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October 4, 2011

Thousands Viewed “Gift” from Colonial Williamsburg

More than 5,680 registrants representing approximately 161,000 students signed up to receive Colonial Williamsburg’s “Gift to the Nation” in September. In honor of Constitution Day, Colonial Williamsburg provided at no cost its electronic field trip “A More Perfect Union” from Sept. 6 to Sept. 30.The Emmy-winning program examines what happened when the newly drafted Constitution was sent to the states for ratification.

Participants from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., seven overseas DOD schools and registrants in five additional countries received streaming video of the electronic field trip “A More Perfect Union” and the accompanying teacher guide and student Web activities. In support of its citizenship mission, Colonial Williamsburg provided the program free of charge to any school, home school family or individual interested in learning more about the story of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution as seen through the eyes of young observers.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips tell the stories of our country’s founding and span a broad range of historical subjects from colonial times to the present day. 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, the distance learning programs are targeted to grades 4–8.

For more information about electronic field trips, call 1-800-761-8331, or email Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

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. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg 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
(757) 220-7280