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June 17, 2008

Lecture at CW's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum examines pastime of Virginia ladies

Kim Ivey, Colonial Williamsburg’s associate curator of textiles, delves into needlework in the Virginia backcountry during the illustrated lecture, “In Pursuit of Lady-Like Arts: Needlework in the Virginia’s Backcountry” 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

This talk examines the forces that molded the look of Virginia’s backcountry needlework by examining trade networks, settlement patterns, design sources, social and religious influences and the shear genius of individuality. The fully illustrated lecture features schoolgirl samplers, silk embroidered pictures, quilts and backcountry views from Lewis Miller’s Virginia sketchbook, some of which are on view in several museum exhibits.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to enjoy these family programs.

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 at 326 W. Francis St. 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 trades people 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

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