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September 28, 2007

Whet your child's appetite for history with family programs at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Ignite an interest in history in your children through tours of the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and hand-on activities this fall. Beginning in October, families can take part in a wide array of programs that include:

  • Countdown to a Folk Art Christmas, Education Gallery, 2-4 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2 and 9. Join the staff of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and create Christmas tree ornaments inspired from objects in the collection for your tree and the Museum’s Folk Art Christmas Tree. Included in museum admission.
    Art Adventures, 3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and 10. Explore the galleries on a tour geared just for families and create a work of art to take home. 1 hour. (Space limited)
  • Art Stop, 10:30-noon, Saturdays, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and 10. 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.
  • Children’s Day, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Enjoy music, games and gallery activities for the entire family at the “Down on the Farm” exhibition, plus a performance by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra at 4 p.m. A free reservation is required for the performance.
  • Stitch Detectives, 3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 3 and 11. Explore the textiles in exhibits of both the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, and then explore your creativity with a hands-on-activity.
  • Wee Folk, 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 14. This program is geared to children ages 3-7 and their adult friends. Participants explore the galleries through stories and activities.

    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.

    Entrance to The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 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 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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