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June 19, 2006

Experience freedom in the making: Students participate in interactive evening program

Experience the heated debate that transformed the nation into the free state it is today. The Fifth Virginia Convention is where the resolution to declare Virginia a free colony from the English crown was debated and passed. This remarkable event is re-created in an interactive experience called Revolutionary Points of View, and is geared to supplement the time period in which it occurred. Students in grades eight, nine and 10 will feel as though they are convention delegates. Educators are encouraged to experience the program beginning at 7 p.m. through August 28 in the Colonial Williamsburg’s Capitol.

Tom Hay, director of the Revolutionary Points of View program, said, “If the people who experience this program leave feeling that the history of our nation has been brought to life and now have a better understanding of the events that led to our freedom then we have accomplished our goal.”

The nature of this interactive experience brings to life the events that took place on May 15, 1776, that shaped the state of the nation we live in today. First, three character monologues are performed to help enrich all points of view during this time. Secondly, all participants are divided into three groups representing the three perspectives and are sent to debate their stance in separate rooms.

The three groups reconvene for the grand debate of the resolution. Each participant is given a character card and the opportunity to express the point of view on the card or express the view in his or her own words, thus giving the feelings of being an actual convention delegate.

This evening program is open to the public and school groups on Mondays through the end of August. For more information on this program or to make reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY.

For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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