Robert and Lee Dalzell to Discuss George and Martha Washington March 14

For Immediate Release

March 09, 2000

The entertainment customs of our first president will be the subject of a lecture by Robert F. Dalzell, Jr., and Lee B. Dalzell on Tuesday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m., at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Their talk, "Entertaining at Mount Vernon: A Play in Three Acts by George and Martha Washington," will focus on the Washingtons as host and hostess during three different periods in their lives. The lecture is the third in the series "Silver in Colonial America," offered in connection with the exhibition A Fresh and Large Assortment: American Silver from the Burrows Collection.Admission is free.

Robert F. Dalzell, Jr. is Ephraim Williams Professor of American History at Williams College. Lee B. Dalzell is head of reference services, Williams College Libraries. A Fresh and Large Assortment explores the use of silver in the home in Colonial and Federal America as well as the lives and social customs of the people who used and created it.

Over one-hundred-fifty silver objects from the important private collection of Elizabeth H. Burrows and her late husband Henry Morris Burrows, ranging from shoe buckles and swords to tankards and teapots, are included. The exhibition features pieces from the three major centers of American silver production-Boston, New York, and Philadelphia-ranging in date from 1667 to 1899. A Fresh and Large Assortment will be on view February 13 through April 30.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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