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June 1, 2007

2006 Beacon of Freedom Award given to "Miracle: The True Story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture"

Colonial Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Regional Library awarded the book “Miracle: The True Story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture” with the 2006 Beacon of Freedom Award (BOFA). Author Gail Karwoski accepted the award Thursday, May 10 at the WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center.

BOFA is an annual children’s literature award that focuses on early American history up to 1865. Each year fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from the City of Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County schools select their favorite book from six titles that are nominated by the BOFA committee.

Books submitted for consideration for the award have a history line between 1607 and 1865, and are in the following categories: Biography, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Illustrations/Picture Book.

Participating schools included: D.J. Montague Elementary School; James Blair Middle School; James River Elementary School; Magruder Elementary School; Matthew Whaley; Norge Elementary School; Rawls Byrd Elementary School; Waller Mill Elementary School; Walsingham Academy Lower School; and Williamsburg Montessori School.

The BOFA Committee is a group created by Colonial Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Regional Library. BOFA takes its name from comments made by Colonial Williamsburg benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1934 that the restored city would serve as “a beacon light of freedom” for education and research. The BOFA mission is to establish a greater awareness of history through reading with a target audience of students from the local schools.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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