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May 29, 2008

CW's wins award for excellence, encourages debate on meaning of citizenship today

Colonial Williamsburg received an Outstanding Achievement Award of Excellence from the Interactive Media Council for development and implementation of a blog that continues the Founding Founders’ debate on the responsibilities of citizens. explores the meaning of citizenship that our Founding Fathers never could have imagined through a worldwide dialogue about the roles, rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy and provokes discussion about self-government through blogs, discussion forums and YouTube-type user-generated content.

The iCitizenForum blog includes video clips of interviews with diverse sources such as political analyst and journalist Michael Barone, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and senior writer for U.S. News and World Report; Martha Crenshaw, professor of government at Wesleyan University; Tala Dowlatshahi of Reporters Without Borders; Heather Smith, executive director of Rock the Vote; and Hannan Sarhan, a producer at Al Jazeera English Channel's Washington Bureau.

The site contains a citizenship timeline and historical documents that have contributed to the evolution of human rights and citizenship. The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and the U.S. Constitution are available in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean and German, in addition to English.

“ is a perfect fit with Colonial Williamsburg’s education for citizenship initiatives and our mission ‘that the future may learn from the past,’ ” said Colonial Williamsburg’s Richard McCluney. “The site allows citizens of all ages to participate. With our Electronic Field Trips, podcasts, Teacher Institute, Web sites and innovative curricular materials for primary and secondary schools, we hope to help new generations of citizens sustain the American experiment in self-government.”

Visit to join the dialogue and learn what is important to current and future citizens.

The Interactive Media Awards recognizes the highest standards of excellence in Web site design and development and honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement. The Interactive Media Council, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of leading Web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other Web professionals who seek to elevate the standards of excellence on the Internet.

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Barbara Brown
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