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July 24, 2007

CW's Electronic Field Trips recognized

Williamsburg continues to receive acclaim for its interactive Electronic Field Trip series. “Yorktown” and “In Pursuit of Science” received Emmy nominations from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “Yorktown” and “Remember the Ladies” received Bronze Telly awards. “Yorktown” also received a Gold Remi Award from the Houston International Film Fest and a Gold Aurora Award. “Remember the Ladies” received an Honorable Mention from the MUSE Awards. The entire series received an approved rating from the Parents Choice Foundation.

The three individually recognized programs premiered in 2006. “In Pursuit of Science” and “Remember the Ladies” in the spring, and “Yorktown,” premiered October 19, 2006, the exact date of the 225th anniversary of British General Cornwallis’ surrender to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va. “Remember the Ladies,” examines the roles and responsibilities of women in the founding of America; “In Pursuit of Science” follows a young colonial boy in his exploration of science and the world around him and reveals the important scientific exploration that took place in the early years of America; “Yorktown” explores the battle that became the most significant turning point in the Revolutionary War.

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. Eastern time 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 Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. The Houston International Film fest is one of the oldest and largest film and video competitions in the world with 4,500 category entries from 37 countries received in 2006. The Telly Awards recognize the best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.

The 28th annual Telly Awards received more than 14,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The Parents Choice Award committee is comprised of parents, teachers, performing artists, librarians and students who search out and recommend products. The MUSE Award is presented by the Media and Technology Standing Committee of the American Association of Museums and recognizes excellence in all varieties of media programs produced by or for museums. The Emmy Award is considered the benchmark for recognition of television excellence by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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 as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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 www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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