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January 31, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Endowment Fund to Honor Jerre Lea Casselman Garcia

Louis Garcia of Sun City West, Ariz., has given $100,000 to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to set up an endowment for Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute. The Jerre Lea Casselman Garcia Endowment Fund for the Teacher Institute, in honor of Mr. Garcia’s late wife, will be used for general support of the foundation’s program, which makes it possible for teachers from around the country to study how to incorporate history education into their school curricula.

“We are touched by Mr. Garcia’s choice of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to perpetuate his wife’s love for education,” said Carl Beard, Colonial Williamsburg’s executive director of development. “Through the generosity of people like Lou Garcia, Colonial Williamsburg is able to bring educational materials to students throughout the United States.”

Mrs. Garcia worked for the FBI for 11 years in Kansas City, and for the FAA for 20 years in Chicago. She died in December 1999. Prior to retirement, Mr. Garcia worked for the Tractor Supply Company for 30 years in various managerial positions in Kansas City, Chicago and Nashville. The Garcias also owned and operated a True Value Hardware Store.

“Jerre was always very interested in history and could trace her Scottish-English roots back to the mid-1700s,” said Mr. Garcia. “She would be proud to be associated with ensuring that American school children have the opportunity to learn about the important heritage of our nation through Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute programs.”

Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is a not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. For information about gift opportunities, contact Carl Beard, executive director of development, toll-free at (888) 293-1776 or via e-mail at

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