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June 17, 2005

CW introduces Summer Apprentice Day Package, Gives Kids a Chance to Discover Their "Colonial Me"

Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to introduce its newest summer family offering, “The Apprentice Day Package.” Scheduled every Monday and Friday morning through Aug. 19, the package invites children and their families to take an in-depth and interactive look at several 18th-century trades such as the cabinetmaker, silversmith, blacksmith, wigmaker, gunsmith and weaver.

Included in the package is a personal guided tour of three trades shops where the artisans will “sell their trade” to the attendees by providing an exclusive hands-on interpretation designed to excite and educate the young participants about the craft. Each trade will give the apprentices- in-training a trade description to later be inserted in a stitch book – similar to today’s scrapbook -- that they received at the beginning of the tour. By the end of the tour, participants will have three trade descriptions and decide which trade is their “colonial me.” They will then commit to their decision by filling out an apprentice “contract.”

The tours are offered Monday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. beginning in the Historic Area at the Greenhow Lumber Ticket Office. The tour cost is $15 each for adults and children in addition to a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. It includes the guided tour, lemonade, cookies, stitch book and trades inserts.

Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century trades programs present and demonstrate early technology and its relevance to 21st-century guests. The Foundation has one of the most comprehensive trade programs in the world. Many of the trades presented in the Historic Area are practiced professionally nowhere else.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121