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OCTOBER 3, 2011


"America's Founding Fathers"

The 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention were a distinguished body of men who represented a cross section of 18th-century American leadership. Almost all of them were well-educated men of means who were dominant in their communities and states, and many were also prominent in national affairs. Virtually every one had taken part in the Revolution; at least 29 had served in the Continental forces, most of them in positions of command. Find out more in this article from the National Archives.

Primary Source of the Month

Signing of the Constitution
Signing of the Constitution
by Howard Chandler Christy
Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol

Howard Chandler Christy's Signing of the Constitution depicts 39 of the 55 delegates present at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The painting was commissioned in 1939, and the 20 x 30 ft oil-on-canvas hangs in the United States Capitol.

A More Perfect Union EFT
The Next Electronic Field Trip
is A More Perfect Union
October 13, 2011

Find sources of federal funding for EFTs in this PDF.

Downloadable American History
Lesson Plans from ABC-CLIO
and Colonial Williamsburg

Teaching News

Stamps in the Classroom

Stamps are not just for sending letters: they can also be an engaging teaching tool! United States stamps have commemorated historical events, fascinating people, and diverse locations. The Smithsonians's National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists and the American Philatelic Society are sponsoring a pilot program for teachers interested in integrating stamps into their classrooms. Participating teachers will receive free stamps, hands-on activities, and lesson plans. Click here for more information.

Colonial Williamsburg CONNECT

Live Webcasts
Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Eastern:
Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry discuss freedom of religion and the role religion should play in government.

Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Eastern: Alexander Purdie, 18th-century printer, and Henry Chambers, University of Richmond law professor, discuss the role that protest plays in the republic.

The Idea of America
The Idea of America
A digital American history program that inspires and prepares high school students for active citizenship, developed by Colonial Williamsburg and distributed by Pearson Education.


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Colonial Williamsburg for Teachers


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2011–2012 Electronic Field Trip Scholarships


Teaching Strategy: Who Were the Founders?

In 1787, 55 men planned out and wrote the Constitution, the document that governs the United States today. But who where these men who framed our nation? In this lesson, students read biographies of the attendees of the Constitutional Convention and interview each other for the job of writing the Constitution. Then they discuss the qualifications and demographics of the men commonly called the founders.

Colonial Williamsburg Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

2011–2012 Teaching Resources Catalog

Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality instructional materials about 18th-century life, including:

  • A More Perfect Union EFT on DVD
  • Primary Sources CD-ROMs

Kids Zone: History, Games & Fun
Try our Constitution and Signers word searches!

2010 Distance Learning Award
21st Century Award
for Best Practices in Distance Learning, preK–12
United States Distance Learning Association, 2010

2011 AEP Finalist
Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist 2011
Association of Educational Publishers

Quotation of the Month

"It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people."

—Richard Henry Lee, in a letter to Colonel Martin Pickett, March 5, 1786.

The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series is supported in part
by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

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