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September 24, 2001

Next EFT series announced

Colonial Williamsburg will present seven Electronic Field Trips for the 2001-2002 school year on topics that include the founding fathers, culture clash, historic trades, slavery, farming and political protest.

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, Colonial Williamsburg uses broadcast television, the internet and 21st century communications technology to bring the story of America to more than one million students across the United States.

Colonial Williamsburg supports each production with lesson plans, historical essays, glossaries, timelines, primary sources and materials that help teachers make American history exciting for their students.

The Electronic Field Trip schedule for the 2001-2002 school year begins with the Father of Our Country:

Washington: Man and Myth–Oct. 4, 2001. Students speak with the founding father of this country as George Washington remembers his early years as a young soldier and politician in the British colony of Virginia.

Hostages of Two Worlds–Nov. 1, 2001. Caught in the "no man’s land" between two cultures, Native American children were brought to Williamsburg and taught to become "civilized Englishmen" at the Brafferton School. Torn between the worlds of their ancestors and the European colonists, the Brafferton students exemplify the clash of cultures that has continued throughout American history.

Building History–Dec. 6, 2001. Students get in on the ground floor with tradesmen and architectural historians as they restore and rebuild the houses and structures of Colonial Williamsburg while rediscovering the secrets of the 18th-century builders.

Mr. Alderson’s Farm–Jan. 17, 2002. Students explore the rural traditions, self-reliance, economy and seasonal rhythms of farming life in the 18th and 19th centuries, a time when most Americans were farmers.

Trail of Whispers–Feb. 14, 2002. Where did a runaway slave hide in the 18th century when slavery was legal in all 13 colonies? Students discover how African Americans survived slavery through close networks of "whispered" news–information that built relationships and kept communities close.

Made in America–March 14, 2002. From the 18th to the 21st century, advances in technology changed the nature of work. Students examine technology’s effect on labor, family, and how people perceive their jobs.

Taxes, Tea and Tyranny–April 18, 2002. Americans protested British taxation beginning with the Stamp Act in 1765, but as students discover it was the Boston Tea Party of 1773 that became the final spark that united the colonies against Great Britain.
Each electronic field trip has a dedicated Internet web site, supported in part by an AT&T Foundation grant, where students find interactive experiences that support the television broadcast and related classroom lessons. The web sites are available throughout the year. Students interact directly with Colonial Williamsburg, telephoning with comments and questions during each program. Teams of historians answer telephones and e-mailed questions, and dedicated Internet bulletin board postings that are available throughout the year to encourage student interaction with Colonial Williamsburg.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7280



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