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April 7, 2009

Young recruit to Virginia Regiment becomes a "Soldier of Liberty" in American Revolution

Colonial Williamsburg’s 2008 – 2009 series of Electronic Field Trips concludes April 23 with “Soldier of Liberty,” the story of a young recruit to the 2nd Virginia Regiment during the American Revolution.

In 1775, Lord Dunmore offered freedom to slaves who would leave their patriot owners and fight for the British. A series of taxes on the colonies created unrest resulting in the patriots’ determination to break the bonds of British tyranny and form a new nation. In Virginia, young Nathaniel Hutcheson joins the 2nd Virginia Regiment and soon learns that the fight for liberty means fighting against people who were his friends. He experiences boredom, disease, noise, confusion, loss and the horror of war.

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s division of productions, publications and learning ventures, Electronic Field Trips are broadcast one Thursday each month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating PBS stations and cable channels across the country.

Targeted to grades 4 – 8, the distance learning programs span a broad range of historical subjects about people, issues and events from colonial times to the present day.

Each Electronic Field Trip is supported with lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for their students. All materials have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and meet state standards for history, technology, art and literacy. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards related to the program’s subject.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions or phone in questions to costumed interpreters and historians during the live televised broadcast. Registered users also may view Electronic Field Trips and use teacher and student resources via the Internet on demand any time during the school year.

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, Colonial Williamsburg uses the Internet and live interactive television broadcasts to bring American history to life for more than one million students and four million other viewers each year. For more information and pricing, or to subscribe to the Electronic Field Trip series, visit www.history.org/trips, call 1-800-761-8331 or e-mail eftsupport@cwf.org.

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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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