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April 20, 2015

Exhibit Examines Explorers’ Studies of Their New Natural World

By Karen Gonzalez

Henrietta Somerset (1748-1770)

Many explorers and settlers of the New World became fascinated by the plants and animals that were native to their new home.

That fascination resulted in drawings, paintings and other objects that are the inspiration for “Birds, Bugs and Blooms – Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century,” an … Continue Reading »

January 5, 2015

Where the Future Meets the Past

Museum materials analysis takes a futuristic turn with the new Conservation Analytical Lab. There, conservator Kirsten Moffit can focus the rays of an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, an infrared micro-spectrometer and a fluorescence microscope and learn secrets spaced between an object’s molecular bonds.

Moffitt describes the science of conservation in this week’s podcast. Listen now.

December 23, 2014

Simply having an “art-full” Christmastime

By Bill Sullivan

Hundreds of handmade ornaments adorn the majestic 16-foot Christmas tree near the central stairway of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

The folk art tree is a Williamsburg tradition dating back decades. And like the Revolutionary City, it invites everyone’s participation.

In the folk art museum’s previous location, the Christmas tree was … Continue Reading »

September 3, 2014

Education Equals Fun at the Museums

By Karen Gonzalez

Colonial Williamsburg museums are known for their beautiful decorative 18th-century objects, but it’s not all look-but-don’t touch.

The museums cater to families, with tours that engage the young ones, too.

As kids head back to school, parents can still depend on people like Christina Westenberger to find ways to make learning effortless. As assistant … Continue Reading »

April 24, 2014

When Religious Freedom Was Dangerous

By Bill Sullivan

“A commitment to religious freedom is one of the most important achievements of the founding era precisely because it could be dangerous,” said James Sidbury, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Rice University, in a talk at the Dewitt Wallace Museum. But dangerous to whom? Sidbury was a featured speaker during … Continue Reading »

March 28, 2014

This weekend: Wrapping up Women’s History Month

This weekend, Colonial Williamsburg will mark the end of Women’s History Month by celebrating the bravery and strength of revolutionary women. Take a look at upcoming programs and check our calendar for new and updated information.

You Have My Heart: Explore Colonial Williamsburg’s art museum’s exhibit “Threads of Feeling” and learn about messages that mothers left … Continue Reading »