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April 25, 2006

A new book features CW's Rare Breeds program

Through vivid photography and lively text, “Link to the Past, Bridge to the Future: Colonial Williamsburg’s Animals” offers a delightful account of the Foundation’s Rare Breeds program. It tells the story of each rare breed, emphasizing their importance in 18th-century Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Rare Breeds program has helped to continue breeds that might otherwise have been relegated to the pages of history. In doing so, the Foundation accomplishes a twofold mission: the preservation of the rare breeds, which is in itself important, but also making a contribution to the authenticity of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

“Link to the Past, Bridge to the Future: Colonial Williamsburg’s Animals” describes the animals, such as the Dorking chickens, Leicester Longwool sheep and Milking Devon cattle to name a few, that can be seen roaming pastures in Colonial Williamsburg or being used in the Historic Area.

The book was published by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation with the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Wagoner of New York City and Ms. Estelle Walgreen of Lake Forest, Ill. “Their gifts enable us to share the stories of Colonial Williamsburg’s animals, which enliven the Historic Area for our guests and ensure that these rare breeds will be here for future generations,” said Colonial Williamsburg President Colin Campbell.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Rare Breeds program, started in 1986 to preserve genetic diversity in livestock, helps portray the animal husbandry of the 18th century and is recognized by the American Livestock Breeds Conservatory (ALBC) for “its outstanding historical, agricultural interpretation.” Colonial Williamsburg is a pioneer in the field conserving and breeding these rare animals.

“This book opens a window into our past through images that conjure up the vital interactions between the inhabitants and the animals that shared their daily lives,” said Richard Nicoll, director of the Colonial Williamsburg’s Coach and Livestock Department. “How different life was then from our modern world. Most people in the colonies lived a rural existence and livestock was a natural part of daily living.”

The book is available at WILLIAMSBURG® Booksellers, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187 or on the web at www.williamsburgmarketplacecom for $14.95.

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