March 10, 2006
CW "Remembers the Ladies" with Women's History Month programs during March
In 1776, Abigail Adams requested that her husband, future president John Adams, “remember the ladies” when establishing the government and laws of the new nation. Colonial Williamsburg will remember 18th-century women through their contributions in the colonial capital of Virginia in March during Women’s History Month.
Programs include:Women of the Theater—Scenes from the 18th-century Stage, 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17, Mary Stith House. Colonial Williamsburg’s theatrical interpreters will perform scenes between women and between men and women that exemplify the roles of women in the 18th century.
Women’s Leisure—A Lady and Her Music. Enjoy the music that enlivened the households of the 18th century.
10-11:40 a.m., Thursday, March 2, Saturdays, March 4, 11 and 18, and Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, Wythe House; and
2-3:40 p.m., Thursdays, March 9 and 16, Geddy House.
Ladies of the Governor’s Palace, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., March 2, 4, 6, 9, 11 and 16, Governor’s Palace. Learn about some of the ladies who lived at the Governor’s Palace. They include: Lady Dunmore, wife of the last Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore; and Martha Jefferson, wife of Thomas Jefferson, the Commonwealth’s second governor and the last to live in the Governor’s Palace. (Reservations required.)
Women of Williamsburg Walking Tour, 2 p.m., March 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31 and April 2, Greenhow Lumber House. Join an experienced guide on a walk through Williamsburg and hear about the lives of women who called Virginia and its capital city home.
Historic Trades programs. Learn what life was like in 18th-century trades for women then and now.
Growing Up, Growing Older, 11-11:45 a.m., March 6, Mary Stith House. Many women today are curious how their sisters in the 18th century dealt with matters of feminine maturation, fertility and growing older. This program offers a discussion with a member of Colonial Williamsburg’s Pasteur-Galt Apothecary Shop staff about the medical answers available to women in the 18th century. This program is not recommended for young children.
Fashion and Health, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m., March 7 and 21, Mary Stith House. Many people find themselves curious about the relationships between what women wore, how it was made and how it affected their health. This informal conversation with staff from the Pasteur-Galt Apothecary and the Millinery Shop offers the opportunity to learn about the relationships between the making and wearing of clothing and issues of health, hygiene and life passages for 18th-century women.
As Fashion Grows Up, Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., March 14 and 28, Mary Stith House. Clothing for infants and children underwent changes throughout the colonial period. As children grew, what they wore and how they wore it changed as well. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fashion Trades examines 18th-century baby and children’s clothing.
Women in Trades, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, Governor’s Palace East Advance Building. This panel discussion allows guests an opportunity to speak with the women in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades Department about issues that they face as modern women pursuing what many view as men’s trades.
A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket is required as indicated by program. Reservations are needed where indicated.