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September 14, 2005

CW wins three awards in website competition

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation captured three prestigious awards in the results of the WebAward 2005 competition announced today. The annual WebAwards are sponsored by the Web Marketing Association.

“The Kids Zone” – www.history.org/kids -- garnered the Standard of Excellence WebAward, while “Mapping Colonial America” -- www.history.org/maps -- and Colonial Williamsburg’s entry portal – www.history.org -- won Outstanding Website WebAwards.

“The Kids Zone” is an interactive website incorporating games and activities for younger learners from pre-school through primary grades. In evaluating the website, the judges stated the website was “very innovative…well done.”

“Mapping Colonial America” is an online version of a more extensive exhibition in Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and is a companion to the book, “Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America” by Margaret Beck Pritchard and Henry G. Taliaferro.

The judges’ comments about Colonial Williamsburg’s entry portal – www.history.org – praised the work of the foundation’s internet staff led by Robyn Eoff, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of Internet. Judges’ observations included: “The design of this site is superb. Typography is excellent. Layout is clean, and photographic selections are gorgeous. Informative, yet fun!!”

“These awards reflect the reputation for quality that Colonial Williamsburg has long enjoyed,” said Richard McCluney, the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures. “They also bear testament to our resolve to use the latest technologies to encourage and entice our website visitors to learn more about the origins of our nation and to apply the lessons of the past to citizenship of the future.”

WebAward 2005 entries were judged according to seven criteria: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use. The judges represent various relevant disciplines and are distinguished experts in their fields, including the media, advertising, site design, content providers and webmasters.

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Jim Bradley
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