P.O. BOX 2120
October 9, 2001

TO: Principals
FROM: Patricia I. Wright
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
OCTOBER 23, 2001 1:00 to 2:00PM (ET)


The History Channel has joined with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Cable and Telecommunications Association (VCTA) in a national educational event entitled Save Our History®: Live From Jamestown™. Created for fourth graders, and linked to the Virginia Standards of Learning, Live from Jamestown will introduce school children to the excitement of archaeology and the history of the early settlement of Virginia. The event will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on October 23, 2001, at Jamestown National Historical Park. It is a precursor to the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown in 2007.

The History Channel is producing an original short film that highlights the history and the archaeological discoveries at Jamestown. The production will include interviews with the First Lady of Virginia Roxane Gilmore and Shirley Little Dove Custalow McGowan, daughter of Chief Custalow of the Mattaponi tribe.

The short film will be Web cast at 1 p.m. on at the time of the event on October 23. A live panel discussion for school children, also Web cast, will follow. It will be filmed in front of a small, live audience, and transmitted via the Web -- to Virginia, the United States, and internationally as well. The panelists will include Mrs. Gilmore, archaeologists Bly Straube and Bill Kelso, historian Nancy Egloff, and National Park Service ranger Curt Gaull, and will be moderated by Dr. Libby OíConnell, The History Channelís Historian-in-Residence. Students will submit questions to the panelists by e-mail. To ensure that fourth grade students in Virginia can participate, please have students email their questions to Virginia students should e-mail their questions immediately and not wait until October 23.

The History Channel is donating a VHS copy of the film and a teacherís guide to every public elementary school in Virginia. In addition, cable companies in Virginia have provided high-speed cable modem access to hundreds of schools in the state. These schools are encouraged to participate via their advanced on-line capabilities. For those schools without this access, the panel discussion may be viewed via local cable television.

Many groups are working with The History Channel on this exciting initiative. Along with the office of the First Lady of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, historical organizations such as the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquity, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and the National Park Service are helping to create an educational event that students throughout Virginia and across the nation will enjoy. The VCTA has the enthusiastic support of their member companies, including AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Adelphia, and Charter that have a long-term commitment to the schools in their communities. The high-speed connections provided by these cable companies make this event possible.

Because the event will be Web cast live during school hours, fourth graders from all over the country are encouraged to participate on-line. Up to 200 e-mailed questions that are not answered during the event will be answered by volunteer experts at

SAVE OUR HISTORY: LIVE FROM JAMESTOWN™ is part of The History Channelís EMMY award-winning Save Our History campaign, a national initiative dedicated to historic preservation and history education.