September 29, 2009
CW Web site honored
Colonial Williamsburg’s comprehensive Web site has been recognized by the Web Marketing Association. In the outstanding Web site category, “Tour the Town,” “Kids Zone” and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Web site www.history.org were all award winners. Colonial Williamsburg’s online citizen discussion blog on current issues, www.icitizenforum.com, was named in the Best Online Community Web site category. A nonprofit standard of excellence award was presented for the weekly podcasts, “Colonial Williamsburg: Past & Present.”
The foundation’s mission-driven Web site, www.history.org, offers multiple navigation choices and showcases the depth and diversity of the site through the use of photographs, rotating promotional images for featured sections and a hotel booking option. An event calendar, expanded up-to-date “What’s New” section and drop-down menus provide direct access to a user’s area of interest. In addition to the above award-winning sections, the site offers a webcam, audio and video clips, additional online museum exhibits, live streaming Electronic Field Trips, interactive games, links to the journal of Colonial Williamsburg, a newsroom and special Internet hotel and ticket packages.
“Tour the Town,” www.history.org/visit/tourTheTown, is an interactive map of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area that allows the user to “visit” the town by selecting a specific area of interest, such as trades, hotels, museums, shopping, dining or activities of interest to children.
“Kids Zone,” www.history.org/kids/, introduces young children to history and teaches them about life in colonial America by providing colorful characters, interactive games and activities designed to engage them in history.
Posted weekly, www.history.org/media/podcasts.cfm, Colonial Williamsburg’s podcasts include a variety of subjects including character interpreters or experts in archaeology, gardening, animal husbandry, architecture, folk art, historic trades and many other subjects.
The Web Marketing Association is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, public relations and design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of Web site development and marketing on the Internet. More than 2,500 sites from 47 countries were judged in 96 industry categories for this year’s competition. Entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation and use of technology.
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.