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October 18, 2002

2002-2003 Electronic Field Trip season begins

A new season of Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips debuted Thursday, Oct. 3 with “In the General’s Secret Service.” The first of seven monthly interactive presentations for the 2002-2003 school year explored the secret world of Revolutionary War espionage.

To win a war, the military must keep its secrets. In every war, spies risk their lives to uncover the secrets of their enemies. “In the General’s Secret Service” exposed the 18th-century clandestine world of British and American spies and the secret side of the American Revolution for students in classrooms across the country.

The series continues Nov. 7 when students join young history sleuths and enlist the help of Colonial Williamsburg curators, historians and archaeologists to learn how artifacts from the William Waters House hold the key to solving the mystery of the people who lived there in “The Case of the Shuttered Room.”

For “The April Conspiracy” Dec. 5, students march with British troops in April 1775 as they seize colonial weapons and powder in Massachusetts and Virginia. This is a firsthand look at the confrontations at Lexington, Concord and Williamsburg that launched the Revolution.
Freedom of the press is a principle that Americans take for granted. However, printers and publishers before the American Revolution were not free to express independent points of view. The Jan. 16, 2003, field trip, “...Influenced by None” explores the world of Clementina Rind, pre–Revolutionary War printer of the Virginia Gazette. Our Black History Month program is “Chained to the Land.” On Feb. 6, 2003, students will see how plantation masters exploited the slave labor of African Americans to create a successful agricultural economy. Through the voices of slave and master, this program explores the economic, social and racial development of plantation life.

Students join Thomas Jefferson on March 6, 2003, as he examines the flora, fauna and Indian artifacts collected by Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery and reflects on the significance of their mission as part of Jefferson’s plan to secure the American West and the future of the United States of America during “Jefferson’s West.”

The academic year series concludes April 3, 2003, with “Crossroads.” The program explores travel in early America. On horseback, in a carriage and on foot, students traverse the lanes of time in a unique transportation experience.

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, Colonial Williamsburg uses interactive broadcast television technology and the Internet to bring early America to life for more than one million students throughout the United States each year.

Each production is supported with lesson plans, historical background, glossaries and timelines that help teachers make the best use of the programs. On the web site—available throughout the year—students and teachers find additional interactive experiences, primary sources, Internet links and resources to extend the learning experience. During the live television broadcast, students contact Colonial Williamsburg by telephone, email and Internet bulletin board with comments and questions for the team of historians, interpreters and volunteers. Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips are funded in part through gifts from the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund, the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Colonial Williamsburg and the AT&T Foundation.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281