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February 19, 2003

Debbie Salisbury Promoted to Director of Merchandising in Colonial Williamsburg's Products Division

Debbie Salisbury has been promoted to director of merchandising in Colonial Williamsburg’s products division. Her responsibilities include developing proprietary products, and purchasing new and existing merchandise for retail outlets and direct marketing. In addition, she will oversee merchandise buyers and inventory buying staff.

A Roanoke, Va., native, Salisbury has spent 12 years in Colonial Williamsburg’s products division, holding the positions of merchandise manager of the WILLIAMSBURG® Catalog, marketing representative for the WILLIAMSBURG Shops and retail operations manager of Colonial Williamsburg’s retail stores.

Her experience in retail and direct marketing includes the position of senior buyer for the Charles Keath Catalog in Boca Raton, Fla., where she developed a proprietary gift and home furnishings products program, and experience at the Museum Collection, a store in Mount Pleasant, S.C., which featured licensed museum products from historic sites along the northeast seaboard.

“Debbie brings more than 26 years of retail and direct marketing experience to her new position,” said James L. Easton, vice president of the Colonial Williamsburg products division. “I am thrilled to see her take on new responsibilities within the foundation.”

“I’m very excited to be part of the new retail initiatives for 2003,” Salisbury said, “particularly given the collaborative spirit that Jim Easton has created within the products division.”

The WILLIAMSBURG Products Program was established in 1936 to provide Colonial Williamsburg’s visitors with authentic reproductions that reflect the rich decorative arts traditions of the 18th century and celebrate the origin of American style. Today the program offers home furnishings, gifts and decorative accessories through retail stores nationwide and the WILLIAMS-BURG Catalog and e-commerce site. For more information, call toll-free (800) 446-9240.

Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. For more information, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at www.colonialwilliamsburg.org.

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