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Colonial Williamsburg Comes to PSETV: Bring History to Life in Your Classroom!

PSETV is pleased to broadcast the nationally renowned electronic field trip series, Colonial Williamsburg, during the 2011-12 school year beginning in October. The programs are geared for students in grades 4 – 8 and cover a variety of topics. There are seven programs in the series.

This outstanding series will be broadcast live throughout the year. It is free to view the program on PSETV. To participate fully in the interactive components of the programs and to access the outstanding online resources, there is a registration fee through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. To find out more, visit the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website.


What are Electronic Field Trips?

  • Live National Television Broadcasts that bring American history alive in your classroom
  • Online teacher tutorial available mid-September
  • Innovative distance learning/Emmy Award-winning program for grades 4–8
  • Wide variety of topics - More than just “colonial history”—includes 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century topics
  • Broadcasts air live with closed caption and audio descriptions -toll-free call-in and e-mail questions to Colonial Williamsburg historians
  • Explore Electronic Field Trips

For more information, e-mail, call 1-800-761-8331, or visit


2011-2012 Schedule

A More Perfect Union

October 13, 2011; 10:00 - 11:00 am

Witness the conflict and compromises that accompanied the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Join young eighteenth-century observers, unseen by convention delegates, as they travel from state to state tallying the vote. Learn about the ratification process and Americans’ growing interests in their fledgling nation’s new government.

Harsh World (premiere)

November 17, 2011; 10:00 - 11:00 am
What was slavery really like for enslaved people and their masters? Traditional proverbs guide students through personal stories, based on primary sources, showing kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty, and the many emotions that govern complex human relationships.


December 15, 2011; 10:00 - 11:00 am
Explore the story of the early days of American westward expansion. Daniel Boone recounts the exciting experiences and unexpected consequences associated with moving west. Learn about the risks and grueling personal hardships of creating new settlements.

The War of 1812 (premiere)

January 19, 2012; 10:00 - 11:00 am
A generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain. Why? Join Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, and others as they struggle to determine what course the United States will take.

When Freedom Came (premiere)
February 16, 2012; 10:00 - 11:00 am

Everyone knows Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaves . . . or did he? Freedom came to enslaved people over the course of many months and years—and it arrived in different ways in different places. Discover how enslaved Americans made everyday choices during the Civil War that helped bring about their freedom.

Remember the Ladies

March 15, 2012; 10:00 - 11:00 am
In 1776, Abigail Adams requested that her husband, future president John Adams, “remember the ladies” when establishing the government and laws of the new nation. Examine the roles, responsibilities, and daily activities of early American women.

The Rights of Youth

April 19, 2012; 10:00 - 11:00 am
Imprisonment, whipping, forced transportation, and even death were some of the punishments that courts sentenced children to in the eighteenth century. Witness how justice was administered at a time when criminal laws and sentencing guidelines made few or no exceptions for children.