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June 24, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Women Describe Their Role in the American Revolution

Women were involved in the American Revolution in more ways than most expect. Visitors of Colonial Williamsburg get the opportunity to meet these women who greatly influenced the Revolution during “Revolutionary Women.” The program will take place June 30, July 8, July 21 and July 29. The hour-long program begins at 12:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Visitors meet three strong women who lived through the American Revolution. Their jobs were extraordinary for women of their time, including a camp follower, a spy and a soldier – women who rebelled against societal norms.

Tickets are included in all Historic Area, Good Neighbor cards 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.

Support for programs such as “Revolutionary Women” is provided by The Robert and Barbara Bailey Endowment for Training and Enrichment, the Claudia A. McMurray and Donald V. Moorehead Interpreters’ Fund and the David Rockefeller Endowment Fund for Historic Area Programming Renewal. The L. Kay Wilkinson Endowment for Women’s Studies helps underwrite Colonial Williamsburg programs that focus on women.

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

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121