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December 9, 2011

Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Focus on Anniversary of Ratification of Bill of Rights

The program, “Christmas Present for a New Nation,” celebrates the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights and discusses the battle for the liberties that define American citizenship. The program will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St.

The audience witnesses the intense debate over the meaning of the American Revolution between legendary patriots who decided whether Virginia would adopt the Constitution. Audience members also enjoy patriotic music and talk with the revolutionary leaders. An open discussion about what the Bill of Rights means today follows.

The Wallace Museum Café will be open so guests can enjoy a bowl of soup and other light fare.

A separate ticket of $3 is required in addition a Colonial Williamsburg admission pass, museum pass and Good Neighbor pass.

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 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday through March 13. On March 14, museum hours will be 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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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121