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April 22, 2008

Mary and Donald Gonzales Field Experience Fund announces spring award winners

Three Colonial Williamsburg employees have been selected to receive awards from the Mary and Donald Gonzales Field Experience Fund. The fund provides individual grants of up to $5,000 for continuing education opportunities for non-management employees within the landscape services department, Historic Area division, or collections and museums division.

Spring 2008 cycle recipients are:

  • Susan G. Dippre, of Williamsburg, Va., supervisor of Historic Area landscape in Colonial Williamsburg’s landscape services for the Monticello Historic Landscape Institute June 15-27 in Charlottesville, Va.;
  • William H. Neff, of Newport News, Va., apprentice in Masonry Trades for a Gauged Brickwork Course Nov. 1-7 in Great Britain; and
  • Emily Williams, of Williamsburg, Va., conservator of archaeological materials in Colonial Williamsburg’s Collections and Museums for the Triennial Conference of the International Committee of Museums Conservation Committee, Sept. 19-27 in Delhi, India.

    In April 2006, Colonial Williamsburg received a $250,000 gift from Deborah S. Pulliam of Castine, Maine, a longtime friend of the Gonzales family and former Colonial Williamsburg employee, to establish the fund. Ms. Pulliam died in May 2007.

    Qualified employees may annually apply for grants in the spring or fall, and grants of up to $5,000 per person are determined by a three-member Selection Committee.

    Application deadline for the fall Gonzales Field Experience award is Sept. 15. The fall award winners will be announced by late November.

    The scholarship was named in memory of the late Donald Gonzales, retired Colonial Williamsburg senior vice president, and in honor of his wife Mary, a musician and community activist.

    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. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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 (447-8679) or visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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