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March 2, 2007

Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference to be held at Williamsburg Lodge and conference center March 10-13

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will host the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) annual conference March 10-13 at the Williamsburg Lodge and conference center. VAM is a nonprofit professional membership organization created in 1968 to promote and serve Virginia’s museums and historic sites. Colonial Williamsburg is a member.

“This is anticipated to be one of our biggest conferences to date,” said Margo Carlock, VAM executive director. “More than 530 people have registered. Williamsburg has proven to be a popular site for our conferences in the past.”

The theme of the 2007 conference is “A Shared World: Building Legacies on a Strong Foundation.” Colonial Williamsburg’s staff will collaborate with museum professionals from across the state for several sessions throughout the conference, including: Patty Silence, Exhibits Coordinator, and Mary Cottrill, Museum Manager,
“Housekeeping 101”; Linda Rowe, Historian, and Linda Howard, Bruton Heights School Exhibition Committee, “Partnering with the Community: Colonial Williamsburg’s Bruton Heights and First Baptist Church Projects”; and Richard McCluney Jr., Royce R. and
Kathryn M. Baker Vice President for Productions, Publications and Learning Ventures, “Museum Education: Honoring the Past, Designing the Future.”

In addition, participants will enjoy tours of the newly reconstructed Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, watch a dress rehearsal for the Revolutionary City
program and experience 18th-century diversions at the Capitol. Guests have the opportunity to dine at King’s Arms Tavern.

VAM also is participating in the 400th anniversary commemoration by sponsoring an exchange program for museum professionals from the United Kingdom to attend the
VAM annual conference and to visit a number of Virginia museums afterward to share experiences and ideas with their American colleagues. Colonial Williamsburg is
hosting one British museum professional following the conference.

With nearly 1,000 individual, institutional and business members, the Virginia Association of Museums is recognized as the largest statewide organization of museum professionals in the United States. Its mission is to support the membership by offering professional training opportunities, providing career development services and advocating for the interests of Virginia Museums.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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