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June 16, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Open House Dates Offer Teachers Free Admission

Colonial Williamsburg hosts teachers from Virginia and across the country at no charge for a one-day open house June 24, 25 or 26; July 22, 23 or 24; Aug. 12, 13 or 14; or Oct. 7, 8 or 9. Teachers must present a valid teacher ID, union ID or name on school letterhead or business card to obtain the free admission.

The free program was created to show appreciation to teachers and familiarize them with Colonial Williamsburg’s field trip programs for students. Teachers have the opportunity to experience firsthand the tours and hands-on learning programs designed for student field trips. Family and friends may attend the all-day activities with the teachers at a discounted rate of $7.50 per person, ages six and up. Children under five are free. To register, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/teachers, or call 800-228-8878 for more information and to arrange payment for guests.

Schedule for the open house days:

  • 8–9 a.m. Registration at the Robert and Marion Wilson Group Arrivals Building, 107 Visitor Center Dr.
  • 9–9:30 a.m. Orientation in the west theater in the Visitor Center
  • 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Tour Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and museums with friends and family. Sign up for guided tours of the Capitol, Magazine and Governor’s Palace.

    Teachers can register to win a free field trip and coupons for up to 60 percent off for their class. Colonial Williamsburg’s field trips introduce students to 18th-century daily rural life and the life of residents of Williamsburg during the American Revolution. During a field trip, students may help harvest crops, grind corn, tend animals, carry water or saw wood. They learn how young people became apprentices and learned trades, and they experience how children played and entertained themselves. Colonial Williamsburg’s on-site field trips reflect a commitment to American history education and are designed to complement state and national Standards of Learning.

    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. 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 website at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown
    (757) 220-7280



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