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September 7, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg’s Homeschooler Experience Returns for Fifth Season

During Colonial Williamsburg’s fifth Homeschooler Experience program, Sept. 10-25, participants will learn about the early days of America through the array of programs offered throughout the Historic Area and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as specially scheduled hands-on activities.

Homeschoolers and other guests to the Historic Area will be available to play the new alternate reality game RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros. Players in the Historic Area use clues to help save the Revolution. The game challenges players to explore secret hiding places, meet mysterious characters, unlock clues and decipher codes to solve a mystery. Families attempt to complete spy missions in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. The goal is to avert a crisis that could change the entire course of the American Revolution. Guests can play RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros Sept. 10-25, Tuesday through Saturday.

History comes alive during the daily Revolutionary City: A Revolutionary Adventure, a dramatic street theater program where families witness the trials and triumphs of Colonial Virginians as they march down the road to independence. Each day highlights a key moment in history.

At Great Hopes Plantation, students learn about the lives and work of landowners and their enslaved laborers through hands-on lessons about crops with breeds of pigs and chickens that would actually have been found on an 18th-century farm.

A variety of interactive activities will take place in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Students can tour the various galleries, create their own works of art and take part in activities such as Mission: Mythology, an adventure through the galleries to find ancient myths and legends among the artifacts. Explore the Declaration of Independence on this guided tour, where students can learn more about the Declaration through objects on exhibit and make their own souvenir to take home. During the My Heart Holds True to the Red, White, and Blue guided tour, participants search for patriotic artwork including flags, bald eagles, George Washington, and Lady Liberty, and afterword create a patriotic keepsake to take home.

Special Ticket Offer Just for Homeschoolers

Tickets for supplementary programs such as Swapping Tales, Bits and Bridles, When the Sun Goes Down, Life as a Soldier and Mother Goose are all $5 each. Program details and availability are subject to change.

This ticket includes admission to Historic Area exhibition sites, including the Capitol, Governor’s Palace, trade shops, homes and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

To purchase a homeschooler ticket, call 1-800-280-8039 or visit us at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/homeschoolers to print off the order form to mail or fax back.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. 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:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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