Museum To Hold 2022 Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 15
Keynote Lecture by Prof. Michael Olmert on “Colonial Williamsburg and the Invention of Historic Preservation”

We are pleased to announce that the St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. on the Museum grounds at 201 E. Chestnut Street in St. Michaels.

Lecturer Michael Olmert, a Professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, will provide the keynote address during the meeting. Prof. Olmert is the author of The Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg and has published some 50 historic articles in the Colonial Williamsburg Journal. He is on the Board of the Saint Michaels Museum and leads Easton walking tours for the Talbot Historic Society. 

Prof. Olmert’s address will be “Colonial Williamsburg and the Invention of Historic Preservation.

300 years ago, Williamsburg, Virginia, was a cosmopolitan English community and the government seat of the richest and the most important colony in America. A major market for trade and commerce, it was also an intellectual center. But it was not the quaint idyllic community reflected by modern-day Colonial Williamsburg—whose architecture, gardens, and overall “style” changed the look of the 20th Century American suburb. All that came about as a result of one of the world's largest historical restorations ever undertaken, which started in 1926, bankrolled by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 

Prof. Olmert’s talk will examine the modern history of Williamsburg and how it became the most-studied 18th Century town in the world. He will detail how the research required for its recreation in the 20th Century caused seismic changes in post-medieval archaeology, architectural history, American history, town planning, immigration & slavery, population studies, historic trades, dendrochronology, law and justice, restoration-vs.-reconstruction, 17th, 18th, and 19th Century studies, and more. 

Williamsburg’s archaeology, architecture, and social and political history can tell us a great deal about ourselves today—which may be the whole point of History.

Please join us on Sunday, May 15th, at 2:00 p.m. on the Museum campus.