September 30, 2009
Cherokee leader, 400-year-old artifacts, Daniel Boone and a slave ship among virtual experiences in CW's EFT season
Colonial Williamsburg’s 2009 – 2010 series of Electronic Field Trips launches Oct. 15 with “Emissaries of Peace,” the story of how the Cherokee people struggled to preserve their independence during the French and Indian War. Students will follow Cherokee leader Ostenaco and Virginian Henry Timberlake as they travel from the capital of the Cherokee nation to Williamsburg and London in search of a lasting peace.
Premiering this season are three new programs: “A More Perfect Union,” about the U.S. Constitution, “Westward!” with Daniel Boone recounting experiences of westward expansion, and “The Rights of Youth,” which examines the sometimes cruel treatment of children in the 18th-century justice system.
First broadcast in 2007, “Emissaries of Peace” received a regional Emmy award for audio post production in 2008. Produced in partnership with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, “Emissaries of Peace” was filmed on location in Williamsburg and in Cherokee, N.C. The program’s content and related Web activities draw from the major exhibit “Emissaries of Peace” produced by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The story depicts the Cherokees’ diplomatic efforts to preserve their culture in the mid-18th century despite expanding colonial settlement.
Central characters are Henry Timberlake, a British lieutenant whose memoirs provide one of the most complete records of 18th-century Cherokee life, and the Cherokee leader Ostenaco. In 1762, Timberlake carried a message of peace into Cherokee territory prompting Ostenaco to travel to Williamsburg. There, Ostenaco persuaded the governor of Virginia that the Cherokee delegation should meet with King George III in London.
When the program premiered in 2007, Ken Blankenship, executive director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, said, “Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip, ‘Emissaries of Peace’ presents the most accurate depiction of Cherokee material culture and language of any production to date.”
Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s division of productions, publications and learning ventures, “Emissaries of Peace” is the first of seven Electronic Field Trips 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 multi-disciplinary lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for their students. These Web-based resources have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and meet national standards for civics education and 21st-century skills as well as 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 phone in 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. Participating schools also have continuing access to technical support and teacher tutorials.
Following “Emissaries of Peace,” the 2009 – 2010 Electronic Field Trip schedule includes:
As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, Colonial Williamsburg uses the Internet and live interactive television broadcasts to bring American history to life for more than one million students and four million other viewers each year. For more information and pricing, or to subscribe to the Electronic Field Trip series, visit www.history.org/trips, call 1-800-761-8331 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Williamsburg is located 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 www.history.org.