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October 27, 2009

"1776: A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg" published by National Geographic and CW

Colonial Williamsburg and National Geographic have published a new book about the American Revolution aimed at children ages 8 – 12. “1776: A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg” presents the daily lives of the not-so-famous citizens of the colonial capital of Virginia leading up to the Revolutionary War.

While schoolchildren are familiar with the well-known names of America’s Founding Fathers, most are unaware of the part that farmers and tradesmen, women, enslaved blacks, indentured servants and Virginia Indians played in the Revolution. The concise and well-written prose and vivid photography tell the story of the people of the colonial capital and how they lived in the days leading to the Revolution. The 48-page volume is a book readers of all ages will find engaging and informative.

Early reviews of the book have been positive, with Kirkus Reviews calling it “an important volume for classrooms and libraries” and the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) reviewer observing, “Concise, exceptional writing pairs perfectly with the photographs to create a history with feeling that will welcome all readers.”

“1776: A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg” was written by K.M. Kostyal with photographs by Lori Epstein Renda and Colonial Williamsburg photographers. It is available for $17.95 from WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center, 101 A Visitor Center Drive, Everything WILLIAMSBURG in Merchants Square, by phone at 1-800-446-9240 or from

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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