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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Name, Exhibition Galleries, Films to Debut October 15-16

YORKTOWN, Va., September 22, 2016 – The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, achieves a crucial milestone on the road to realization with the debut of an introductory film, permanent exhibition galleries and the new museum name October 15 and 16.

Through comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer a truly national perspective, conveying a sense of the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage.  Work continues on construction of a new outdoor living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, and a grand opening celebration March 23-April 4, 2017, will officially launch the new museum.

New Exhibits Will Dazzle, Inform

In the 170-seat museum theater, “Liberty Fever” will draw visitors into the world of Revolutionary America, setting the stage for indoor gallery and outdoor living-history experiences.  The introductory film is narrated by an early-19th-century storyteller who has traveled the country gathering stories about the American Revolution and shares his accounts using a moving panorama presentation of the time period.

The 22,000-square-foot permanent exhibition galleries will engage visitors in the tumult, drama and promise of the Revolution through period artifacts and immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits and short films, including an experiential theater that transports visitors to the Siege of Yorktown with wind, smoke and the thunder of cannon fire.

Among close to 500 artifacts on exhibit will be a Declaration of Independence broadside dating to July 1776; a June 1776 Philadelphia printing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, one of the inspirations for the U.S. Declaration of Independence; a coronation portrait of King George III from the studio of Allan Ramsay; one of the two earliest known portraits done from life of an African who had been enslaved in the 13 British colonies that became the United States; and an extremely rare early southern American long rifle.

The galleries will present five major themes.  The British Empire and America examines the geography, demography, culture and economy of America prior to the Revolution and the political relationship with Britain.

The Changing Relationship – Britain and North America chronicles the growing rift between the American colonies and Britain.  Within a full-scale wharf setting, issues of taxation and importation are brought into focus.

Revolution traces the war from the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 to victory at Yorktown in 1781 and the aftermath.  The wartime homefront will be portrayed in three-dimensional settings that provide a backdrop for the stories of diverse Americans – Patriots and Loyalists, women, and enslaved and free African Americans.

The New Nation outlines the challenges faced by the United States in the 1780s – weak government under the Articles of Confederation, the unstable postwar economy and new social tensions – culminating with the creation of the Constitution as a framework for the future.

The American People explores the emergence of a new national identity following the Revolution – influenced by immigration, internal migration, and demographic, political and social changes.  This section shows how the nation’s struggle for independence impacted not just America, but the world.

Visitors Interact With Historical Interpreters in Outdoor Settings

The living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm continue as an integral part of the museum experience while undergoing reconstruction and enhancement to support gallery storylines and expand capacity for visitor-participatory demonstrations.

The encampment, which represents a portion of an American regiment and includes tents for soldiers and officers as well as surgeon’s and quartermaster’s quarters, is adding a drill field and an artillery demonstration area with tiered seating that from the outside looks like a redoubt.

Situated just beyond the encampment, the farm will have a larger house, kitchen and tobacco barn and a new building representing quarters for enslaved people, along with crop fields, corncrib, kitchen garden and orchard.  A specific 18th-century York County family has been identified to serve as a frame of reference for historical interpretation.

The encampment and farm remain open throughout construction.  Visitors are invited to engage in an array of hands-on activities, from military drills to processing plant fiber for cloth.

The outdoor elements of the new museum will be complete in time for the grand opening celebration, March 23- April 4, 2017.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Continues a Revolutionary Tradition

Located within the Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown “Historic Triangle” and next to Yorktown National Battlefield, the Yorktown Victory Center opened in 1976 as one of three Virginia visitor centers for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.  The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates the Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement, implemented structural and exhibit improvements in the 1990s, broadening the museum’s focus to encompass the entire Revolution.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is the realization of a master plan adopted in 2007.  The plan called for replacing the 1976 facility, with the new building positioned on the 22-acre site to allow for continued operation throughout construction, and repositioning and reconstructing the encampment and farm.

A new 80,000-square-foot building opened in March 2015, with a theater for showings of Revolution-theme films, an illustrated timeline spanning the second half of the 18th century, and a gift shop and cafe.  An important element of the new building is an education center, with five classrooms and a separate entrance, to serve student groups and the general public with dynamic, interactive learning experiences.

Planning, building and exhibit construction, and renovations to the site, including living-history areas, are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Major components of the project total approximately $50 million.  Private donations to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support are funding elements of gallery and outdoor exhibits, artifact acquisitions, and educational resources.  Leadership donors to the campaign, with gifts and grants of more than $500,000 each, include Dominion Resources, Sue and John Gerdelman, and York County.

