Virtual Colonial Days

Fifth-Graders Invited to ZOOM Back in Time to
Hear Stories from Early Americans
10 a.m. each Friday, Jan. 29 through March 12
via ZOOM Webinars

Fifth-Grade teachers: Your class is invited to use 21st-century technology to connect with 17th– and 18th-century Americans during Virtual Colonial Days, presented in February and March by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

“A Tapestry of Perspectives” is the theme of the ZOOM webinar series, which will share the diverse experiences of early American women and men who helped forge our nation’s history. Due to COVID-19, the webinars are being planned as a safe alternative to Colonial Day at the Capitol, an annual hands-on history education event for Oklahoma fifth-graders.

Our foundation will host the ZOOM webinars at 10 a.m. each Friday from Jan. 29 through March 12 featuring historical interpreters from Colonial Williamsburg, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and more. Participation is free, and each webinar will be limited to 500 students on a first-come basis. Registrants who do not make the 500-student limit will have access to session recordings. Each 50-minute session will include time for students to submit questions. Student participants will not be shown on video or audio.

Teachers are encouraged to register for the full series. Video will be available for one week following each presentation for viewing by those students who miss the webinar.

Optional Activities: Each of the session listings below includes optional lesson plans or hands-on activities related to the presentation. In addition, we will be hosting a Bill of Rights Contest for students and a Classroom Museum Experience drawing for teachers. Prizes will be awarded for each!

Registration is now closed.

Click below to view session descriptions

Special Thanks!

Virtual Colonial Days are made possible with support from the following:

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
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

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, 
Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Executive Director Emily Stratton