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September 20, 2002

Wallace Museum’s Fall Lecture Series explores Virginia “Capitols”

The 2002 Fall Lecture Series at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum will focus on “Remodeling Virginia’s Capitols Over the Centuries.” The lecture series is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Jefferson and the Capitol of Virginia,” featuring the sole surviving artifact of Thomas Jefferson’s design of the Capitol of Virginia, an 18th-century model of the Capitol building in Richmond and its replica, on display at the Wallace Museum through Feb. 17, 2003. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Library of Virginia are co-sponsoring the exhibition.

All lectures will be held 4 p.m. in the Hennage Auditorium and are included in museum admission.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 2-“Beaux Arts Ideals and Colonial Reality: The Reconstruction of Williamsburg’s Capitol, 1928-34.” Colonial Williamsburg architectural historian Carl Lounsbury demonstrates how the education and training of architects in the early years of Williamsburg’s Restoration influenced the research and reconstruction of the Capitol.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 9-“‘Commanding a very fine view ’: The Virginia State Capitol and Capitol Square.” Barbara C. Batson, exhibits coordinator at the Library of Virginia, explores how the State Capitol and its square developed into an urban park and a tourist attraction long before the advent of the automobile and tourist bus.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 16-“Capitol Designs: Jefferson’s Visions for Virginia’s Government.” Colonial Williamsburg architectural historian Mark R. Wenger reveals how Thomas Jefferson’s principles in government and architecture affected various designs for Virginia’s Capitol.


    For more information, call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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