Electronic Field Trips
2014 -2015 Broadcast / Live Stream Schedule
October 9, 2014
The Global Economy
What we think of as the modern global economy is actually centuries old! Join Maggie, an adventurous rat, as she boards ships using international trade routes to make her way home from England to the American colonies. Along the way, discover the inner workings of the 18th-century mercantile system.
November 6, 2014
The American Revolution on the Frontier PREMIERE
Discover how the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley. American Indians, French traders, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight—and on which side.
December 11, 2014
The Amazing Trade Shop Science Race
Root for student contestants as they compete to discover the physics, chemistry and simple machines employed by Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople to reconstruct an 18th-century coffeehouse. Quirky "Professor Eddie" hosts this engaging science game show!
January 15, 2015
Vote for outstanding musical performances in Colonial Idol! This exciting talent showcase features 18th-century music, including Native American songs, military tunes, enslaved people's work songs and much more. As the judges deliberate, discover how music can influence individuals, shape public opinion and even change history.
February 12, 2015
When Freedom Came
Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaves…or did he? Freedom came to enslaved people over the course of many months and years—and it arrived in different ways in different places. Discover how enslaved Americans made everyday choices during the Civil War that helped bring about their freedom.
March 12, 2015
Working Children PREMIERE
In 1775, a young apprentice boy dreams of a better life while working in a Philadelphia print shop. A Mexican-American migrant girl in 1960's California struggles to harvest garlic all day and keep up with her studies. These and other working children help illuminate the evolution of child labor in America from colonial times to today.
April 16, 2015
Research Rescue Squad
Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes and confusing students with false information. Luckily, the Research Rescue Squad will save the day! Join the Squad as it tries to defeat the evil mastermind, Dubious Sources, by helping students do solid research using the library, the Internet, and museums.
The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series is supported in part
by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.