative documents, imparting a perception of control over the environment. Colonial Williamsburg’s symposium, “More Than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America,” focuses on the men who created these objects and the factors that motivated them to create the powerful and influential images. The program takes place Oct. 16 – 18 at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
On Monday, Oct. 17, Margaret Beck Pritchard, Colonial Williamsburg curator of prints, maps and wallpaper, opens the symposium with “More Than Meets the Eye: An Overview.”
Other presentations on the same day include:
On Tuesday, Oct. 18 presentations continue with:
Participants have the option to attend “Digging up Dirt on Jamestown: Finds from 17 Years of Archaeological Excavation on America’s Birthplace” on Sunday, Oct. 16. Beverly A. Straube, senior archaeological curator and other experts from the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, offers tours of James Fort, the archaeological collections lab and a self-guided tour of the Archaearium. The $65 per person includes transportation, an admission ticket and a box lunch.
Advance registration and payment in full for “More Than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America” is required. The registration fee is $295 per person and includes the opening reception and admission to program presentations. Special lodging rates are available for program attendees. For more information, telephone toll-free 1-800-603-0948 or visit www.history.org/conted.
Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is sponsoring the symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, “More Than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America,” on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Nicholas and Eleanor Chabraja Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Chabraja reside in Lake Forest, Ill.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.