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New from Colonial Williamsburg: HERO Live! October 15, 1 p.m.

October 15, 2015 - Posted in Education

HERO Live! is the new name for the Colonial Williamsburg American history education series designed for students in grades 4-8. Using 21st century technology and dramatizations with re-enactors to play the roles of historical figures, the HERO Live! programs are correlated to standards, providing a compelling learning experience. The first program for 2015-16 entitled Balance of Power will air October 15 at 1:00 p.m. on ETV’s SC Channel (SCC).

In Balance of Power Presidents, members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices from the past two centuries compete in a baseball game unlike any you’ve ever seen! Students will discover how the rules laid out in the U.S. Constitution preserve the balance of power between the three branches of government: the executive, legislative and judicial. See information on other programs below.

ALL SC schools may view the HERO Live! programs on ETV’s South Carolina Channel (SCC) at 1:00 p.m. on October 15, November 19, December 17 and January 14, February 11, March 10, and April 14, 2016. ALL SC schools have fair use rights – use for 10 days and erase within 45 days.

Through a partnership with ETV and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, four schools in our state received scholarships for “full access” to the 2015-16 series. Congratulations to Bethel Elementary in Clover, High Point Academy in Spartanburg, White Knoll Elementary in Lexington 1, and Williams Memorial Elementary in Dorchester 4.

The scholarships allow schools that applied and were selected to have “full access,” entitling them to receive the supporting teacher materials and keep the recorded programs for life of the recording, plus have access to all programs/resources in HERO (History Education Resources Online) multimedia library.  For 2015-16, schools that did not receive a scholarship may still pay $50 per program to participate with “full access.” For information, contact Dale Van Eck at CWEFT 1-800-761-8331 or

HERO Live! Program Schedule for 2015-16   (See more information on RIGHTS below)

*ALL programs air on SC Channel (SCC) at 1:00-2:00 p.m.  (Check local listing for SCC # in your area)


October 15, 2015        The Balance of Power

Presidents, justices and congressmen compete in a baseball game, outlining balance of power in U.S. government.

November 19, 2015    The Freedom Quest of Oney Judge  (Premiere)

Learn what Oney Judge faced when she left her life as the enslaved servant of George and Martha Washington.

December 17, 2015    The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race

Colonial Williamsburg tradespeople help students assist Continental Army by using math! “Professor Eddie” hosts.

January 14, 2016        The War of 1812

Learn why only a generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain.

February 11, 2016     Jim Crow (Premiere)

Discover what primary sources reveal about the post-Civil War harsh realities of the system of legal segregation. 

March 10, 2016          Women of the Revolution

Explore stories of women on both sides of the conflict, including Deborah Sampson and Martha Washington.

April 14, 2016             Civil War Ironclads

Meet the people behind the “ironclads” to relive the famous 1862 battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack.


RIGHTS: ALL SC schools may view with 10-day fair use rights. (Record and use for 10 days and erase within 45 days.) Districts with VBrick systems can record and set expiration date for 10 days after each program airs. ONLY schools that get a scholarship OR pay Colonial Williamsburg to participate can keep the copy of program(s) for the life of the tape/DVD, access guides, get online access, and have phone interaction with the historians/re-enactors.


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