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Photo by Harley Stewart: Regent Jane Stewart (left), Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR along with First Vice Regent, Virginia Snyder Lee, (right) pose with guest speaker Jane Hanson. Ms. Hanson was presented with a framed, paper cutout of a colonial lady with her English guitar as a thank you for her presentation on "A Woman and Her Music".
Jane Hanson, vocalist and music interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg for over 30 years, entertained 80+ members and guests of the Williamsburg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at their luncheon on Tuesday, April 7. Ms. Hanson's stories delighted everyone with 17th & 18th-century quotes about women and their music. It was an educational requirement for young ladies of the gentry's class to become accomplished in drawing, painting, sewing and music. Did you know that only certain instruments were considered appropriate for ladies? For example, one would never play the violin, flute, or any instrument that would not complement the "vision" one would see of a woman while playing an instrument. One played an instrument to entertain family and friends. Ms. Hanson studied voice and attended workshops in baroque performance, plays the harpsichord, pianoforte and English guitar, all instruments that were considered appropriate instrument choices for women in the 18th century. The stories Ms. Hanson shared with the group were enhanced by her performance on the English guitar and her beautiful singing voice.
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