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December 9, 2005

CW's young guests explore art, history during Winter 2006 family programs at Wallace Museum

Young patriots have the opportunity to study history through hands-on activities at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. During programs offered in January and February, families can explore the galleries and then create a piece of artwork to take home. Programs are included in museum admission and include:

  • Wee Folk, 11 a.m. Wednesdays every week through March 1. This program is geared to children ages 3-7 and their adult friends. Participants explore the galleries through stories and activities. 45 minutes.
  • From Plats to Maps, 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, January 11 and 25 and February 8, 15 and 22. Help the surveyor draw a plat with period instruments. Learn how plats helped cartographers create maps.
  • Map Quest, 3 p.m. Wednesdays every week through March 1. Journey through the exhibition, “Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America,” and explore people, places and things as we discover what maps teach us about the past. 1 hour. Space limited.
  • Crack the Code, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, January 27 and February 10 and 24. Did you know that there were over 50 codes and ciphers secret codes used during the Revolutionary War? Discover who used secret codes and why as you crack the odes in this interactive program in the Hennage Auditorium. Geared for ages 8 and older.
  • Principles of Freedom, 2 p.m. Fridays, January 13 and 27 and February 10 and 24. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injury…” Explore the galleries and discover the reasons behind the Declaration of Independence, view a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence and then create a souvenir using the Declaration of Independence as inspiration. Geared for ages 10 and up.
  • Art Adventures, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, January 14 and 28 and February 11 and 25. Explore the galleries on a tour geared just for families and kids create an art piece to take home. 1 hour. Space limited.
  • Stitch Detectives, 3:30 p.m. Sundays, January 15 and 29 and February 12. Explore original objects in the textile study storage drawers as we search for clues in the education of girls in the 18th and 19th centuries, then pick up needle and thread to practice the marking stitch. 1 hour. Space limited.

    Just for Presidents Day Weekend, February 18-19, the Wallace Museum offers three special programs that are included in museum admission:

  • Crack the Code, 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18.
  • Principles of Freedom, 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday, February 18.
  • Art Adventures: Self Guided Tour and Activity, 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, February 19. Discover a variety of images of George Washington as you explore the galleries on this self-guided tour, then try your hand at making a silhouette of the Father of Our Country in the Activity Room on the second floor.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award-winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund, displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British and American decorative arts. Entered through the reconstructed Public Hospital of 1773, the museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is included in any multi-day Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or separate museums ticket. For program information call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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