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October 21, 2011

Programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Illustrate Lives of Women Spanning 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries

Susan Klepp, professor of Colonial American and American Women’s History at Temple University, discusses how American women approached their lives and marital obligations during an Age of Revolutions. The program, “Conceiving a Revolution: Women and Family Planning in Revolutionary America,” takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. This program is not recommended for young children.

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum also hosts two other programs about women and the contributions they made over three centuries. “Revolutionary Women” discusses women who were involved in the American Revolution. Guests interview three strong women – a camp follower, a spy and a soldier – at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 and at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 and 18.

Guests meet three black women who didn’t accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish during “To Be Seen as an American.” Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur, and Katie Marie was educated but not given the resources necessary to teach others effectively. Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The programs take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Thursday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 23.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor card gains entry to these programs.

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

The L. Kay Wilkinson Endowment for Women’s Studies helps underwrite programs that focus on women.

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
(757) 220-7121