Hennage Auditorium at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Events: Nation Builders & Trades at 5
Get ready for some amazing programming back at the Hennage Auditorium. All programs are part of your daily ticket, Good Neighbors Pass or Annual Membership. The Hennage Auditorium located inside the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, this auditorium provides an intimate setting for a variety of performances and presentations.
Nation Builders & Trades at 5 schedules are below! Keep scrolling!
Here is a run down of how your visit to any of the events below will take place, so you can “know before you go” what to expect:
Seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements in indoor venues so arrive early. Doors will open 45 minutes before showtime to allow guests to be seated without gathering in the auditorium lobby. Guests will be seated on a first come/first served basis with 6 ft. of distance between groups. Masks will be required of ALL (other than young children – under 10) guests attending Hennage Auditorium programs. Programs will consist of 30 minutes of program material and 15 minutes for question and answer with guests remaining in their seats. At the conclusion of the program, ushers will direct guests when to exit to maintain social distancing between groups. Unfortunately, photographs with the performers cannot be accommodated at this time. ALL auditorium touch points will be cleaned between programs.
Here are the September Programs
NATION BUILDERS at 1:30
Doctrine of Representation – Tuesday, September 7 at 1:30 pm
Virginia, 1778: Women have never had the franchise, but will that change under a new government? Meet Hannah Corbin & her brother Richard Henry Lee as they explore the future of voting rights & the meaning of representation. (45 minutes)
The Price of Womanhood – Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 1:30 pm
Meet Martha Barksdale, first president of the W&M Women’s Student Council, and Ann Wager, teacher at Virginia’s first school for African Americans. Join these women as they discuss what it means to be female, educated, represented, and equal in Williamsburg.
God is My Rock – Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 1:30 pm
Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved man and popular local preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion, and freedom.
Captives to Citizens – Thursdays, September 10, 17 and 24 at 1:30 pm
Discuss the 18th-century practice of captive taking, and subsequent adoption, in eastern woodland tribes – and the unique definitions of citizenship in these American Indian communities.
Lafayette and the French Revolution – Thursdays, Sept. 3
The Marquis de Lafayette is well known for his participation in the American Revolution, but he also played a major role in the French Revolution. Come learn about the causes of the French Revolution, the part Lafayette played in it and how a Revolution that began in America transformed as it crossed the Atlantic from a man who was part of both. (45 minutes)
The Confessions of William Byrd – Friday, September 4 at 1:30 pm
It is early August, 1776, and Colonel William Byrd, one of the most powerful men in Virginia, has suddenly abandoned his once fervent allegiance to the King, and embraced the American Revolution. He has now traveled to Philadelphia to stand before the Continental Congress to seek a Commission in General Washington’s Army. Has Colonel Byrd truly embraced
the cause of Liberty? Or does his conversion stem from more sinister motives? (45 minutes)
All Things are Possible – Mondays, September 14, 21 and 28 at 1:30 pm
Meet with Robert Carter III, who in 1791 owned more slaves than any other Virginian. His inner struggles and new-found faith will lead him to an extraordinary decision, which was followed by an equally remarkable action
Jefferson and Jupiter: Across the Board – Sundays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 1:30 pm
Over a game of chess Thomas Jefferson and his manservant, Jupiter, challenge and amuse each other. Are all men created equal? In this depiction of a private moment in the life of a very public figure, chess becomes a metaphor for the power dynamics present in the master/slave relationship. (45 minutes)
The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret – Fridays, September 11, 18 and 25 at 1:30 pm
Join Mrs. Washington in December of 1799 as she comes to terms with the General’s Last Will and Testament and hear from George Washington on his evolution on slavery.
The True Master – Saturdays, September 12 and 26 at 1:30 pm
Mrs. Vobe, owner of the King’s Arms Tavern, gives some liberties to her enslaved right-hand man, Gowan’s, but society demands that they fit into the normal hierarchy. Meet Jane Vobe and Gowan in 1772 as they look for meaning in their roles in the changing social climate in Colonial Virginia.
5:00 Spotlight Wednesday
5:00 Spotlight – Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 5 pm
Join a Museum Curator, Conservator or Educator for an informal talk:
Sept. 9 – Numismatics Curator, Erik Goldstein, explores the “Myth of the Continental Dollar.”
Sept.16 – Ceramics Curator, Angelika Kuettner, discusses “More than Cracked Pots: Historic Repairs”
Sept. 23 – Paintings Conservator, Shelley Svoboda, discusses “Conserving the Carolina Room”
Sept. 30 – Conservation Director, Patty Silence, explores the “History of Conservation at Colonial Williamsburg”
TRADES at 5 PM
Visit with Foodways – Fridays, September 4, 11, 18, 25 and Sunday, September 6 at 5 pm
Join our Historic Foodways staff as they explore cuisines of the 18th century.
How to Play the (18th-Century) Violin – Thursday, September 17 at 5 pm
The violin was played by all classes and in all settings in Colonial Williamsburg. But as anyone who has tried knows, playing the violin is easier said than done! Come hear how this most ubiquitous of musical instruments was played in 18th-century Virginia. (45 minutes)
Meet a Spinet – Saturday, September 12 at 5 pm
Get to know how a spinet works, the tools and materials of the builders, the people who made and bought them, and best of all, hear its music.
Is that a cello? Or a viol? – Thursday, September 10 and Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm
Similar-looking, but from two different families, the cello and the viol coexisted for centuries side-byside – cousins locked in a bitter popularity contest that only one could win. Explore the history,
construction, and repertoire of these two bowed stringed instruments, and hear them both in action!
Visit with the Apothecary – Mondays, September 7 and 21 at 5 pm
Discover how much, and how little, medicine has changed since the time of George Washington.
Visit with the Printers – Tuesday, September 1 and Mondays, September 14 and 28 at 5 pm
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Discover the letterpress trade and how it spread the news in the age before the Internet.
Visit with Fife & Drum – Wednesday, September 2 & Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 5 pm
Get some insight into the world of Colonial Williamsburg’s Fife & Drum Corps. (45 minutes)
The Bird Fancyer’s Delight – Thursday, September 24 at 5 pm
Learn about the connection between wild birds and the music written by composers in the 18th century and how this figured into the cultural life of Williamsburg.
Visit with Public Leather Works – Sundays, September 13, 20, 27 at 5 pm
Join our Public Leather Works staff as they explore leather working of the 18th century
For more information these programs and all the programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg visit their website.
301 S Nassau St
Williamsburg, VA 23185