March 13, 2006
CW educational supplement spotlights women during the American Revolution
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – To honor Women’s History Month, Colonial Williamsburg, in conjunction with The Philadelphia Inquirer, has released an educational supplement titled “Women During the American Revolution.”
The supplement, written by Colonial Williamsburg editor-writer Gina DeAngelis, gives a voice to 18th-century American women, and examines women’s roles in the American Revolution as camp followers and even as soldiers. It also features women who took responsibility for their homes and businesses while their male relatives were at war, emphasizing the tasks these women shouldered.
“We selected solid topics that would be of interest to students, and that teachers would find useful in the classroom while also meeting their instructional needs,” said Jodi Norman, Colonial Williamsburg’s project coordinator and educational media editor.
This is the second supplement that the partnership has released; the first, issued in December 2005, explored the essential role of African Americans during the American Revolution. “Our goal is always to get good historical content into teachers’ hands; content that is engaging and gets both students and teachers excited about history,” Norman said. “Based on the exceptional response to the first supplement, we are hoping the response to the second one will be equally as positive. This was a fabulous opportunity.”
Edward Allmann, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of Marketing, noted that the two projects, which became available through marketing discussions with the newspaper, have been good collaborative efforts. “The Philadelphia Inquirer was a very good partner and allowed us to have significant input into content design for the pieces, using the resources of Colonial Williamsburg in a valuable educational outreach to students.”
The first supplement saw an increase in the usual print run from 40,000 to 60,000. Norman expects a similar response to the second supplement, with production increased from 40,000 to nearly 55,000.