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Colonial Williamsburg Emmy-Winning Educational Productions, Course Content Available Free Online Beginning August 16

August 15, 2016 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Screen shot of Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library

For the first time beginning August 16, the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library of Emmy award-winning educational productions and supporting course content will be made available free online for teachers, home educators, their students and lifelong learners around the nation and world.

“By offering our extensive media library as a gift to America’s educators, we can help alleviate the lack of critical history and civics curriculum available to today’s students,” said Ted Maris-Wolf, Colonial Williamsburg vice president of education, research and historical interpretation and Abby and George O’Neill director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. “Colonial Williamsburg’s award-winning productions and course content in particular enhance the way history is taught – and experienced.”

The library contains 800 minutes of video including 27 productions that garnered 16 Emmys, more than 100 lesson plans, background texts, primary source media, interactive Web activities and access to archives of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Gazette, which has distributed more than 400 lesson plans and other content. Course materials correlate to curriculum standards for all 50 states, focusing on American history from the 1607 Jamestown settlement through the Civil War, with cross-curricular ties to language arts, science, math, art and music. More resources are added every month.

“The Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library comprises decades of award-winning productions and curriculum developed by educators, for educators, focused on increasingly neglected American history and civics,” said Lisa Heuvel, manager of program development initiatives for the Colonial Williamsburg Institute for Teacher Professional Development. “Making this content available online supports educators directly and removes financial obstacles to sharing this critical knowledge with the learners who need it most.”

The 28-minute educational productions like the Emmy-winning “Freedom Bound” and “The Global Economy” – known previously as Electronic Field Trips – and supporting course materials target grades 4 through 8 combining video, interactive modules and classroom materials. Historians, teachers, interpreters and museum educators support program development to make history come alive for students.

Free access to the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library is available by creating a free account at Educators can direct inquiries to

The Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund and the Harry L. Kavetas Endowment for Education Initiatives. Development and production is underwritten through the generous support of Patricia and Peter Frechette of Minnesota.


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