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November 27, 2008

CW Web site recognized for creativity

Colonial Williamsburg’s comprehensive Web site has been recognized for creativity for the second year in a row by the W3 Awards. Two sections of the media-rich site, “Coins & Currency in Colonial America” and “Tour the Town,” received W3 Silver Awards.

The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the Web and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning Web sites, Web video and online marketing programs. The W3 is the first major Web competition to be accessible to large agencies and small firms and is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body of top-tier professionals from advertising and marketing firms.

“Coins & Currency in Colonial America” is an interactive online exhibit that examines the diverse types of money jingling in the pockets and purses of our colonial ancestors and how the varied coins they exchanged influenced the currency we carry today. A glossary, FAQ, timeline, relative scale and value charts, zooming capability and sidebars add layers of discovery to the expansive exhibit, found at www.history.org/history/museums/coinExhibit/.

“Pounds, Pence and Pistareens: The Coins and Currency of Colonial America” is currently exhibited at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, presented through the generosity of Joseph R. and Ruth P. Lasser of New York.

“Tour the Town” is an interactive map of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area that allows the user to “visit” the town by selecting a specific area of interest, such as trades, hotels, museums, shopping, dining or activities of interest to children. Users click and drag over the map and select a location to see an image or description and, for some locations, link to learn additional information from other areas of the Web site. Find “Tour the Town” at www.history.org/visit/tourTheTown.

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 trades people 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 in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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