Colonial Williamsburg introduces new electronic field trips

Colonial Williamsburg, Va., has launched a new season of electronic field trips for students.

The historic area says the season began earlier this month with a rebroadcast of a program examining the country’s political system and election history.

These free distance-learning programs are targeted to grades 4-8 and are supported with multi-disciplinary lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts, and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for students. The electronic field trips are offered on public television and cable stations nationwide, and on the internet.

Officials say additional electronic field trips this season include programs exploring the U.S. law of 1807 that abolished the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the global economy, colonial trades and businesses, and how 18th-century music shaped public opinion and even changed history.

The next event is scheduled for Nov. 8 and is called “Emissaries of Peace.” It follows Cherokee leader Ostenaco and Virginian Henry Timberlake on their 1762 journey in search of a lasting peace during the French and Indian War.

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