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April 6, 2012

Live from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area – It’s a Webcast!

Colonial Williamsburg will create its latest “American Ideas” interactive webcast live from the Historic Area at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The first scene of Colonial Williamsburg’s popular Revolutionary City program, “Gale from the North,” opens the program with patriot Mann Page riding on horseback with news from Lexington and Concord. The date is April 29, 1775.

The webcast is hosted by well-known Hampton Roads public affairs broadcaster Cathy Lewis live on Colonial Williamsburg’s “Connect” website www.history.org/connect. Her guests include Peyton Randolph, portrayed by Chris Hull. Randolph is speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, chairman of the Virginia conventions and the first president of the Continental Congress. Within Randolph’s own family, tension existed between those loyal to the Crown and patriots who favored independence. Lewis also speaks with Mann Page, portrayed by Mark Schneider. Page is a lawyer and planter from the Fredericksburg area who attended the College of William & Mary and served in the House of Burgesses and as a delegate to the Continental Congress.

Also on the panel are Bill Weldon, director of Historic Area programming, and Taylor Stoermer, Ph.D., revolution historian from Colonial Williamsburg’s division of research and historical interpretation. For the live interactive webcast, “Connect” will take questions from the on-site audience and emails any time before or during the webcast at connect@cwf.org. Viewers can also send questions to the panel during the program via Twitter at twitter.com/colonialwmsburg or through the live chat room at www.history.org/connect.

Discussion segments will ponder the questions “How can we relate to the issues of 1775-76?” and “How did the Revolution affect the average citizen?” The panel will discuss why relating to our history matters and what the role of government should be. From the Boston Tea Party to the current Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations taking place across the country today, the very roots of the American Revolution can be found in citizens debating each other about issues of the day.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass provides access to be part of the live webcast audience. The panel discussion takes place in front of the Raleigh Tavern, while Revolutionary City scenes continue at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street near the Capitol.

The April 14 webcast is one in a series of Colonial Williamsburg live webcasts debating our nation’s most basic values and how they shape our republic. On May 19, the subject is “A Declaration of Independence,” followed by “What Does Independence Day Mean to Me,” in late June, and finally, “The Election of 2012” in the fall. Interested citizens may visit the Connect website any time to join the debate www.history.org/connect.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit center for history, citizenship and democracy, encouraging audiences at home and around the world to learn from the past. Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates its commitment to expanding its thought-provoking programming as well as its dedication to cultural and historical authenticity on-site and online through the preservation, restoration and presentation of 18th-centry Williamsburg and the study, interpretation and teaching of America’s founding principles. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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