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March 3, 2009

Mary and Donald Gonzales Field Experience Fund announces spring 2009 award winners

Five Colonial Williamsburg employees have been selected to receive awards from the Mary and Donald Gonzales Field Experience Fund. The fund provides individual grants of up to $5,000 for continuing education opportunities for non-management employees within the public history, historic trades, historic sites, historic events, coach and livestock, conservation, collections and museums, and landscape departments to pursue educational opportunities.

Spring 2009 cycle recipients are:

  • Stephen C. Atkins, archaeological technician in Colonial Williamsburg’s conservation, collections and museums, for use of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Bird Collection, Washington, D.C., May 31-June 5, 2009;
  • Eunice A. Glosson, registrar in Colonial Williamsburg’s conservation, collections and museums, for the Collective Imagination Conference, Gallery Systems, The Museum System, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2-5, 2009;
  • Lawrence D. Griffith, Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants in landscape administration, for Classical Attic Greek I and II, the College of William and Mary, Sept. 2009 and January 2010;
  • Shelley Svoboda, Colonial Williamsburg’s conservator of paintings, for the symposium, “Facing the Challenges of Panel Painting’s Conservation: Trends, Treatments and Training,” Getty Conservation Institute, The Getty Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, May 17-21, 2009; and
  • Holly E. Winchell, trades interpreter in Colonial Williamsburg’s Printing Office, for inspection and ultimate reprinting of “The Examination of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Before an August Assembly, Relating to the Repeal of the Stamp Act,” Boston Anthenaeum, Boston, in 2009. The document was originally printed by William Rind in Williamsburg in 1766.

    Since the fund commenced awards in spring 2007, grants have been provided to 15 employees.

    In April 2006, Colonial Williamsburg received a $250,000 gift from Deborah S. Pulliam of Castine, Maine, a longtime friend of the Gonzales family and former Colonial Williamsburg employee, to establish the fund. Ms. Pulliam died in May 2007.

    Qualified employees may annually apply for grants in the spring or fall, and grants of up to $5,000 per person are determined by a three-member Selection Committee.

    Application deadline for the fall Gonzales Field Experience award is Sept. 15. The fall award winners will be announced by late November.

    Pulliam established the fund in memory of the late Donald Gonzales, retired Colonial Williamsburg senior vice president, and in honor of his wife Mary, a musician and community activist.

    Pulliam worked for Colonial Williamsburg as a basketmaker in Historic Trades from 1976 to 1983 after completing her undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary. She later worked for the Daily Press prior to moving to Maine to live and work for the newspaper, the Castine Patriot.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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