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June 24, 2005

New Jersey couple commits $225,000 to CW to support history education

Lawrence and Theresa Salameno of Allendale, N. J., have pledged $225,000 to support educational outreach initiatives of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Like Colonial Williamsburg, the Salamenos are committed to helping young people understand their country’s history so that they will become responsible citizens and leaders. The Salamenos’ gift will underwrite two Teaching American History Conferences at which nearly 200 New Jersey educators will learn to teach history more effectively. The educators also will receive a year’s subscription to Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips, interactive broadcasts that integrate history and technology education into a dynamic learning experience for students. The gift from the Salamenos also will support the development of a new high school civics curriculum based on lessons drawn from American history. “It is important,” Lawrence Salameno said, “that students understand the fervor of the early republic and how much was sacrificed to achieve it.”

Theresa Salameno is working with Colonial Williamsburg educators to identify the teachers who will attend the conferences and use Electronic Field Trips to introduce their students to the patriots of pre-Revolutionary America and the momentous events that they set in motion. “The values that the patriots held still define who we are as a nation and where we are going,” she said. “Young people need to understand that they have a stake in the preservation of those ideals.”

Lawrence Salameno first visited Williamsburg and Jamestown as a child with his family in 1957 during the 350th celebration of Jamestown’s founding. The Salamenos brought their two young children to Williamsburg about 10 years ago. Today, their daughter, Francesca, is an elementary education major looking forward to attending the 2005 Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute.

The Salamenos’ belief in the importance of education guides much of their civic involvement and philanthropy. As Keeper of the Key members of the Raleigh Tavern Society – a Colonial Williamsburg donor organization -- the Salamenos make annual unrestricted gifts of $10,000 to Colonial Williamsburg. Lawrence currently chairs the board of trustees of Saddle River Day School in Saddle River, N.J., and is a trustee of Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. Theresa is a member of the executive board of the Parents Guild at Saddle River Day School, which their son attends, and is involved with St. Gregory’s School in Dorchester, Mass. St. Gregory’s serves a diverse community of students who speak 27 different languages. The Salamenos have provided sponsorships for two St. Gregory teachers to attend the 2005 Teacher Institute as well as two teachers from the Saddle River Day School.

For information about gift opportunities, contact Sarah Houghland, director of development services, toll-free at (888) 293-1776, via e-mail at or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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