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February 5, 2010

Sewing workshop invites guests to create 18th-century thread-covered buttons

Colonial Williamsburg’s Costume Design Center staff will host a program on 18th-century Thread-covered Buttons from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Bruton Heights School. Participants will learn to reproduce buttons commonly used on men’s attire of the period.

This is part of a series of programs that delve into the reproduction of historic costumes. The Costume Design Center marked its 75th anniversary in 2009. The 18th-century clothing pieces the Costume Design Center creates for Colonial Williamsburg’s staff are used as interpretive tools themselves. Costumes add to the colonial ambiance and help delineate class and occupation. They also help hook guests to the greater story of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

Tickets are $60 per person and covers the cost of the materials. Reservations are required and can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket sales office or by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

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. 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.

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Penna Rogers
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