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April 1, 2008

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

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offer guests an opportunity to walk and talk with the staff that research and care for collections in the museums during “Meet the Curator/Conservator” 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Friday, Nov. 21. 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:

  • “American Furniture: Virginia to Vermont,” Monday, June 16, Wednesdays, April 16, Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, and Fridays, May 9, July 11, Aug. 15 and Nov. 7;
  • “American Schoolgirl Needlework: Records of Virtue,” Monday, May 5, Wednesdays, July 16 and Aug. 27, and Friday, May 16;
  • “A Child’s-Eye View,” Mondays, July 21 and Sept. 15, and Wednesdays, May 14 and Nov. 12;
  • “Masterworks,” learn how replacement upholstery is created for antique furniture. Monday, May 19, Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Fridays, July 18 and Sept. 19;
  • Tour a selected group of portraits and objects and discover the ways in which they inform us about status, taste, fashion and history. Wednesdays, May 21, July 23, Sept. 24 and Nov. 21;
  • “Captured Colors: Four Battleflags of the American Revolution,” Mondays, April 21 and June 30, Wednesdays, March 26 and April 30, and Fridays, May 23, June 13, Aug. 1, Aug. 22 and Oct. 17;
  • “Revolution in Taste,” Mondays, April 7, Aug. 4 and Oct. 6, Wednesdays, April 2 and June 4;
  • “Masterworks,” Monday, June 9, Wednesdays, April 9 and Oct. 8, and Friday, Aug. 8;
  • Tour ceramic objects and learn how to care for them. Monday, Aug. 11, Wednesdays, June 18 and Oct. 29, and Friday, April 25;
  • Explore the museum environment. Mondays, April 28, July 14, Aug. 25 and Oct. 27;
  • Take a closer look at 18th-century clothing, posture and body shape through portraits and antique objects. Monday, May 12;
  • “Pounds, Pence and Pistareens: The Coins and Currency of Colonial America,” Monday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 17;
  • Tour an exhibition about early quilted textiles. Monday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 14; and
  • Learn the techniques used to keep collections safe while on exhibition. Wednesday, Aug. 6, and Fridays, April 18, June 6 and Oct. 3.

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

  • “Flowers, Birds, and Baskets: Pattern in 19th-century Bed Coverings,” Friday, Sept. 12;
  • Tour a selected group of painted sculpture. Monday, Sept. 8, and Wednesdays, May 7, July 9 and Nov. 5;
  • “In Memoriam: Mourning Art in Early America,” Wednesday, July 2, and Fridays, March 28, Sept. 26 and Oct. 31;
  • Learn about a restored tombstone and its history in the exhibition, “In Memoriam; Mourning Art in Early America,” Monday, Oct. 20;
  • “Introduction to American Folk Art.” Discover the woman behind the collection. Monday, March 31, and Wednesdays, April 23, July 30, Aug. 20, Oct. 1 and Oct. 22;
  • “Scenes of Everyday Life: The Drawings of Lewis Miller,” Wednesday, Sept. 3, and Fridays, April 11, May 2 and July 25;
  • “We See America,” Mondays, April 14 and June 2, Wednesday, Aug. 13 and Fridays, June 20, June 27 and Aug. 29;
  • “Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments,” Mondays, June 23 and Aug. 18, and Fridays, April 4 and Oct. 10;
  • “Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware,” Mondays, July 28 and Sept. 22, and Wednesday, May 28;
  • “We the People: Three Centuries of American Folk Portraits,” Monday, Sept. 29, Wednesday, June 25, and Fridays, May 30 and Oct 24;
  • “Conserving the Carolina Room,” Monday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, June 11; and
  • Tour an exhibition of bedcovers having a star theme. Monday, July 7, and Friday, Sept. 5.

    Topics for the “Meet the Curator/Conservator Tour” are subject to change without notice.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides admission provides access to the tours.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Entrance to The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Museum operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    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 – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation – is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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