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August 2018

Wilton Discoveries Day: Building Wilton

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$20

How do you build a house in the 1700’s? One brick at a time! Learn how William Randolph III helped plan the city of Richmond and built Wilton, then try your hand at house-planning and brick making. Building Wilton is suggested for rising 4th-5th graders. Wilton Discoveries Days are $20 each, or register for all three for $50. If you would like to register for all three Wilton Discovery Days, contact Katie Watkins, Education Director, at kwatkins@wiltonhousemuseum.org or by calling…

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Wilton Artists: Bookbinding Bash

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$20

Bookbinding was an important skill in colonial Virginia. Make and decorate your own bound book that you can take home with you. Bookbinding Bash is recommended for rising 2nd – 3rd graders with an adult guardian. Wilton Artists classes are $10 each, or register for all three for $25. If you would like to register for all three Wilton Artist Days, contact Katie Watkins, Education Director, at kwatkins@wiltonhousemuseum.org or by calling 804-282-5936, ext. 4.   Powered by Eventbrite

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September 2018

1619: Angela and the First Africans at Jamestown

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. September will feature Mark Summers, Public Historian, Historic Jamestowne.   Join Mark Summers, Public Historian at Jamestown Rediscovery for a lecture about the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia in 1619. That August, nearly three weeks after the first representative government at Jamestown was held Africans arrived in Virginia on board the White Lion and the Treasurer. These two ships had taken the Africans off of a Spanish slaver vessel the San…

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October 2018

A Wilton House Museum Symposium: Women in Historic Preservation

October 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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This symposium celebrates the significant roles women have played and continue to achieve in preserving historic sites. Numerous iconic historic buildings and neighborhoods owe their very existence to the determination of women to preserve them. This was achieved by building awareness, securing private philanthropy, and fighting to establish public policy. Women have lead the historic preservation movement from its earliest efforts until today. Speakers from across the country will come together for a symposium to explore and contextualize these achievements.…

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November 2018

Friends with Benefits: Quaker Cabinetmakers of the Colonial Chesapeake

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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Free

Join us for our annual lecture series. November will feature Robert Leath, Chief Curator & Vice President, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Until recently, it has been assumed that most of the colonial Chesapeake’s cabinetmakers were British Episcopalians or Scottish Presbyterians, but a surprising number were Quakers.  The Society of Friends had deep roots in the Tidewater stretching back to the 17th century, but due to their undying opposition to slavery, the congregation largely disappeared from the Chesapeake landscape during the…

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December 2018

Nightingales of the South

December 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. December's lecture will feature Kelly Hancock, Interpretation and Programs Manager at the American Civil War Museum. As a plantation site on a navigable river just outside of Richmond, Wilton was unable to avoid involvement in the Civil War. While the plantation played host to hundreds of soldiers before their battles, Richmond's hospitals cared for them after the smoke of battle had settled. During the American Civil War, woman defied social convention and volunteered…

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January 2019

Neat and Plain: Dressing the 18th Century Virginian

January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. January will feature Neal T. Hurst, Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Fashion during the 18th century changed quickly.  From free whites, enslaved Africans, and Native Americans, clothing played a key role in their everyday lives.  Using extant garments, written documentation, and portraiture, this lecture will explore the prevailing taste in fashion amongst Virginians, how they bought clothing, and what garments they wore.    Powered by Eventbrite

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March 2019

Thomas Jefferson: Planting the Arts in America

March 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. March will feature Susan Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator, Special Projects, Monticello. Thomas Jefferson devoted himself to creating a lasting American nation. As an architect, designer, collector, and patron of the arts, he understood that the arts could help forge an American identity, especially through the recognition of its founders. The architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe credited him with the planting the arts in America. This talk explores how and why Jefferson was influential…

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April 2019

Shenandoah’s Page Valley Style: The Painted Furniture of John Spitler, 1790-1806

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. April will feature Elizabeth A. Davison, Independent Decorative Arts Historian.  A discussion of three generations of Spitlers, the history and material culture of the Page Valley in current day Page County,  Virginia, and how this history and material culture is reflected in John Spitler's painted designs. The Page Valley is a small valley geographically and culturally associated with the Shenandoah Valley, located between the Massanutten and Blue Ridge mountain ranges. Massanutten is the settlement where…

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May 2019

One of a Kind: Manuscript Maps from the Collection at Colonial Williamsburg

May 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for the final lecture in our annual series. May will feature Katie McKinney, Assistant Curator of Maps & Prints, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Katie will discuss a selection of unique manuscript maps from Colonial Williamsburg’s map collection, including a land deed granted to George Washington of his land in Ohio and a map that traced the steps of the Marquis de Lafayette during the final days of the American Revolution. Powered by Eventbrite

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