Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

  • Williamsburg, VA
  • www.history.org

Mission Statement

Colonial Williamsburg's mission is to help "the future learn from the past" by preserving, restoring, and presenting 18th-century Williamsburg, and by engaging, informing, and inspiring people as they learn about this historic capital, the events that occurred here, and the diverse people who helped shape America.

Main Programs

  1. Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute
  2. Teaching American History Conferences
  3. Electronic Field Trips
  4. Idea of America
Service Areas

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ruling year

1938

Principal Officer since 2014

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Dr. Mitchell B. Reiss

Keywords

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history, education, preservation, museum, democracy

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EIN

54-0505888

 Number

8452684984

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 2009, the reconstructed Governor's Palace and the Capitol, as well as the Costume Design Center, which outfits Historic Area interpreters, marked their seventy-fifth years, and African American programming celebrated its thirtieth. In 2010, we opened R. Charlton's Coffeehouse, the first major reconstruction in the Historic Area on Duke of Gloucester Street in fifty years. Years of planning and preparation resulted in the premier presentation of ""So Far from Scioto,"" part of the Foundation's American Indian Initiative. We launched the "Idea of America", a groundbreaking interactive, fully digital, web-based high school curriculum, which teaches history and citizenship using sixty-five case studies of pivotal events in the evolution of the nation. The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute provides a summer-long series of immersions in early American history for teachers from across the country. To date 6,614 teachers have participated since 1990. Colonial Williamsburg and the Chautauqua Institution joined to present a week of programming in Chautauqua, New York, on ""The History of Liberty."" The experience was such a success that, in 2011, Chautauqua and Colonial Williamsburg will partner with the National Museum of African American History of the Smithsonian Institution on a series of programs called ""The Path to the Civil War"". During the year the foundation, through a refocused marketing communications program, created an emotionally appealing marketing campaign, launched as 2010 began, titled ""Be Part of the Story."" Challenge grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities—one a ""We The People"" grant for an African American programming endowment and another for the Virtual Williamsburg 3-D Web site—are third-party affirmation of our scholarly efforts.

Programs

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Program 1

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute

All of our outreach programs, designed in cooperation with K-12 educators and school administrators nationwide, use case studies to help teachers, many of whom have not taken a history course since high school, to enliven their history curriculum. National educational standards for history, civics, English, literacy, geography, and technology are addressed, and the strategies that Colonial Williamsburg educators employ are not only useful for conveying historical concepts—they can apply to any aspect of the curriculum. Graduates of Colonial Williamsburg's programs are not better history teachers; they are better teachers. The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute is central to our outreach efforts. The week-long intensive seminar onsite in Williamsburg gives teachers an opportunity to work directly with museum staff and interpreters to experience museum techniques for actively engaging students in history. Educators consistently cite the Institute as an experience that has transformed not only their appreciation of America's story but also their teaching methods and their enthusiasm for integrating history into their curriculum.

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Education, General/Other

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Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 2

Teaching American History Conferences

Teaching American History Conferences are one- or two-day conferences around the country that immerse educators in early American history, life, and culture and inspire them to become more effective teachers. Teachers meet a person from the past, debate the pros and cons of the American Revolution, try on period clothing, construct biographies from primary sources, and more. Through these experiences, they learn to create dynamic learning experiences for their students by using primary documents, artifacts, and technology resources. Teachers leave the conference with rich resources and educational materials for their classrooms including books; posters; a CD-ROM containing more than 1,200 pages of lesson plan and primary source materials; and an Electronic Field Trip. In addition, each teacher becomes part of the Colonial Williamsburg education network with access to teaching resources designed to help their students grow and become the new generation of America's well-educated citizenry, including our e-newsletter, Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Gazette.

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Program 3

Electronic Field Trips

Colonial Williamsburg's Emmy Award-winning Electronic Field Trips are interactive classroom events that integrate history and technology education into a dynamic history experience for students. Teachers in registered schools have access to a downloadable teacher's guide filled with primary source materials, graphic organizers, pictures, and a transcript of the broadcast. Students can take advantage of the online activities associated with each field trip and can post questions and comments on the Internet bulletin board throughout the school year. On the day of the field trip, students travel back in time to experience events of early America. Colonial Williamsburg interpreters—many of them young people themselves—host each program, introducing students to life in 18th-century America. Each program presents two or three historical dramatizations that enliven early American history topics. After each dramatic vignette, students from registered schools speak directly to the Colonial Williamsburg historians and interpreters live in our television studio, asking questions and expressing opinions about the issues presented in the program.

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Program 4

Idea of America

The Idea of America™, Colonial Williamsburg's newest and most innovative scholastic program, engages our nation's high school students in vital lessons of American citizenship. Each generation since America's founding has wrestled with the values that Americans hold sacred: unity, diversity, freedom, equality, private wealth, common wealth, law, and ethics, expressing and balancing these values according to the social, political, and economic climate of its times. The Idea of America™ uses this enduring debate as its conceptual and organizational framework. This distinctive program is not a textbook but a new generation basal classroom product. Students will investigate a series of 65 case studies—or chapters—across the whole range of American history from colonization to the 21st century. Each case study includes interactive living history media, classroom activities and digital resources including text, primary sources, video, audio, and gaming applications. As students work their way through the case studies, they discover that certain key issues have been with us for a long time. What is the best way to use our natural resources? What role does religion play in our republic? Does immigration strengthen or weaken our country? Students begin to realize that these and scores of other questions are still being debated today. Understanding how previous generations of Americans addressed these issues—sometimes well, sometimes poorly—provides critical insights into how they might address these issues today. We expect to have the program in classrooms across the nation beginning in January 2011. Meanwhile, the current events and Virtual Republic components can be seen at www.ideaofamerica.org.

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Funding Needs

Historic Area Preservation and Conservation Repair of Margaret Hunter Shop Masonry Walls-Funds needed: $5,068 Robert Carter Brick Quarters Repairs-Funds needed: $12,685 Conservation of Early Grave Stones in the Historic Area-Funds needed: $30,000 Paint Analysis of Historic Interiors-Funding needed for the estimated three-year project: $200,000. 18th-century Type for the Print Shop-Gifts of any size are welcome to purchase type to have on hand for printing broadsides, booklets, and pamphlets. Collections, Conservation, and Museums ""Quilts in the Baltimore Manner""-Funds needed: $7,000 ""American Folk Art Portraits""-Exhibit funding needed: $22,000 "Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America"-Exhibit support needed: $143,000 ""Style, Function and Price: Buying Furniture in Early America""-Funds needed: $150,000 Productions, Publications, and Learning Ventures - Educational Outreach Electronic Field Trips A gift of $500 provides your local school or another school with the seven-program series offered during the school year. Fund a Scholarship to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute A $1,900 gift plus funds for transportation (or frequent flyer miles)will send a teacher to Williamsburg for a week's experience that many past teacher participants have defined as ""transformative.""

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Dr. Mitchell B. Reiss

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Thomas F. Farrell II

Dominion Resources-Chairman, President and CEO

Term: Nov 2014 - Dec 2019

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