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March 7, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Dedicates Electronic Field Trip about Courageous Revolutionary Women to Memory of Christina-Taylor Green of Tucson, Az.

Colonial Williamsburg is dedicating the March 10 premiere of “Women of the Revolution” to the memory of Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old student who lost her life fulfilling her dream of meeting her Congressional Representative in Tucson Jan. 8, 2011.

“A colleague involved in many of our electronic field trips suggested we honor the memory of this young citizen,” said Dr. Bill White, the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures for Colonial Williamsburg. “Our mission is to teach the next generation to participate in their government. Christina was doing just that. She had been elected to her elementary school student council and was accompanying a neighbor to a community event to meet her representative to the U.S. Congress.”

“Women of the Revolution” explores the extraordinary accomplishments of women in the American Revolution, from an escaped slave to a disguised female soldier, in the March 10 premiere of the award-winning series. The episodic program follows six exceptional women who lived during the revolutionary period. Each heroine is labeled with a descriptive virtue or quality, from the compassion of well-known Martha Washington to the bravery of little-known local legend Emily Geiger. One episode in the program follows Mary Perth, an enslaved woman from Norfolk, Va., who flees patriot-held Virginia with Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor, in 1775. She survived smallpox during the war, settled as a free woman in Canada, and lived out her life in Africa where she enjoyed suffrage in her lifetime.

“Our student hosts will open the program with an on-air dedication to Christina’s spirit and example of citizenship,” said Frances Burroughs, director of operations, educational programs. “Colonial Williamsburg is also donating the electronic field trip series for the remainder of this year and all of next year to the 13 schools in the Amphitheater Public Schools in Arizona, where Christina attended school.”

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 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.

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.

For more information about 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.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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