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November 3, 2006

CW Web site wins Gold Award in four categories

Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site has won the International Academy of the Visual Arts Gold award in four categories – in the Education category, “Mapping Colonial America” and “Kids Zone” were recognized, and in the Charitable and Non-profit category, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and “Tour the Town” each received recognition.

Kids Zone,, introduces young children to history and teaches them about life in colonial America by providing colorful characters, interactive games and activities designed to engage them in history.

Mapping Colonial America,, is an online exhibition of maps in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection and includes maps dated from 1587 to 1782. The exhibition examines maps relating to colonial discovery, exploration, boundary disputes, navigation and trade, the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War and features a zooming tool allowing a close look at map details, a glossary of terms, and a timeline of major events in history that occurred near the date a particular map was drawn. The online exhibition is a companion to the book “Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America” by Margaret Beck Pritchard and Henry G. Taliaferro.

Tour the Town, Town/ (Adobe Flash version), is an interactive map of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area that allows the user to “visit” the town by selecting a specific area of interest, such as trades, hotels, museums, shopping, dining or activities of interest to children. Users click and drag over the map and select a location to see an image or description and, for some locations, there are links to learn additional information in other areas of the Web site.

The home page to the Foundation’s mission-driven Web site,, offers multiple navigation choices and showcases the depth and diversity of the site through the use of photographs, rotating promotional images for featured sections and a hotel room booking option. An event calendar, expanded, up-to-date “What’s New” section, and drop-down menus provide direct access to a user’s area of interest. Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site offers podcasts, RSS feeds, a webcam, audio and video clips, online museum exhibits, live streaming of Electronic Field Trips, interactive games for children, links to the journal of Colonial Williamsburg, and special Internet hotel and ticket packages.

The W3 Awards honor creative excellence on the Web and recognize the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning sites and are open to any size firm or agency throughout the world. The International Academy of the Visual Arts is an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from media, interactive, advertising and marketing firms. Entries are scored on a 10-point scale by judges. Less than 10 percent of entries are selected as Gold Winners. “Best in Show” selections represent the highest mark of distinction and also are selected based on scoring. Only the top one percent of entries receives Best in Show honors; some categories will have multiple recipients of an award or no recipient at all.

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 Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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