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April 25, 2011

Join Discussion on Citizenship with Jim Lehrer, Sandra Day O’Connor and Gordon Wood Via Live Online Video and Twitter Chat

Colonial Williamsburg’s panel on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship will broadcast live on Ustream TV at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Titled “The Responsibilities of Citizenship,” the discussion among Colonial Williamsburg’s Churchill Bell honorees – journalist Jim Lehrer, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and historian Gordon Wood – will be moderated by Andrea Mitchell, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent and member of Colonial Williamsburg’s Board of Trustees.

The Churchill Bell Award, the Foundation’s highest, is given to those who exemplify what it means to be active and engaged citizens, building upon the principles of liberty, courage, dignity and devotion to the common good preserved and interpreted by Colonial Williamsburg and through the Foundation’s educational initiatives.

Due to limited onsite seating, the session will be broadcast online, and Mitchell will take questions posted by Colonial Williamsburg followers on Twitter, along with questions from the audience. To participate in the dialogue on citizenship with the distinguished panelists, visit between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. To view the live discussion on webcast, visit at 2:30 p.m.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation champions the importance of citizenship and participation in democracy. These are the principles that distinguished Williamsburg during the 18th century and continue to be fundamental to sustaining the United States today. It is this commitment to engagement that ties Colonial Williamsburg with these three honorees, each a former trustee of the Foundation.

The Churchill Bell, in the shape of a town crier’s bell, is handcrafted by Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades. The prestigious award is inspired by the Williamsburg Award, presented to former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill on Dec. 7, 1955, in London’s historic Drapers’ Hall by then-Colonial Williamsburg Chairman Winthrop Rockefeller, to honor Mr. Churchill’s leadership and commitment in the cause of liberty and freedom. The Colonial Williamsburg Churchill Bell has been presented seven times since then.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is an interactive not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation, and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg, Va. The Foundation’s mission “that the future may learn from the past” extends from within the Historic Area to the first-class Colonial Williamsburg Hotels experience to lecture series in and out of Williamsburg. With the award-winning Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates its undertaking to expand its thought-provoking programming as well as its dedication to cultural and historical authenticity. Guests are invited to be part of the story as they enjoy educational and entertaining programming in the Historic Area and at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums; the WILLIAMSBURG brand and shopping experience, offering a variety of home products inspired by the destination; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg; the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club; fine dining; and the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280