New Exhibits Open During Yorktown Victory Celebration

The debut of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown introductory film, permanent exhibition galleries and name occurs in conjunction with Yorktown Victory Celebration, an annual event marking the anniversary of America’s decisive 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.  During the October 15-16 weekend, visitors will have a first-time opportunity to explore the new indoor exhibits and, outdoors, participate in military demonstrations and witness performances of military music and artillery firings.

Located at 200 Water Street, the Yorktown Victory Center/American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  2016 admission is $9.75 for adults, $5.50 for ages 6 through 12, free to residents of York and James City counties and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, with proof of residency.  For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit www.historyisfun.org.

 



Godspeed Sailing this Fall to Lancaster, Middlesex Counties

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 21, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed departs September 27 on the first of two voyages this fall.  The 17th-century replica ship will head for the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River to participate October 1 and 2 in the 2016 Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta for vessels of classic design, the largest hospice regatta in the country.  From its mooring in Lancaster Cou

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Carole Moore Named Human Resources Manager at Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 16, 2016 – Carole Moore of Williamsburg has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as human resources manager, with responsibility for staff recruitment and retention, classification and compensation, benefit administration, and employee relations. The Foundation is a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history muse

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Dominion Resources Provides Leadership Support to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 12, 2016 – With gifts totaling more than $900,000, Dominion Resources, headquartered in Richmond, is the largest private donor to date to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support. Replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will debut its permanent exhibition galleries and introductory film to the public on O

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Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center Offer ‘Homeschool Program Days’ September 10-25

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 2, 2016 – As the traditional school year gets underway, homeschool families can enjoy history lessons at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, with special admission and family tours available September 10-25 during “Homeschool Program Days.”  The two museums are administered by th

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September 11 Lecture at Yorktown Victory Center, September 10 Painting Event at Jamestown Settlement Part of 2016 National Marine Art Conference

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 31, 2016 – “Arctic Ocean – The Case for Maritime Governance,” a public lecture by retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 11, at the Yorktown Victory Center, is the concluding event of the 2016 National Marine Art Conference, taking place September 8-11 at several venues in Greater Williamsburg. Admission to this lecture is free on

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Trio of Fall Public Lectures Explore Theme of ‘Bartering for a Continent’ Special Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 31, 2016 – The theme of Jamestown Settlement’s “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America” special exhibition is reflected in a trio of lectures to be presented at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29, in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater. The exhibition, which opened June 4 and continues through December 10, explores the s

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American Indian Intertribal Powwow October 1 & 2 to Feature Song and Dance, Storytelling, Film Presentation & Kevin Locke

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 19, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and a film presentation. An Evening Concert & Flute Workshops With Kevin Locke A highlight of the weekend ev

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2016 Revolutionary War Lecture Series Leads Up to Debut of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Exhibition Galleries

YORKTOWN, Va., August 15, 2016 – The Yorktown Victory Center’s annual Revolutionary War lecture series will this year preview new permanent exhibition galleries debuting in mid-October in conjunction with the museum’s change in name to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  On four consecutive Tuesdays in September, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff speakers will explore a range of topics link

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July 23 Flag-Raising Ceremony Starts at Yorktown Victory Center, Proceeds to Yorktown Battlefield’s Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt

YORKTOWN, Va., July 19, 2016 – A British flag of the 18th century will be raised Saturday, July 23, at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt on Yorktown Battlefield in a ceremony jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement history museums. The flag will be presented by retir

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Online Personality Quiz Engages Players In Revolutionary Approach To History

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 1, 2016 – On the eve of Independence Day, a new online personality quiz invites participants to discover what they have in common with people of the American Revolution.  “How Revolutionary Are You?,” an amusing take on history, launches today on the Facebook page and website – HistoryIsFun.org – of Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning in Octo

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Names Mark Howell, Pam Pettengell To New Director Positions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 23, 2016 – Bringing extensive experience in museum education programming, Mark Howell of Williamsburg has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as director of education, one of two new positions in the Foundation’s Museum Operations and Education Division led by Senior Director Peter Armstrong. Pam Pettengell of Williamsburg, director of outreach education and special se

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Yorktown Victory Center’s ‘Liberty Celebration’ Drums Up Patriotic Fun July 3-4

