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August 25, 2006

Electronic Field Trip "Yorktown" premieres October 19

Colonial Williamsburg opens its 2006 – 2007 season of Electronic Field Trips October 19 with a premiere of “Yorktown,” the story of the most significant turning point in the Revolutionary War. The date is the 225th anniversary of British General Cornwallis’ surrender to General George Washington, October 19, 1781.

“Yorktown” was produced in cooperation with the National Park Service, with some scenes filmed at Colonial National Historical Park on the actual battlefield. The program follows the military leaders, civilians and soldiers who converged on the village of York overlooking Virginia’s York River in 1781 in a siege that changed their lives forever and ultimately secured American independence.

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s Division of Productions, Publications and Learning Ventures, Electronic Field Trips are broadcast one Thursday each month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST on participating PBS stations and cable channels. The programs consist of a one-hour live broadcast which includes a story on subjects from the colonial period through the early life of the United States. Students in participating schools may call the program from their classrooms during the broadcast to ask questions of historians on the air. The productions are supported with comprehensive lesson plans, glossaries, timelines, Internet activities and online connectivity to Colonial Williamsburg historians.

The 2006 – 2007 series includes “Degrees of Latitude,” a look at the craftsmanship and importance of 18th-century mapmaking and the geography of a rapidly changing world, November 16, 2006. “Buying Respectability” will broadcast December 14, 2006, and explores the changing economy, status symbols, taxation and the impact of British mercantilism. January 18, 2007, “Influenced by None” examines one of the principles contemporary Americans take for granted – freedom of the press – and introduces Clementina Rind, a woman newspaper publisher who lived in Williamsburg in the 18th century.

“The Slave Trade” premieres February 15, 2007, and examines a law passed in 1807 which abolished transatlantic slave trade and changed the lives of slaves, plantation owners, naval officers, government officials and abolitionists. March 22, “Made In America,” examines how technology has revolutionized the nature of work over three centuries.

The series concludes April 26, 2007, in time for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Jamestown with the premiere of “Jamestown Unearthed,” which looks at how history is written and re-evaluated as new methods of study are introduced and archaeological discoveries offer new clues to interpreting history.

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation uses the Internet and interactive television technology to bring the 18th century to life for more than one million students throughout the United States each year. For more information or to register for the Electronic Field Trip Series visit or contact the Electronic Field Trip registrar at 1 800 761-8331 or by e-mail at

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit or

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Barbara Brown
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