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March 6, 2007

CW celebrates Women's History Month with special programs during March

During Women’s History Month in March, Colonial Williamsburg’s guests have the opportunity to learn about 18th-century women with programs to “pull women out of the fabric of history,” says Kristen Spivey, program manager in the Foundation’s public history development department.

Programs include:

  • Women’s Leisure—A Lady and Her Music. Enjoy the music that enlivened the households of the 18th century.
      2-3:45 p.m., Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, Geddy House; and

      10-11:45 a.m., Mondays, March 12 and 26, Wythe House.

  • Martha Washington—Through the Looking Glass, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. From the perspective of 1784, Martha Washington reflects on the changes that have occurred in her life since she first came to Mount Vernon as a young bride with two children. Reservations required.
  • To Be Seen as an American, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. Meet three black women who didn’t accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish—Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur, Katie Marie was educated but not given the resources to teach others and Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. These Williamsburg women’s work spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.
  • Historic Trades Programs. Learn what life was like in 18th-century trades for women then and now.
      Growing Up, Growing Older—“The Clinical Guide to Issues Peculiar to Women…” 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, Mary Stith House. Many women today are curious how their sisters in the 18th century deal with matters of maturation, fertility and growing older. This program offers a look at the answers available to women in the 18th century. This program is not recommended for young children.

      Women in Trades, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, Governor’s Palace East Advance Building. This panel discussion allows guests an opportunity to speak with the women in the Department of Historic Trades about issues they face as modern women pursuing what many view as men’s trades. Even in trades that were deemed acceptable, women both today and in the 18th century faced prejudices that had to and still must be, overcome.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, Good Neighbor Pass or College of William and Mary faculty or student ID is required to attend the daytime programs.

    Reservations are needed where indicated.

    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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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