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June 22, 2012

New Civil War Program Examines Lives of Children Torn Apart by Fighting

Colonial Williamsburg adds a new program that observes the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Williamsburg this summer.

Through the program “Civil War Children,” guests are able to take a closer look at how the War Between the States had a profound effect not only on our nation, but it had a very personal effect on an entire generation of children and their families. Many suffered throughout their lives with wounds both physical and mental and many grew up as orphans or without their fathers. Hear stories and music of children who went to war, were caught up in the fighting or had to grow up rapidly as they became the “man of the family” on the home front. Carson Hudson, Melody Liberatore and Caitlyn Burke share stories and songs of despair and hope as they explore the lives of these children of war. This program is offered at 5 p.m. Tuesdays, June 26-Aug. 21 in the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $3 in addition to a Revolutionary City admission ticket.

Guests can join a resident of 19th-century Williamsburg during “Mrs. Durfey and the Civil War” as she entertains a friendly enemy at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11-25 at Bassett Hall. Entry is included with a Revolutionary City admission ticket.

How the Colonial Capital Played an Important Role in the Civil War

Two popular walking tours return this summer. Through the “Williamsburg Civil War Tour,” guests learn about how the colonial capital of Williamsburg played an important part in the American Civil War. In addition to serving both the Northern and Southern Armies, it experienced a tragic battle on its doorstep. Join in the tour of the major Civil War sites of the town, meet people who were here and learn more about Williamsburg’s role in this heartrending period of American history. The one-hour walking tour is offered at 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20, 8:40 and 9 p.m. Thursdays, June 21-Aug. 16 Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under 6.

“Women of Civil War Williamsburg” explores the hardship and loss with a battle outside the town of Williamsburg and the following three years of military occupation. Through this program, guests join a one-hour walking tour that explores the effects of the Civil War on the lives of the women of Williamsburg at 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20, 8:40, and 9 p.m. Sundays, June 24- July 22 and Mondays, July 30-Aug. 27 at the Courthouse. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under 6.

Programs and exhibitions at the 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. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

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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Penna Rogers
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