Colonial American History Programs

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Colonial American History Education

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"A nation cannot remain great if it does not understand how it became great in the first place."
– Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author David McCullough

Colonial American History Programs

Oklahoma teachers are revolutionizing the way they teach early American history, thanks to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its partnerships with Colonial Williamsburg and other history education organizations.

Since 1993, the Foundation for Excellence has administered fellowships to hundreds of Oklahoma teachers to attend the renowned Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. During the weeklong institute, teachers are immersed in 18th century life through hands-on activities and reenactments of historical events.

Our foundation also partners with Colonial Williamsburg to promote the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library, an online, on-demand multimedia library free to all Oklahoma teachers. The Resource Library gives students virtual access to Colonial Williamsburg through archived videos (former broadcasts from Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips), interactive web activities and lesson plans. Teachers can register for a free account at 

The Foundation for Excellence also co-sponsors the annual Colonial Day at the Capitol, a day of hands-on learning activities and historical interpreter presentations for Oklahoma fifth-graders. To promote the development of community Colonial Day events statewide, the foundation hosts a website at with tips on planning colonial history day events. The foundation also partners with organizations like the Oklahoma History Center and Mount Vernon to host Colonial Day events and other activities.