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December 20, 2002

Rockefeller Foundation grant to fund Native American Interpretive Programs at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg has received a $100,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to support the research and design of new interpretive programs that will emphasize the role of Native Americans in colonial Virginia.

“As we strive to present a more balanced portrayal of Williamsburg society in the 18th century, this generous funding from the Rockefeller Foundation will allow us to accelerate planning that will ensure that Native American history becomes a part of our regular programming,” said Rex Ellis, vice president of the Historic Area. “We are eager to share the rich history of Native American involvement in colonial Virginia society with our nearly one million annual guests as well as the many more who participate in our educational outreach efforts.”

The story of Native Americans in colonial Virginia is an integral component of Colonial Williamsburg’s central educational programming theme, “Becoming Americans: Our Struggle to be Both Free and Equal.” “Becoming Americans” is the story of three diverse groups of people—Native Americans, European settlers and African-Americans—who attempted to secure their unique interests through trade, negotiation and armed conflict.

“The Rockefeller Foundation recognizes the vital role that diverse cultures have and will play in American society,” said Gordon Conway, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. “We are pleased to help launch this worthwhile educational project and look forward to charting its progress over the next year.”

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