Planning a Commemoration

Jamestown Settlement ships under sail The 400th anniversary of America’s first permanent English colony, founded in Virginia in 1607, was commemorated through a series of events and programs that began in 2006 and continued into 2008. Jamestown 2007, a state planning organization established as the result of 1996 Virginia General Assembly action, partnered with state and federal entities and Virginia communities in coordinating anniversary efforts.

America’s 400th Anniversary: Jamestown 2007 Steering Committee Report

The graphic illustrates the many organizations and committees that coordinated resources for the commemoration.

  2007 organizational chart

Virginia General Assembly legislation designating the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as the Commonwealth’s lead entity responsible for organizing the 400th anniversary commemoration - 1996

Virginia General Assembly amendment authorizing Commonwealth agency cooperation with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation to plan and implement the 400th Anniversary commemoration -1998

2007 Annual Report (pdf)

America’s 400th Anniversary Signature Events

America’s 400th Anniversary Partner Events

Browse the photo galleries of America’s 400th Anniversary commemorative events.

Virginia 2007 Community Program

Jamestown Settlement: A Stage for 2007 (pdf)

Jamestown Settlement Permanent Exhibition (pdf)

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Commemoration Highlights (pdf)

Commemoration Planning Structure and Partners (pdf)
Jamestown 2007 Steering Committee Goals (pdf)
Historic Triangle Host Committee (pdf)

Economic Impact Analysis of America’s 400th Anniversary (pdf)
Measuring America’s 400th Anniversary (Press Release) (pdf)

America’s 400th Anniversary Press Releases