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CW Kids Ask

Join us online each month for “CW Kids Ask,” where students will explore 18th-century life and learn about the people, events, and ideas that helped shape America. Each livestream program incorporates relevant primary sources, short on-demand videos, and live question-and-answer segments.

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September 29th at 1:00 p.m. ET

What are American Indian people’s lives like?

American Indian people are some of the most diverse members of the population today. In this livestream, we will have an opportunity to meet and learn from some of Colonial Williamsburg's American Indian interpreters as they tell us about their culture and daily life in in both the past and present.

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Upcoming CW Kids Ask Schedule

September 29th at 1:00 p.m. ET: What are American Indian people’s lives like?
American Indian people are some of the most diverse members of the population today. In this livestream, we will have an opportunity to meet and learn from some of Colonial Williamsburg's American Indian interpreters as they tell us about their culture and daily life in in both the past and present.


October 27th at 1:00 p.m. ET: How did the colonial economy work?
Have you ever wondered what things cost in Colonial America? In this livestream, we explore the structure and function of the colonial economy in Virginia, taking a closer look at tobacco, credit, slavery, fashion, fabric, money, and so much more!


November 10th at 1:00 p.m. ET: How did different kids fit into colonial America?
Which kids would be members of the elite gentry or working tradespeople? How did people climb the ladder to the next rung of colonial society? This livestream will take a deeper look at how children fit into the class structure of colonial Virginia.


December 8th at 1:00 p.m. ET: Did everyone agree about declaring independence?
Throughout history people have never agreed fully on everything, and the question of declaring independence was no different. In this livestream, we will explore some different views the diverse people of the colonial era had about declaring independence.


January 19th at 1:00 p.m. ET: How did colonial government work?
What did people like George Washington do when they were serving in the Virginia government?  Did we have rights when we were British subjects?  Were the people represented in the colonial government? Learning about government does not have to be boring! Join us for a look into the system that gave birth to the creation of the rights we enjoy today.


February 9th at 1:00 p.m. ET:
How did enslaved people resist enslavement?
People who were enslaved never accepted their enslavement. Every day they found ways to resist by using their ingenuity, creativity, skill, and community. In this livestream, we will explore how enslaved people resisted enslavement in both expected and unexpected ways.


March 16th at 1:00 p.m. ET: How do we learn about women in colonial America?
How do historians know what they know? In this livestream, we dive into the world of primary sources, using things from the 18th century to tell us about women who lived back then. Since almost anything from the Colonial Era can be a primary source, we are able to learn about both famous and not-so-famous women throughout society.


April 13th at 1:00 p.m. ET:
How do tradespeople at Colonial Williamsburg use science and math?
Hammers and anvils and fire! The Historic Trades are steeped in STEM. Join us to learn how these creators of colonial commodities use science, technology, engineering, and math to make many different items just like they did in the 18th century.


May 11th at 1:00 p.m. ET: How does archaeology teach us about history?
There is a whole other world of history in the ground beneath our feet! This month, our archeologists here at Colonial Williamsburg will show us exactly what it means to literally dig deeper into history!