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February 16, 2010

Meet the experts behind the exhibitions during "Meet the Curator and Conservator" tours at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

of Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums can meet the curators and conservators behind the exhibitions during “Meet the Curator/Conservator Tours.”

The tours begin at 2:30 p.m. at the central staircase of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on Wednesdays through March 14 and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from March 15 until Nov. 19.

The following special tours can be enjoyed at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum:

  • “Declarations of Independence” on Wednesday, Feb. 17; Wednesday, April 21; Friday, June 18; Friday, Aug. 13; and Friday, Oct. 22.
  • “American Furniture: Virginia to Vermont” on Monday, March 15; Friday, April 16; Friday, May 7; Monday, June 14; Friday, July 2; Monday, Aug. 30; and Friday, Oct. 29.
  • Learn the techniques used to keep collections safe while on exhibition on Wednesday, March 17 and Friday, May 28.
  • “Masterworks” on Monday, March 22; Monday April 12; Monday, May 17; Monday, June 7; Friday, July 16; Monday, Aug. 2; Friday, Sept. 10; Friday, Oct. 1; and Wednesday, Nov. 10.
  • “Lock, Stock, & Barrel” on Friday, March 26; Friday, July 9; and Monday, Nov. 8.
  • “Pottery with a Past: Stoneware in Early America” on Wednesday, March 31; Monday, July 19; Friday, June 4; Monday, Sept. 27; and Monday, Nov. 15.
  • “Quilted Fashions” on Monday, April 5; Monday, May 3; Monday, June 28; and Friday, Aug. 27.
  • “Revolution in Taste” on Wednesday, April 7 and Friday, July 30.
  • Tour ceramic objects and learn how to care for them on Wednesday, April 14 and Friday, June 11.
  • “Pounds, Pence and Pistareens: The Coins and Currency of Colonial America” on Friday, May 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 8.
  • Learn about the techniques used to research and furnish historic houses at Colonial Williamsburg, especially R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse, on Friday, April 2; Wednesday, May 26; Monday, July 26; Monday, Sept. 20; and Friday, Nov. 19.
  • “Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet” on Wednesday, June 30; Wednesday, July 7; Wednesday, July 21; Wednesday, July 28; Wednesday, Aug. 4, Monday, Aug. 9; Wednesday, Aug. 11; Wednesday, Aug. 18; Friday, Aug. 20; Wednesday, Aug. 25; Wednesday, Sept. 22; Monday, Oct. 4; Wednesday, Oct. 6; Friday, Oct. 8; Wednesday, Oct. 13; Monday, Oct. 18; Wednesday, Oct. 20; and Wednesday, Oct. 27.
  • “Coffeehouse Exhibition” on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Nov. 5.

    The following special tours will be conducted at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum:

  • “Steve Harley: An Original Life” on Wednesday, Feb. 24; Monday, May 24 and Friday, Sept. 17.
  • “We the People: Three Centuries of American Folk Portraits” on Wednesday, March 3; Wednesday, April 28; Friday, June 25; Friday, July 23; and Wednesday, Nov. 17.
  • Tour a selected group of painted sculpture on Wednesday, March 10 and Wednesday, May 5.
  • “Seeing Stars in American Bedcovers” on Friday, March 19; Monday, March 29; and Monday, May 10.
  • “Down on the Farm” on Wednesday March 24; Monday, July 12; and Wednesday Nov. 3.
  • “Conserving the Carolina Room” on Monday, April 19 and Wednesday, June 9.
  • “Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments” on Friday, April 23; and Wednesday, June 16.
  • Discover 20th-century folk art creations and the lives of the artists who made them on Monday, April 26; Monday, June 21; Monday, Aug. 16; and Monday, Oct. 11.
  • “Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art” on Friday, April 30; Wednesday, May 12; Wednesday, June 23; Monday, Aug. 23; Friday, Sept. 3; and Monday, Oct. 25.
  • “Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware” on Wednesday, May 19 and Monday, Sept. 13.
  • “Material Witnesses: Quilts and Their Makers” on Wednesday, June 2; Wednesday, July 14; Friday, Aug. 6; Wednesday, Sept. 1; Wednesday, Sept. 15; and Monday, Nov. 1.

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

    Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

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

    Entrance to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at 326 W. Francis St. in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Beginning Jan. 4, the operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beginning March 15, hours revert to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (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.

    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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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