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August 2, 2006

David Rockefeller creates endowment for CW

David Rockefeller, well-known philanthropist and the youngest son of Colonial Williamsburg’s founding benefactor, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., has announced his intention to make a $5 million endowment gift. The contribution, to be made over two years, will be used for program renewal in the Historic Area of the famous capital city of Colonial Virginia.

“We are deeply grateful to David Rockefeller for this forward thinking gift,” said Colin Campbell, president and chairman of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “Our living history program has to refresh itself on a regular basis to maintain its appeal to the public. The new Revolutionary City program is a fine example of what can be achieved. This addition to our endowment helps ensure Colonial Williamsburg’s capacity to present new programming of the highest quality and its educational leadership. It is an important contribution to his father’s legacy.”

“In its first few months, the new Revolutionary City program has already resulted in enthusiastic visitor response and increased attendance,” said David Rockefeller. “As someone who has enjoyed Colonial Williamsburg’s programs for most of my life, it is especially interesting for me to learn about the new methods of presentations that now incorporate drama and technology, to make American history more understandable and accessible. Given what is going on in the world, I am even more convinced of the importance of Colonial Williamsburg’s mission to help prepare future generations of American citizens.”

David Rockefeller also noted, “I am particularly pleased these funds will help to further enliven the area Father first purchased in the late 1920s. At the time he referred to himself as ‘David’s father’ to keep his identity private as he was putting the project together. For that reason, I have always felt a close personal connection to this wonderful part of Williamsburg.”

Campbell said, “The favorable response to the Revolutionary City program is a clear reminder that a continuing commitment to program renewal will be critical to our future. We must be able to reflect the latest scholarship in our offerings, to keep our stories accurate and relevant to the times, and to take advantage of new methods of presentation.”

“We need greater flexibility to explore new ways to tell the stories that have always made Colonial Williamsburg so compelling. David Rockefeller’s gift allows us to do that, and our visitors will benefit for years to come,” said Campbell.

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