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September 23, 2005

Special Halloween program at CW's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum explores Virginia witch hunts

Guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum can explore alluring destinations in far-off lands or witch hunts in 18th-century Virginia during October. Programs are included in museum admission.

Families can celebrate National Children’s Day 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 during “A Sailor’s Life for Me.” The theme explores life as a sailor in the 18th and 19th centuries. Guided tours, art activities and hunting for treasures in a self-guided tour will reveal how sailors navigated the high seas, what they did for fun and what exotic things they experienced in faraway places.
Children have an opportunity to see an 18th-century puppet play, “Black Beard the Pirate,” during two 30-minute performances at 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the Hennage Auditorium.

The Wallace Museum presents “A Sailor’s Life for Me” as part of National Children’s Day, which is set aside for federal, state and local governments to honor the nation’s children through appropriate activities and programs.

At 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, the Wallace Museum offers a “bewitching” program in the 18th-century style. Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors. Hudson gathered surviving records and evidence for his book, “These Detestable Slaves of the Devill,” which serves as a quick reference guide to the beliefs, occurrences and legal proceedings regarding witchcraft in colonial Virginia. A book signing follows the lecture.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British and American decorative arts. Entered through the reconstructed Public Hospital of 1773, the museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is included in any multi-day Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or separate museums ticket. For program information call (757) 220-7724.

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