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June 19, 2009

CW Electronic Field Trip wins regional Emmy

A Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip has received a regional Emmy® award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“The Will of the People” took the award for interactivity with Frances Burroughs, executive producer; Linda Randulfe, producer, director and editor; and Adam Stackhouse, co-producer.

There were 645 entries in 98 categories in this year’s competition, with a total of 169 nominations and 77 Emmys awarded. Entries must have been broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008 to be eligible for a 2008 Emmy Award. Panels of judges from the Heartland, Mid-America, Mid-Atlantic, San Francisco/Northern California, Ohio Valley and Suncoast chapters reviewed this year’s National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter entries.

“The Will of the People” is the story of the presidential election of 1800, one of the most bitter in U.S. history. In this surprising lesson for 21st-century students, Thomas Jefferson explains how negative campaigning, partisan politics and contested elections have been a part of our political system since the early days of the republic.

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s division of productions, publications and learning ventures, electronic field trips are broadcast one Thursday each month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating PBS stations and cable channels across the country. Targeted to grades 4 – 8, the distance learning programs span a broad range of historical subjects about people, issues and events from colonial times to the present day.

Each electronic field trip is supported with lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for their students. All materials have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and meet state standards for history, technology, art and literacy. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards related to the program’s subject.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions or e-mail or telephone questions to costumed interpreters and historians during the live televised broadcast. Registered users also may view electronic field trips and use teacher and student resources via the Internet on demand any time during the school year.

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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Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7121