Colonial Williamsburg’s Ads Are No Longer Creepy

Last year Colonial Williamsburg released new television commercials which we called creepy, as you can see here. This year, evidently emboldened by the previous year’s successful marketing campaign, they have released two new commercials. Fortunately 2014’s crop of ads are much more direct, easily understandable, and not creepy at all.

In fact, they’ve jumped from creepy to downright frightening. If these commercials are any indication, they believe that history isn’t interesting, but if you like violence, sadism, masochism, public shaming, and human rights violations, than Colonial Williamsburg is the place for you.

While we at the American Hysterical Society believe strongly in the right for all museums to make a buck so they can continue to operate, please won’t you join us in not visiting Williamsburg this year and  help us end these senseless and cruel commercials.

Remember, the history you save could be your own.

About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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