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January 10, 2012

New Electronic Field Trip from Colonial Williamsburg Examines “The War of 1812” 200 Years Later

A new electronic field trip broadcast from Colonial Williamsburg Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. examines “The War of 1812” on the bicentennial of the event. Why were Americans plunged into another war with Great Britain a generation after the American Revolution? This was a war that stretched from Florida and Mobile Bay to the Chesapeake and the Great Lakes and beyond and lasted well into 1815. For this program, students join historical characters Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, James Madison and others as they struggle to determine what course the United States will follow.

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

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s productions, publications and learning ventures division, each electronic field trip is supported with multi-disciplinary lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for students. These Web-based resources have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and address national standards for civics education and 21st-century skills as well as state and national standards for social studies, technology and language arts. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions, or email or phone in questions to costumed interpreters and historians during the live 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. Participating schools have continuing access to technical support and teacher tutorials.

For more information about electronic field trips, visit or 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

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280