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July 8, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Productions Receives Two Emmy Awards

Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip “The Bill of Rights” received an Emmy award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category of informational/instructional programs. The EFT was one of five programs nominated in the category. Producer/director Linda Randulfe and co-producer Steven Koernig received their statuettes at the ceremony June 25 at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Scriptwriter Carson Hudson also received an Emmy.

“The Rights of Youth,” produced and directed by Randulfe, was also honored with an Emmy in the informational/instructional – feature segment category, making a total of nine Emmys awarded to Colonial Williamsburg productions since 2006.

“Our children should know these American history stories – stories of citizens and civic responsibility in the United States,” said Bill White, Colonial Williamsburg’s Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures. “We are very proud to receive these Emmy awards that recognize Colonial Williamsburg’s civic education mission.”

“The Bill of Rights” explores an alternative reality in which the rights of citizens are not protected by the federal government. The program follows fictional student Ashley Harding as she is suddenly immersed in a modern world where the 18th-century constitutional amendments known as the Bill of Rights were never ratified.

“The Rights of Youth” examines how justice was administered to children in the 18th century, when laws made few exceptions for misconduct by minors. The program features several stories taken from 18th-century records, including the story of 13-year-old Ann King who is punished for theft, forced to leave the only home she knows in England and transported across the Atlantic to the American colonies to pay her debt to society as an indentured servant.

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 the colonial period to the present day.

Each electronic field trip is supported with lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for their students. All materials have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and meet state standards for history, technology, art and literacy. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards related to the program’s subject.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions, share a project via live video Web chats, email or call 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.

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

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Barbara Brown
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