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January 20, 2014

What’s new in 2014 at Colonial Williamsburg

New experiences, programs and celebrations are on the schedule for 2014.  Here’s a preview of some of the events planned for the next 12 months.  Come back to history.org daily for more information and updates.

Wood Working in the 18th Century, Jan. 19-26:  Presented in partnership with The Museums of Early Southern Decorative Arts and Fine Woodworking, this conference will feature projects and presentations exploring the design and construction of dining room furniture based on original 18th-century pieces.dining

The Early South Exhibition, opening Feb. 14: This exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity of early Southern style through the remarkable objects that were created in, or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina Low Country, and Southern Backcountry in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  This exhibition was made possible by Carolyn and Michael McNamara.

Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 15–17:  Get a first-hand perspective from the remarkable Founding Fathers whose Williamsburg experiences led to the creation of our nation. Gather for meals, music, and performances in celebration of this special weekend.

Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, Feb. 14-18: “

New Findings in the Arts of the Coastal South” explores

recent developments in the antiques world on topics ranging from southern portraiture to early Annapolis cabinetmaking with a host of acclaimed curators, collectors, and dealers.

 chautauquaForums for Citizenship, Feb. 21-22: “Turning Worlds Upside Down: Liberty and Democracy in Revolutionary Times” is a conversation with a series of presentations and historical reenactments that will explore how the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence were challenged as the American Revolution evolved into the War for Independence, and how present day revolutions confront those same challenges. The forum is presented by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Chautauqua Institution.

 American Quilts Exhibition, June: This exhibition will feature 12 American quilts that represent the widely diverse types of quilts made in America from the 18th and 20th centuries, some of which are being exhibited for the first time.

Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony, June 14. Feel the pride and emotion as new American citizens are inducted on the grounds of the Colonial Capitol in the Revolutionary City.

Under the Red Coat, June 27–29.  How did life in 18th-century Williamsburg change when the British Army took charge? Watch as soldiers raise the British flag over the Capitol and hear the terms of occupation read to the people. Meet with the townspeople and discover what changes most concern them.

July 4 Celebration: Join Colonial Williamsburg for a special militia muster and a salute to the 13 original states by the Fifes and Drums, followed by fireworks.

Summer Breeze Concert Series in Merchants Square, July-August.These open-air concerts featuring a variety of bands performing music from pop to dance party. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music.

Fall Homeschool Days, Sept. 6–21: Participate in a variety of active experiences throughout the Revolutionary City. Discover what it was like to grow up during the 18th century. Learn about the arts and mysteries of a trade. Start a conversation with a citizen of the town. Or, drop by the Art Museums and create a work of art to take home.

6th Annual Constitution Day Event, Sept. 17: Gather in Merchants Square for “To Support and Defend,” a special open-air concert to celebrate the U.S. Constitution.

An Occasion for the Arts, Oct. 3-4: This art show and music festival features fine artists, local youth artists and lively performing artists.

Prelude to Victory, Oct. 11-12: Come and be part of a vast army on its way to lay siege to Yorktown in what proves to be the decisive battle of the American Revolution. Come face-to-face with a number of America’s revolutionary era war heroes and experience their thoughts, emotions, and struggles.

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