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February 1, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series Presents “Freedom Bound” for Black History Month

Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series commemorates Black History Month Feb. 10 with the Emmy-award-winning “Freedom Bound.” Tales of choice, hope and escape from slavery span three centuries. What were the options for slaves willing to risk their lives for freedom? Where could they run? Whom could they trust?

Students learn how the answers to those questions changed as times changed – from a 17th-century enslaved woman petitioning the court for her freedom to a 19th-century enslaved man repeatedly risking his life to help others reach freedom in the North.

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 public television 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 multi-disciplinary lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for their students. These award-winning Web-based resources have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and meet national standards for civics education and 21st-century skills as well as state standards for social studies, technology, arts education and language arts. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards related to the program’s subject.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions, e-mail 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. Participating schools also have continuing access to technical support and teacher tutorials.

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. Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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