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Celebrating the American Spirit

February 23-27, 2018

America’s oldest decorative arts program celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018. Returning to four full days of presentations, the 2018 Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum offers the latest findings on furniture, ceramics, textiles, architecture and a host of related topics in a program titled Celebrating the American Spirit.

The 2018 Forum will gather curators, collectors, and scholars from across the United States to share recent findings and insights. Scheduled speakers include Alexandra Kirtley from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mel Buchanan from the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Dennis Carr from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.

In addition to four days of lectures and demonstrations, Forum guests may register for optional hands-on workshops with the Colonial Williamsburg collections and private tours of historic homes in the region. Addressing a broad range of American decorative arts, this promises to be a memorable Forum. Join us February 23-27, 2018, as we mark 70 years of Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forums, Celebrating the American Spirit.

Program Information

For detailed information including full program agenda, workshops, etc., please visit the conference registration site.

  • Speakers

    • Mel buchanan

      RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts & Design, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

    • Emily Campbell

      Architectural Preservation Assistant, Grainger Department of Architectural Preservation, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Dennis Carr

      Carolyn & Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

    • Alexandra Deutsch

      Chief Curator, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland

    • Adam T. Erby

      Associate Curator, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Virginia

    • Jeffrey S. Evans

      Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Auctions, Mount Crawford, Virginia

    • Ralph Harvard

      Independent Scholar and Designer, New York, New York

    • Annabeth Hayes

      Director of Preservation, Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, Franklin, Tennessee

    • Carter C. Hudgins

      President & CEO, Drayton Hall, Charleston, South Carolina

    • Robert Hunter

      Independent Scholar and Editor of Ceramics in America, Williamsburg, Virginia

    • Ronald L. Hurst

      Vice President, Collections, Conservation, and Museums, and Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Brock W. Jobe

      M.A., Professor Emeritus, Office of Academic Programs, Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Winterthur, Delaware

    • Peter Kenny

      Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, New York, New York

    • Alexandra A. Kirtley

      The Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    • LEA C. LANE

      Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Intern, Colonial Williamsburg


      Deputy Chief Curator, Colonial Williamsburg


      Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Winterthur, Delaware

    • Paul Staiti

      Professor of Fine Arts, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

    • Susan R. Stein

      Richard Gilder Senior Curator & Vice President for Museum Programs, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

    • Scott Stephenson

      Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions & Programming, Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    • Chris Swan

      Senior Conservator, Furniture, Colonial Williamsburg

    • Matt Webster

      Director, Grainger Department of Architectural Preservation, Colonial Williamsburg


      Keynote Speaker and Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus, Brown University

  • scholarships

    student scholarship fund

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to attend Antiques Forum. Scholarships provide full-paid registration to all Antiques Forum activities including lectures and social events as well as lodging at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel. The award does not include participation in optional tours or workshops for which there is an extra charge. For more information email

  • Accommodations


    Special rates are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels for conference registrants. Rates listed are single or double occupancy per night and do not include applicable taxes.

    Mention the conference or use Booking Code 484952 to obtain the discount rates. Confirm your reservation by calling 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (ET).

    Williamsburg Inn
    With unparalleled hospitality, the Williamsburg Inn offers guests first-class food and beverage featuring the contemporary fine dining restaurant, the Rockefeller Room, and a sophisticated setting for cocktails at the Restoration Bar. Guestroom $244

    Griffin Hotel
    Discover spacious guest rooms where you can enjoy Williamsburg's natural beauty. Terraces overlook a charming pond and wooded area. Access to world-class dining, recreation, and spa amenities. Guestroom $139

    Williamsburg Lodge
    Enjoy a relaxing hotel escape in the heart of the Revolutionary City. Just steps from the action, the inviting lodge boasts a world-class restaurant and convenient access to spa and recreation amenities. Deluxe $159; Cozy $136

    Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites
    Conveniently located next to the Visitor Center and Huzzah! BBQ Grille, a stay at the Williamsburg Woodlands includes a daily continental breakfast and fitness room. Standard $90; Suite $124

    Colonial Houses (Historic Lodging)
    Imagine a setting filled with authentic period reproductions such as a canopy bed and a crackling fire in the hearth. Stay in the heart of the Revolutionary City with all the comforts of home.
    Superior $166; Deluxe; $199 Suite $240


    Whether you are looking for Historic tavern or modern, casual or quick fare, Colonial Williamsburg offers a range of dining experiences for everyone's palate. For reservations or additional information regarding dining opportunities, call 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (ET).



    The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers a calm sanctuary of classic elegance. Serene decor and thoughtful amenities allow for relaxation and rejuvenation. Arrive early and linger after your treatment to enjoy steam rooms, signature showers, and whirlpools, as well as our relaxation lounges. Experience the wonders of The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for yourself by booking an appointment at 1-800-688-6479.


    Registration now open

    Register online or via telephone by calling 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET.

    General Registration Information

    Pre-registration and payment in full are required. The registration fee is $650 per person. Registration includes four continental breakfasts, four coffee breaks, three afternoon refreshment breaks, an opening reception, a closing reception and dinner, presentations proposed in this brochure, and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. The presentation schedule is subject to change without notice.

    Museum Professionals Discount

    Full-time museum professionals can receive a 50% discount on the registration fee. The closing reception and dinner are not included in the museum professional rate but a ticket can be purchased for $85. The discount is limited to two per qualifying institution.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    In the event a registrant cannot attend, the registration may be transferred to another individual, provided the individual is not already registered and the registration is used for the same conference. Notice of transfer must be received in writing and should be emailed to

    If a registrant cannot attend, notice of cancellation must be received in writing by 5 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018, to be eligible for a refund. If notification is received by February 16, 2018, Colonial Williamsburg will refund registration fees, less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellation notice should be emailed to or mailed to Michele Moyer, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, PO Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776. Refunds will not be granted after February 16, 2018. Travel and/or trip interruption insurance is recommended. Check with your travel agent for details.