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April 24, 2007

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offer programs that introduce the experts behind the exhibitions

Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum offer guests an opportunity to walk and talk with the staff that research and care for antiquities in the museums during “Meet the Curator/Conservator,” 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Monday, Nov. 19. All programs are included in museum admission and begin at the base of the central staircase at the Wallace Museum.

Guests can tour the following exhibits at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum:

  • “Pounds, Pence and Pistareens: The Coins and Currency of Colonial America,” Monday, May 14, Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Fridays, Aug. 3 and Nov. 16;
  • “Lock, Stock and Barrel,” Friday, July 20;
  • “Canisters, Caddies and Chests: Fashionable Tea Containers of the 18th Century,” Mondays, July 30 and Sept. 10, Wednesdays, May 30 and July 11, and Fridays, May 4, Sept. 28 and Nov. 9;
  • “Revolution in Taste,” Mondays, June 11 and Aug. 13, Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Fridays, July 6 and Sept. 14;
  • Explore the museum environment. Monday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, May 2. This program begins in the Hennage Auditorium;
  • “Masterworks,” learn how replacement upholstery is created for antique furniture. Wednesdays, May 16, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 31, and Fridays, June 15 and Oct. 12; and
  • Explore the relationship between objects in the Historic Area and those included in exhibitions. Wednesdays, June 6 and Aug. 8, and Friday, Oct. 5;

    Guests can tour the following exhibits at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum:

  • "Exciting Expressions: Painted Furniture,” Monday, May 7;
  • "Introduction to American Folk Art,” Wednesday, Oct. 24;
  • “Flowers, Birds, and Baskets: Pattern in 19th-century Bed Coverings,” Monday, Sept. 17, Wednesdays, April 25 and Nov. 7, and Friday, Sept. 7;
  • “Conserving the Carolina Room,” Monday, Oct. 15;
  • Learn about the cultural influences of American immigrants through the folk art they created and enjoyed. Monday, July 23 and Fridays, June 29, Aug. 31 and Nov. 2;
  • “In Memoriam; Mourning Art in Early America,” Mondays, April 30, May 21, July 2 and Nov. 5, Wednesdays, June 20, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5, and Fridays, March 30 and May 25;
  • “Down on the Farm,” Monday, Oct. 8, Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Fridays, May 18, June 8 and Aug. 10;
  • “Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments,” Monday, July 9, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19, and Wednesdays, May 9 and Aug. 22;
  • “Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware,” Wednesdays, May 23 and Sept. 26, and Friday, July 27;
  • “Chasing Shadows: Silhouettes from the Collection of Mary B. and William Lehman Guyton,” Wednesday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Aug. 24;
  • “We See America,” Mondays, July 16 and Aug. 20, Wednesday, June 13 and Friday, Sept. 21; and
  • “We the People: Three Centuries of American Folk Portraits,” Mondays, June 25 and Aug. 6, and Friday, Oct. 26.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by a separate museums ticket. For information call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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