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May 1, 2012

Two Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center Employees Are Recipients of the Spring 2012 Scholarship Award

Two Colonial Williamsburg employees have received spring 2012 awards from the Mary and Donald Gonzales Field Experience Fund. The fund provides individual grants of up to $5,000 for continuing education opportunities for non-management employees within the public history, historic trades, historic sites, historic events, coach and livestock, conservation, collections, museums and landscape departments to pursue educational opportunities.

Recipients are Beverly Prewitt of Yorktown, Va., and Linda C. Smith of Newport News, Va., who are cutter/draper-patternmakers in Colonial Williamsburg’s Costume Design Center, Research and Historical Interpretation, for a study visit to the International Summer School, Arts University College, Bournemouth, England, this summer. Smith will study 18th-century women’s gown draping and construction, and Prewitt will study 18th-century male coats. Both will attend the Costume Society of Great Britain Annual General Meeting and Study Day, "Cutting, Cantilevers, and Construction," at the Old Royal Theatre, Bath, England. They also are planning three days of directed study in London at the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London and the Fashion Museum in Bath, England.

Eligible employees apply for grants in the spring or fall, and grants of up to $5,000 per person are determined by a three-member Selection Committee. Since the fund commenced awards in spring 2007, grants have been provided to 32 employees.

In 2006, Colonial Williamsburg received a $250,000 gift from Deborah S. Pulliam of Castine, Maine, a longtime friend of the Gonzales family and former Colonial Williamsburg employee, to establish the fund. Ms. Pulliam died in May 2007.

Pulliam established the fund in memory of the late Donald Gonzales, retired Colonial Williamsburg senior vice president, and his wife Mary, a musician and community activist, who died in 2011.

Pulliam worked for Colonial Williamsburg as a basketmaker in Historic Trades from 1976 to 1983 after completing her undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary. She later worked for the Daily Press prior to moving to Maine to live and work for the newspaper, the Castine Patriot. She was the youngest of three children of the late Eugene S. Pulliam, former publisher of The Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News, and his wife, the former Jane Bleecker.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

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