Colonial Williamsburg to grant free access to digital library

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(Courtesy of CW)
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Students, teachers and lifelong learners across the globe will soon have access to the educational resources of Colonial Williamsburg.

According to a news release, the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library, which includes educational videos and supporting course content, will be made available free online beginning Aug. 16.

“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,” Ted Maris-Wolf, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president of education, research and historical interpretation said in the release. “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, and more than 100 lesson plans, background texts and primary source media, the release stated.

The course materials were created to correlate with curriculum standards for all 50 states, focusing on American history from the 1607 Jamestown settlement through the Civil War.

“Making this content available online supports educators directly and removes financial obstacles to sharing this critical knowledge with the learners who need it most,” Lisa Heuvel, manager of program development initiatives for the Colonial Williamsburg Institute for Teacher Professional Development said in the release.

Free access to the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library will be available beginning Aug. 16 by creating an account at resourcelibrary.history.org. Educators can direct inquiries to herosupport@cwf.org.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Education Resource Library is available to the general public, not just educators.