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June 1, 2007

Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offer family programs for the summer

Starting in June, Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum will offer guests the opportunity to take part in exciting family programs throughout the summer, including some new for 2007. Programs are included in museum admission and include:

  • Art Adventures, 2-3 p.m. Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 29, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Explore the galleries on a tour geared just for families and create a work of art to take home. Space is limited.
  • Misadventures of Elsie Whitmore, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, June 1, 15, 29, Aug. 3, 17 and 31. Go back in time to 1847 and hear the travel stories of Elsie Whitmore of Chanango County, N.Y. Guests and their families may even play a game and sing a song or two.
  • Principles of Freedom, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Explore the exciting events leading to the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence. Make a patriotic souvenir to take home. Geared for ages 10 and up.
  • Art Stop, 2:30-4 p.m. Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Wednesday, July 4; 10:30 a.m.-noon Fridays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Participants are encouraged to explore the galleries and create a work of art based on a daily theme during this family drop-in art program.
  • Stitch Detectives, 3 p.m. Sundays, June 3, 17, July 1, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 12 and 26. Explore the textiles in exhibits of the new Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and then explore your creativity with a hands-on activity.
  • The Traveller’s Pocketbook, 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6, July 18, Aug. 1, 15 and 29. Decide how to spend your 18th-century travel budget for food, lodging and entertainment. Geared toward ages 8 and up.
  • In Memoriam, 3 p.m. Sundays, June 10, 24, July 8, Aug. 5 and 19. Investigate the culture of mourning in the 18th and 19th centuries during this gallery tour.
  • Crack the Code, 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13, 27, July 11, Aug. 8 and 22. See if you can “crack the code” as we investigate various secret codes used during the Revolution. Geared towards ages 8 and up.
  • Magical Beasts and Mystical Creatures, 3-5 p.m. Fridays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28. Aspiring witches and wizards explore the galleries for magical beasts and mystical creatures. This course includes creation of companion book, hands-on activity and certificate of completion. ($15 a person. Limited to 25. Reservations required.)
  • Christmas in July. Celebrate Christmas in July at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
    Ornaments! 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Drop in and create an ornament for your Christmas tree inspired by an object on exhibit.
    Art Stop, 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, July 27. Explore the galleries on your own and create a holiday work of art to take home. Space is limited.
    Toys! 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 28. During this kid’s only drop-in program, participants create a toy based on an object currently on exhibition.
  • Wee Folk, 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. Participants explore the galleries through stories and activities. Geared toward children ages 3-7 and their adult friends.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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