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November 29, 2010

Interactive Family Programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Let Guests Take Home Historically Inspired Keepsakes

The holidays are an exciting season at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum with opportunities for guests to pick up a brush, needle or scissors and engage in history through art.

“Art Stop” offers a chance for guests to drop in and create works of art based on objects in the museum’s own collection. Nov. 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1-3 p.m.

During “My Heart Holds True for the Red, White & Blue,” guests will browse the galleries on a guided tour in search of flags, bald eagles, George Washington and Lady Liberty, then make a patriotic keepsake to take home. 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in December.

For a more contemporary experience, opt for a guided tour of contemporary folk art at the “20th-century Folk Art for Families” program. Guests can see a variety of creations including Miles Carpenter’s frog and Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs, and the tour will focus on the fascinating lives of artists such as Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Malcah Zeldis and Jack Savitsky. 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through December.

You may not think that insects can cause much damage to objects like chairs and paintings, but for museum professionals, insect infestation is a constant worry. “When Insects Invade: The Unwanted Museum Visitor” is a guided tour for kids, where they can find out more about one aspect of a museum conservator’s job by learning what types of insects museums worry about, what kind of damage they can do and how conservators deal with them once they get inside. At 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 30.

“Stitch Detectives” explores original objects in the textile study storage drawers with an expert guide and then pick up the needle and thread for a hands-on activity. At 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays in December.

Also on every Thursday in December, drop in for “Ornaments,” between 4 and 5:30 p.m. to create an ornament for your Christmas tree inspired by objects in the folk art collection.

“Toys,” a program offered 1:30-3 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11, and 18, lets children create toys inspired by ones seen in 18th- and 19th-century portraits on exhibit in the museum.

Admission included with all Historic Area or Museum Passes.

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

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.

Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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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