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February 3, 2009

CW - Google Partnership announced

Perform a search on Google for “peanut soup and cranberry sauce,” and your browser may soon send you to a recipe from Colonial Williamsburg’s popular cookbook, “Holiday Fare.” Or, search for “Lord Dunmore and the magazine incident” and you might be sent to pages from John Selby’s classic history, “The Revolution in Virginia.”

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Google have agreed to a partnership that will allow Google to scan the text of selected books and show pages from those books when they match a user’s search terms on the popular search engine.

Google’s page will also include a link allowing users to buy the book, but the benefit to Colonial Williamsburg reaches beyond book sales.

“The real benefit is bringing Colonial Williamsburg’s brand to a 21st-century audience,” said Richard McCluney, vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures for Colonial Williamsburg. “It’s an opportunity to link from Google – easily the #1 search engine in the world – to Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site, where a new generation will be introduced to our varied resources and learn about our mission ‘that the future may learn from the past.’”

The agreement does not affect the ownership of the material, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation retains all copyrights to the material it will make available through the Google Book Search Partner Program.

“We are delighted that Colonial Williamsburg has joined the Google Book Search Partner Program. The foundation’s unique collection of rich and historic books is undoubtedly a great addition to the Book Search Index,” said Tom Turvey, Google Book Search Partner director. “Users around the world can now search, find and preview these titles online.”

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 – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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