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September 7, 2010

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Host New Programs in Fall 2010

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum brings back family favorites this fall. Guests can drop by and try their hand at the German art of scissor cutting in the program, Scherenschnitte…What’s That? Simple silhouettes to more intricate designs are among guests’ choices to snip out in the same manner as Swiss and German immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries. When finished, guests can take their scherenschnitte keepsake home. This program is offered on Mondays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 11 a.m.-noon.

Guests can learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the American Revolution during Crack the Code. Then young guests try their hand at “cracking the code” using the spy techniques they’ve learned. This program is geared for guests ages 8 and older. The program starts at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, Wednesday, Sept. 15, Monday, Sept 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution in Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. Guests will have the opportunity to create a patriotic souvenir to take home. This program is geared for guests ages 10 and up and will take place Mondays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 1:45 p.m.

On a guided tour of the galleries, families can search artwork for flags, bald eagles, George Washington and Lady Liberty in the interactive interpretation My Heart Holds True to the Red, White & Blue. Then make a patriotic keepsake to take home. This program will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 15 and 22 at 1:45 p.m.

In Toys! guests have the opportunity to drop in and create a toy inspired by ones seen in the 18th- and 19th-century portraits on exhibit. This program is set to take place on Thursdays, Sept. 16 and 23 at 11 a.m.-noon.

Families explore quilts and quilted fashions with an expert guide during Stitch Detectives. Guests then get the chance to express their creativity with a hands-on activity. This program takes place on Thursdays, Sept. 16 and 23, and begins at 1:45 pm.

Art fanatics should attend Art Adventures where families explore the art galleries on a guided tour that investigates a special theme or collection of objects. Then make a work of art to take home. The interactive interpretation will take place on Fridays, Sept. 17 and 24 at 1:45 p.m.

Art Stop gives visitors an opportunity to create a work of art to take home inspired by objects in the collection. This hands-on activity is offered Tuesdays, Sept. 14 and 21 at 11 a.m.-noon, and on Saturdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Admission to these programs is included in all Historic Area or museum admission passes.

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

Bassett Hall continues Abby’s Art at Bassett Hall in the fall. Guests can tour the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and admire the variety of folk art Abby chose for this special home. All family members can create their own piece of folk art – a theorem – to take home. These theorems take the form of stenciled still life pictures done with colored pencils on paper. Historically, theorems were often still life pictures painted on velvet. This program will take place at Bassett Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 15, Thursday, Sept. 16, Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23. Guests may begin arriving at 10 a.m.-noon.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at

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