Virtual Colonial Days

Virtual Colonial Days Essay Contest Now Open!

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is hosting an essay contest for Oklahoma fifth graders who participated in the 2022 Virtual Colonial Days webinar series.

Teachers: This could be an excellent capstone writing assignment for students to complete the series.

The theme for the contest is “Agents of Change.” Students are invited to reflect on what they have learned from our Virtual Colonial Days programs and write about how they would like to be an Agent of Change in their own community, nation or world. What problem would you like to solve? How would YOU like to change history?

First Place: $200
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50

Winners’ classrooms will also receive fun prizes from Colonial Williamsburg and George Washington’s Mount Vernon


Thank you to every teacher and student who participated in this year’s Virtual Colonial Days. For your convenience, recordings for each of our Virtual Colonial Day programs will be available through May.

March 4 Recording – Agnes, An Enslaved Woman at the Randolph House

Feb. 25 Recording – James Madison: Father of the Constitution

Feb. 11 Recording – Dr. James Craik: Reflections on George Washington, the Change Agent

Jan. 28 Recording – Founding Father Benjamin Franklin

Special Thanks!

More than 11,000 Oklahoma students from 150 districts are participating in
Virtual Colonial Days 2022, thanks to these generous supporters:

Oklahoma Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Larry and Diana Brown
Charles L. Oppenheim

Thank you to our Virtual Colonial Days Committee members:

Project Directors Teresa Potter, Instructional Coach, Putnam City Schools; and Brenda Wheelock, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence,
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Education Staff Tab Broyles, Andy Engel, Rachel Honchul, Jodi Norman,
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate Education Staff Allison Wickens and Sadie Troy