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September 13, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Tradesmen, Women Featured During “Williamsburg Celebrates Contemporary Artisans,” Sept. 24-25

Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century Historic Trades are more relevant than ever. Many contemporary artists have learned from the practices of the past. Colonial Williamsburg tradespeople are artisans, and they are always in residence. During “Williamsburg Celebrates Contemporary Artisans” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 24-25, guests enjoy free admission to five of Colonial Williamsburg’s historic trade shops – the Blacksmith, Printing Office, Bindery, Weaver and Shoemaker.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades program traces its beginnings to 1936. Since that time, it has evolved to become the largest and most diverse museum-operated trades programs in the world and also one of the most historically accurate, with a strong emphasis on both hands-on and documentary research.

“Williamsburg Celebrates Contemporary Artisans” is being held in conjunction with “Williamsburg Celebrates Plein Air Painting.” Artists are invited to create their art outdoors with available light throughout the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area, Merchants Square and the historic campus of the College of William & Mary. They will then return with their creations to 345 Duke of Gloucester St. for a “show and sell” at 4 p.m.

Guests can obtain free Historic Trades Sampler tickets on Sept. 24 at the information booth on Duke of Gloucester Street during “Williamsburg Celebrates Contemporary Artisans” and “Williamsburg Celebrates Plein Air Painting.” The tickets are good for both days.

This event is being held in cooperation with the City of Williamsburg’s Department of Economic Development.

For more information, visit eventsAndExhibits/specialEvents/artisansWeekend.cfm

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

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