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October 18, 2002

CW preparing for the 400th anniversary celebration of the founding of Jamestown

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has appointed Jeanne Zeidler, director of community cultural affairs, to chair a committee of Colonial Williamsburg staff members responsible for planning the foundation’s participation and cooperation in the commemorative events marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in America.

The committee will include: Cary Carson, vice president of research; Mark Duncan, director of community and government relations; Rex Ellis, vice president for the Historic Area; Steve Haller, manager of archives and records; Sophie Hart, manager of public relations; Rich Krapf, director of orientation and admissions; Danny McDaniel, director of security, safety and transportation; Richard McCluney, vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures; Tom Spong, director of hotel sales; Jill Trott, director of Colonial Williamsburg events; and Carolyn Weekley, director of museums.

“The commemoration in 2007 of the founding of Jamestown will be a major event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw increased national and international attention to the significant history of this region,” said Zeidler. “As a regional partner with both Historic Jamestowne, jointly owned by the National Park Service and the APVA, and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg will be an important focal point for the commemoration, and we must make sure we are ready to provide coordinated, high quality experiences to our guests. Our goal is to appeal to the broadest possible cross-section of people and to engage them in this important story, which encompasses not only the history of Jamestown, but also that of the rest of the Historic Triangle—from Jamestown to Yorktown to Williamsburg.”

Colonial Williamsburg and the City of Williamsburg have been active participants to date with involvement on a number of planning committees for the 400th anniversary of the founding of James-town. The foundation’s newly created planning committee will work closely with city officials and other organizations to foster community-wide involvement.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the foundation to collaborate with our colleagues at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Historic Jamestowne on an event with both regional and national significance,” said Colonial Williamsburg President and Chairman Colin G. Campbell. “We anticipate most visitors to Jamestown in 2007 also will visit Colonial Williamsburg and we want them to have the best possible experience. In light of the potential impact on our local resources, especially hospitality and transportation, all of us in this region must work closely together to ensure that Jamestown’s 400th anniversary initiative is marked by the active support and careful, quality planning by all of the Historic Triangle’s major organizations. Colonial Williamsburg looks forward to being part of this process.”

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