Annual Report 2005
History Goes High Tech
Podcasts—audio interviews downloadable from Colonial Williamsburg's websites—are the Foundation's newest outreach tool. Former NBC newsman Lloyd Dobyns (left) interviews colonial gardener and arborist Wesley Greene (right) while producer Robyn Eoff, director of internet, oversees the recording.
Through vivid photography and lively text, Link to the Past, Bridge to the Future: Colonial Williamsburg's Animals offers a delightful account of the Foundation's Rare Breeds program. It tells the story of each rare breed, emphasizing its importance in 18th-century Williamsburg.
Through podcasts, Electronic Field Trips, books, DVDs, CDs, and television broadcasts, the Productions, Publications, and Learning Ventures Division took Colonial Williamsburg to a global audience in 2005. Moreover, it wrote, and California approved, a next-generation history-social studies curriculum and textbook published by Pearson Scott Foresman, extending the institution's educational reach.
Five hundred thirty instructors attended the on-site Teacher Institute, 818 more participated in off-site workshops, and seven Electronic Field Trip broadcasts reached about five million students.
The division published the books Link to the Past, Bridge to the Future by John P. Hunter and Something from the Cellar by Ivor Noël Hume. It released the video-enhanced CD Encore! Music from the 18th-Century Theater with a documentary and interactive introduction. Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play, now available on DVD, aired on 51 Public Broadcasting System stations.
Podcasts—weekly audio interviews with interpreters, tradespeople, scholars, and others, downloadable from Colonial Williamsburg's websites—became the newest outreach tool. By year's end, audio downloads averaged 90,000 a month. Another website attraction was Kids Zone, an assembly of interactive games and educational materials for preschool and early elementary pupils. Colonial Williamsburg logged more than 11.5 million website visits and launched a Historic Triangle website in collaboration with the America's 400th Anniversary/Jamestown 2007 Host Committee.