Community Colonial Day Resources

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Colonial American History Education

Community Colonial Day Resources

As part of its colonial American history programming, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence offers this section of its Web site as a resource for Oklahoma teachers interested in developing Colonial Day events in their communities. The Web site includes ideas for educational activities, guest speakers, funding, scheduling, costumes, community partnerships and more.

Since 1993, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has administered scholarships for Oklahoma teachers to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Early American History in Virginia. More than 500 teachers have participated in this renowned program, learning new and creative ways to teach early-American history and returning to their classrooms energized with ideas and creative lesson plans to share with their students.

For 10 years, the foundation has supported the efforts of teacher institute alumni to organize Colonial Day at the Capitol. This event serves approximately 500 students, primarily from the Oklahoma City metro area. Dressed in colonial costume, the students recite the Bill of Rights and participate in a historical debate between patriots fighting for independence and loyalists faithful to Britain’s king. Colonial Day at the Capitol includes teacher-led sessions where students can play colonial games, practice early-American dances and test their skills as junior archaeologists. The event has also featured appearances by such characters as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Abigail Adams portrayed by historical interpreters.

“Our foundation and the coordinators of Colonial Day at the Capitol would like ALL students in Oklahoma to have the opportunity to experience Colonial Day,” said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “For that reason, we are working together with alumni of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute to provide Colonial Day resources online and expand Colonial Day educational events across the state.”

Stratton emphasized that the community events will not take the place of Colonial Day at the Capitol, but will build upon its success. “Through our marvelous network of Teacher Institute alumni, we have the potential to serve thousands of students and involve communities across Oklahoma in hosting Colonial Day events for their students,” she said.

For more information about Colonial Day programs and resources, contact:
Brenda Wheelock
Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
101 Park Ave., Suite 420
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 236-0006
Email: bwheelock@ofe.org