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June 10, 2010

Electronic Field Trips win regional Emmy awards

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has recognized Colonial Williamsburg’s Abigail Schumann and Frances Burroughs with 2009 Emmy Awards for their work on the Electronic Field Trips “A More Perfect Union” and “Freedom Bound.”

Schumann received an Emmy for her work as producer, director and writer for “A More Perfect Union” in the category of children/youth 12-and-under, single story or series. Burroughs received the Emmy as producer, and Schumann as producer and director for “Freedom Bound” in the informational/instructional or special program category. “A More Perfect Union” examines the story of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and premiered Nov. 19, 2009. “Freedom Bound,” which premiered Feb. 19, 2009, follows stories of escape from slavery spanning three centuries.

There were 718 entries in this year’s Emmy competition, with 228 nominations. Members of Colonial Williamsburg’s productions team have won seven Emmys and received 16 nominations in the past five years.

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s division of production, publications and learning ventures, electronic field tips are broadcast one Thursday each month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating public television stations and cable channels across the country. Targeted to grades 4-8, the distance learning programs pan a broad range of historical subjects about people, issues and events from the colonial period 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 program also correlate to additional state standards related to the program’s subject.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions, share a project via live video Web chats, and e-mail or call 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.

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, call 1-800-761-8331, or email

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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