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September 25, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg Brings American History to Life for Cincinnati Teachers, Museum Center Visitors

Colonial Williamsburg is bringing early American history to life in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Teacher Institute staff members conduct a one-day teacher training pilot program for 75 Cincinnati elementary and middle school teachers Friday, Sept. 26 and a pair of special programs at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Using interdisciplinary techniques developed during the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute summer training sessions, Colonial Williamsburg staff members will immerse the Cincinnati teachers in living history methods that will help to create dynamic learning experiences in the classroom. Peer teachers – graduates of the Teacher Institute – will serve as mentors as the participants debate the issues surrounding the American Revolution, construct biographies from primary historical documents and artifacts, and try on reproduction 18th-century clothing. The workshop, conducted at the Cincinnati Public Schools’ Mayerson Academy training facility, will help teachers implement the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Social Studies.

The pilot program will build on Colonial Williamsburg’s onsite, weeklong Teacher Institute in Williamsburg that strives to inspire teachers throughout the country and serves about 300 teachers on-site yearly. The Cincinnati initiative, supported by a generous Proctor & Gamble grant from The P&G Fund of Cincinnati, will allow Colonial Williamsburg to create an off-site workshop model that could potentially carry the Teacher Institute methodologies to thousands of teachers around the country annually.

Costumed Colonial Williamsburg historians and “People of the Past” present “Multiple Cultures, Multiple Expressions: 18th-Century Dance, Music and Song” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The hour-long, audience participation program reflecting African and European traditions demonstrates how colonial gentry, slaves and the militia used music and dance for entertainment and work.

“Soldier of Liberty” brings to life the everyday experience of a soldier on the eve of the American Revolution at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Cincinnati Museum Center audience is invited to participate in period military drills and the daily activities of a typical patriot soldier.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg recently was recognized as the “Best Historic Site” by readers of Southern Living magazine for the seventh straight year. Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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Jim Bradley
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