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June 6, 2011

Andrew Zellers-Frederick Named Director of Historic Jamestowne Fund

Andrew Zellers-Frederick has joined Colonial Williamsburg as director of the Historic Jamestowne Fund. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of fundraising related to Historic Jamestowne.

Zellers-Frederick has served as executive director of the Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation, Philadelphia, executive director of the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, and executive director of Historic Rittenhouse Town, National Historic Landmark, Philadelphia.

“Andy has an impressive record of achievement in fundraising in each of these positions as well as extensive experience of historic site administration,” said Jim Horn, vice president of research and historical interpretation and the Abby and George O’Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. “He is passionate about history and could not be more enthusiastic about joining Colonial Williamsburg and being part of the Historic Jamestowne team.”

Zellers-Frederick has a bachelor’s degree cum laude in history from Temple University and a master’s degree in history from La Salle University.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service, and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. Its mission is directly consistent with and supportive of Article XI of the Constitution of Virginia to protect the historical sites and buildings in the Commonwealth benefiting both the Commonwealth and the nation. Preservation Virginia provides leadership, experience, influence and services to the public and special audiences by saving, managing, and protecting historic places, and developing preservation policy, programs, and strategies with individuals, organizations, and local, state, and national partners.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Visitors share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. For further information, visit or call (757) 229-0412 or (757) 229-1733.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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 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 from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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