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June 26, 2007

CW's Story Keepers Project gives families an opportunity to tell their own story

Through the Story Keepers Project, guests will have the opportunity to tell their own stories to pass on to their friends and family. The Story Keepers Project is part of Colonial Williamsburg’s third annual Storytelling Festival, “Spinning Stories/Spanning Time: A Weekend of Stories Old and New,” Sept. 14-16.

“Last year when we offered this program some guests would come up to us and say they were not sure they really had any stories to share with their families or friends,” said Conny Graft of Colonial Williamsburg’s guest research department and manager of the project. “Everybody has an interesting story to share. Each story we recorded last year was as valuable, as personable and as moving as the next person’s story.”

The Story Keepers Project allows guests to interview a member of their family or friend about their stories and life experiences and record those stories on a CD they can take home with them. Guests will be offered a list of questions that draw on experiences from childhood to adulthood, marriage, parenthood, work, military and family history. Staff will also be available to conduct an interview upon request.

Guests can sign up for a 20-minute interview the weekend of the Storytelling Festival. Interviews will be conducted Sept. 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Following their interview, guests will receive a CD copy of the interview to take home. The Story Keepers Project tent will be located on the grounds of Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The Story Keepers Project is open to those who have purchased a Storytelling Festival ticket.

A variety of festival ticket options are available. A Weekend Pass features day programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Friday evening Olio, which is a sampling of storytellers, and one Saturday evening storytelling event, for $65 for adults and $33 for youth ages 6-17. A Single Day Pass is available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday and includes admission to all day programs for the selected day for $29 for adults and $15 for youth ages 6-17. An Evening Pass provides admission to one evening program, with the exception of the Wine-and-Cheese Storytelling, for $15 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $8 for children under age 6. Adults also can attend the Wine-and-Cheese Storytelling for $30.

School groups are invited to attend programs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at a cost of only $10 for teachers and $5 for students. Stories address portions of the Virginia Standards of Learning – Oral Literature for grades four through six. A limited number of $5 brown bag lunches consisting of sandwich, chips, cookie and beverage will be available if booked in advance.

For information on tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY or go to www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com/storytelling.

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 www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

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Penna Rogers
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