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October 28, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg Receives 2010 Friend of Education Award

The Virginia Council for Social Studies (VCSS) has selected Colonial Williamsburg as the 2010 recipient of the Friend of Education Award. The award was presented Oct. 22 at the state conference held in Williamsburg.

In recognizing Colonial Williamsburg’s education outreach programs, VCSS president Craig Blackman praised Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute, the seven-day summer immersion program that provides teachers new strategies for teaching. Blackman attended the program in the past and recalled the impact role playing a member of the Virginia Convention had on him as an educator.

Blackman also noted Colonial Williamsburg’s innovative curriculum programs and electronic field trips that communicate “the essential principles of our great republic” to technologically sophisticated students. In announcing the award to Bill White, the Theresa A. and Lawrence C. Salameno director of educational program development, and Tab Broyles, director of teacher development, Blackman noted their “tireless devotion to the teaching of American history” and commended their fundraising efforts to enable teachers from Virginia and across the country to participate in Teacher Institute. Each year, Colonial Williamsburg also hosts about 150,000 school children who visit the Historic Area for school group field trips, family visits or home school programs.

Colonial Williamsburg’s most recent social studies education project is “The Idea of America,” an interactive, fully digital, Web-based curriculum through which students learn lessons from history and the principles of American citizenship by exploring 65 individual case studies of the nation’s most important historical events, debating issues that changed America, listening to the perspectives of contemporary historians and accessing primary source documents of enduring significance. For more information, visit

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on site and online. 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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Barbara Brown
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