YORKTOWN, Va., June 9, 2016— Salute the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 3 and 4 at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, visitors can enjoy music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founde

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sailing to Norfolk for 40th Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 26, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will participate in the 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 10-12, including a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads at noon, Friday, June 10. The ship will be docked at Norfolk’s Waterside Marina throughou

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‘Freedom’s Sentinel’ Eagle Sculpture Mounted Above Yorktown Museum Entrance

YORKTOWN, Va., May 20, 2016 – An iconic symbol of the United States of America – sculpted by nationally prominent artist David H. Turner – is newly mounted on the pediment crowning the main entrance of the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in October. Titled “Freedom’s Sentinel,” the 18-foot-wide, 500-pound sculpture depicts an eagle mantling two e

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Jamestown Settlement to Present ‘Historic Trades Fair’ June 4 & 5

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 16, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement will hold a “Historic Trades Fair” on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, showcasing a variety of historical trades and crafts, from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, quillwork and pottery. Crafts and wares also will be available for purchase. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the weekend event will take place in conjunction wi

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‘Bartering for a Continent’ Special Exhibition to Explore Importance of Anglo-Indian Trade in America

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 16, 2016 — “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America,” June 4 through December 10 at Jamestown Settlement, will explore the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities a

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Four Virginia Legislators Named to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 12, 2016 – Four members of the Virginia General Assembly have joined the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virginia. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., and Senat

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Daniel & Company To Construct Outdoor Exhibit Areas For American Revolution Museum At Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 5, 2016 – Daniel & Company, Inc., a Richmond firm with broad experience in historic renovation and museum projects, will serve as general contractor for construction of outdoor exhibit and visitor amenity areas for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.  The $2,859,000 contract was awarded by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation,

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‘Jamestown Day’ Marks 409th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 26, 2016 — On Saturday, May 14, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 409th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement. “Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sai

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Registration Underway for Summer Youth Programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 13, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center will present a full menu of history programs this summer for young people age 4 through eighth grade. Registration begins April 30 for an array of Broadside history camps in June and July and is underway for the School of the Musketeer in July and The Museum’s Apprentice in August. [caption id="attachment_18415

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Fifty Young People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in April 9 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 28, 2016 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens and those adopted by American citizens will be held on Saturday, April 9, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership w

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Choose From Variety of Options for Experiencing Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 3, 2016 – From a weekend getaway to a weeklong vacation, from fun-filled activities to immersive learning experiences, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center fit easily into any Greater Williamsburg itinerary. Options for exploring the two living-history museums include private tours, joint tickets with other area attractions, and vacation packages that inclu

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Presents Centuries of Military History in One Weekend

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 29, 2016 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event. This chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature 35 groups based in Virginia, Mary

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2016 at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Offers Four Seasons of Fun Programs, Events & Exhibits

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – In 2016, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums will offer special programs across four seasons to enrich the story of America’s 17th- and 18th-century beginnings. Special events, exhibits and interpretive programs expand on the stories of the past that unfold daily at the two state-operated museums through indoor films and exhibits and outdo

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Concluding Month of Jamestown Settlement’s ‘Botanical Virginia’ Exhibit Comes With Lecture, Workshop

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2016 – A February 2 lecture and February 25 workshop are scheduled during the final month of the Jamestown Settlement exhibit “Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia,” which continues through February 28. The exhibit explores documentation of native plants by naturalist Mark Catesby and botanist John Clayton in the 18th century and the Flora of Virginia Project in

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Jamestown Settlement Features African-American Folk Tales and Songs February 13 as Part of Black History Month

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 20, 2016 – Storytelling and musical performances highlight “African-American Imprint” on Saturday, February 13, at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia. This family friendly Black History Month event features storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones, music by Legacy of Weyanoke and the Charles City Spiritual Ensemble, an African mask craft act

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Record Visitation, Revenue Increases in 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 12, 2016 – Paid visitation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 548,341 in 2015, a slight increase of 0.3 percent from 2014. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,283,684 in 2015, up 5.1 percent. Paid attendance was 393,707 at Jamestown Settlement, even with 2014. At

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$150,000 Challenge Grant From the Cabell Foundation Supports American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Outdoor Living-History Areas

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 5, 2016 – The Cabell Foundation of Richmond has pledged a $150,000 challenge grant in support of outdoor living-history areas at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to open by late 2016. A new Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm are under construction adjacent to the 80,000-square-foot museum building that opened in March 2015, representin

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