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February 12, 2008

Toast the history of drinking and the material culture it has produced at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Philippa Glanville, senior research fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England, will speak on her latest book “The Art of Drinking” 5 p.m. Friday, March 14 at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. This lecture is a Distinguished Scholar Lecture and is underwritten by The Horatio Hall Whitridge & Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Fund.

From the 18th to the 20th centuries, cartoonists have exploited beer and spirits in their mockery. Painters have depicted the wine-sodden excesses of classical gods and architects have devised grottoes, beer gardens, gin palaces and wine bars. Potters, goldsmiths and glassmakers have designed an extraordinary diversity of bowls and decanters, containers and cases, tankards and glasses. This lecture will celebrate and explore the extraordinary range of visual and material culture created by entrepreneurs, designers, critics and campaigners.

The Horatio Hall Whitridge & Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Fund was established in 1996 through a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Whitridge. Since then, the Foundation has enjoyed annual lectures and lecture series by distinguished scholars, including Rhys Issac, Ivor Noel Hume and Wendell Garrett.

The program is included in museum admission. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. 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 5 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. “Revolutionary City®” -- a daily dramatic live street theater presentation -- is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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