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June 5, 2009

CW releases archived films on DVD

Colonial Williamsburg has released 11 new DVDs of 27 titles of films and videos produced by Colonial Williamsburg since the late 1920s. The series is divided into three major content categories: early stories of Colonial Williamsburg’s restoration, colonial life though a lens and the trades of Colonial Williamsburg.

Each DVD includes a main title and at least one extra feature relating to the main title – some of the material has never been seen before or has been long retired. Some were previously available on VHS.

“We’re thrilled that our customers now have access to these perennial best-sellers on DVD,” said Jim Easton, vice president of Colonial Williamsburg’s products division.

“Colonial Williamsburg has a rich collection of films and videos that date back to the 1930s. Some of these have never been seen by the public and others haven’t been seen in more than 40 years,” said Bill Wagner, executive producer of the series. “We wanted to make our old popular films available on DVD and include some of the pearls from the deep archive. Our intent with the Archive Series is to show who we were in the early years of the Foundation and follow the evolution to who we are today. The scope of the series meets that objective.”

Numbered from 1 through 11, the DVDs in the series are “Williamsburg Restored” (1951); “Music of Williamsburg” (1960); “The Colonial Naturalist – Mark Catesby” (1965); “Gunsmith of Williamsburg” (1969); “Hammerman in Williamsburg” (1973); “Silversmith of Williamsburg” (1971); “Search for a Century” (1980); “A Glorious System of Things” (1983); “Forged in Wood” (1987); “The Rockefeller Family in Williamsburg” (1992); and “The Cabinetmaker Crafting a Card Table” (1999).

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

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