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June 1, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg Provides Meeting Space Rich with History and Purpose

Meetings have been integral to our American heritage since patriots Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry and other ousted members of the House of Burgesses debated independence from Britain in the Raleigh Tavern on Williamsburg’s Duke of Gloucester Street. Important meetings have been taking place in Williamsburg ever since.

Today, meetings allow colleagues to gather to exchange ideas, introduce new products, recognize achievements, set goals and roll up their sleeves to solve problems away from the daily distractions of the office in an environment that energizes the spirit and rejuvenates the soul. And now, with the introduction of a new scholarship incentive program from Colonial Williamsburg, corporations, associations, businesses and groups of all sizes can stand for something besides profit when they hold their meeting in a place where ordinary people stood for something and created a new nation 235 years ago.

Companies that hold a meeting in any of Colonial Williamsburg’s 67,000 square feet of function space will be given an Electronic Field Trip Series scholarship for a school in the district in which the company is located or has an interest in helping. The scholarship is available to any organization that holds a meeting with a minimum of 50 room nights and is given to the school by Colonial Williamsburg in the name of the organization. In a time when virtually every school district in America is struggling with finding creative ways to motivate and engage students in spite of declining budgets, the scholarships allow companies to give to schools in their own communities in a truly meaningful way.

The new scholarship program expands the reach of Colonial Williamsburg’s education outreach, teaching students that the people who founded our country followed a dream for liberty that resulted in a new nation – people very much like the students themselves, from diverse religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds, people who stood for freedom and were willing to stand up for it.

Colonial Williamsburg’s seven electronic field trips are broadcast one Thursday of every month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating public television and cable channels across the country. Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s division of productions, publications and learning ventures, the distance learning programs explore a range of historical subjects and time periods, from the colonial period to the modern day.

In addition, all proceeds from meetings that take place in a Colonial Williamsburg property – including food and beverage, recreation, lodging and programming – support Colonial Williamsburg’s preservation, conservation, research and education initiatives in support of its mission “that the future may learn from the past.”

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the restored Williamsburg Lodge. The WILLIAMSBURG brand provides a shopping experience that offers a variety of home products inspired by the destination.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs in support of its mission “that the future may learn from the past.”

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280