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Yorktown Victory Center Offers August 15 Tools of the American Revolution Seminar

YORKTOWN, Va., July 29, 2015 — The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, will offer a Tools of the American Revolution Seminar on Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Five sessions, covering historical topics from period cloth production to building construction, will be held in the museum’s education center classrooms. The seminar is $35, and advance registration is required and limited to 50 participants. The registration fee includes seminar sessions, lunch and museum admission.

Seminar speakers and topics are:

• Elizabeth Cook, College of William and Mary doctoral candidate, will explore occupational structures in “‘Art, Mystery, and Occupation’: A History of Virginia’s Building Trades.” Session runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

• Sarah Thomas, College of William and Mary doctoral candidate, will present “Working with Wood and Iron: Shenandoah County’s Material Culture,” with a focus on chests and stove plates, tools used to make them, and how their design changed in the late 18th century. Session runs from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

• Martha Katz-Hyman, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation curator, will discuss “Turner for Thomas Jefferson: William and John Fitz/Fitch of Albemarle County, Virginia.” Her lecture explores connections between the craftsmen who made utilitarian products and those who employed them, and how personal relationships, as well as skill and reputation, influenced both those who purchased the products and those who made them. Session runs from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

• Johanna Miller Lewis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor of history, will discuss “‘Advantageously Situated in Point of Land, Trade, and Manufacture’: Germanic Artisans in the North Carolina Backcountry.” Session runs from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

• Sarah Meacham, Virginia Commonwealth University director of graduate studies and associate professor of colonial American history, will examine the importance of alcohol in early America, as well as the causes and consequences of George Washington’s decision to change Continental Army soldiers’ daily rations from a quart of beer or cider to a gill (about 3 shots) of rum. Session runs from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

The Yorktown Victory Center is undergoing a transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, to open late 2016. Inside a new museum building, three Revolution-theme films are shown on a rotating basis, and an illustrated timeline transports visitors from the 1750s to the 1790s. Visitors can try on reproductions of a French regimental coat and uniforms of other nationalities present at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Outdoors, visitors can witness artillery and interpretive demonstrations and engage with historical interpreters at the re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

On Saturday, August 15, visitors and seminar participants also will have the opportunity to see tools of an 18th-century surveyor from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and take part in periodic surveying demonstrations to learn the process of topography during the Revolutionary War era. Throughout the day, learn about the implements used by a wheelwright and see the construction of a wheel for a Revolution-period farm wheelbarrow.

The Yorktown Victory Center, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through August 15, is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. General admission is $9.75 for adults, $5.50 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. The museum is administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
To register for the seminar online, visit https://jyfemail.jyf.virginia.gov/eStore/ and select “Tools of the American Revolution Seminar” from the “All Products” drop-down menu.
For more information about the Tools of the American Revolution Seminar and how to register, call (757) 253-4838 or toll-free (888) 593-4682, or visit www.historyisfun.org.



Tools and Technology Focus of August Theme at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 21, 2015 – Tools and technology of the 17th and 18th centuries will be explored in August at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums during a “Tools of the Trade” theme month. ‘On the Riverfront’ at Jamestown Settlement August 1 & 2 [caption id="attachment_15686" align="alignright" width="300"] "On the Riverfront," August 1-2, allow

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Staff, Volunteers Honored for Achievement, Service

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 29, 2015 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums, recognized 40 employees for reaching service milestones and 135 individuals for commitment to the Foundation’s volunteer program at a June 11 event. The Foundation also presented merit awards to three employees for outstand

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Enlist for Patriotic Fun July 4-5 at Yorktown Victory Center’s ‘Liberty Celebration’

YORKTOWN, Va., June 18, 2015 — Salute the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration” July 4-5 at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, visitors can observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founde

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Registration Open for Children’s Summer History Camps at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 16, 2015 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has openings in several children’s summer history camps at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of America’s beginnings. Broadside Summer History Camps for children ages 4 through fifth grade on select dates in June and July and a new “School of the Musketeer” Camp at

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June Programs at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center Delve Into Dress of Colonial Virginia

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Jamestown Settlement Marks the Legacy of the Blacksmith Saturday During ‘International Blacksmiths’ Day’ Celebration

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 26, 2015 – Jamestown Settlement will hold an “International Blacksmiths’ Day Celebration” on Saturday, May 30, to honor the legacy of the blacksmith, an iron-working tradition in Virginia dating to 1607 when John Smith declared that the colony’s “best commoditie was Iron which we made into little chisels.” From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can see modern blacksmiths from th

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Yorktown Victory Center Welcomes French Ship Hermione With June 5-7 Events

YORKTOWN, Va., May 22, 2015 – In conjunction with the visit of the replica 18th-century French ship Hermione to Yorktown during the first weekend of June, the Yorktown Victory Center will offer an enhanced schedule of artillery demonstrations June 5-7, the first public performances of a new play on June 6, and a public lecture on June 7. The Yorktown Victory Center is a state-operated museum of th

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Announces $15 Million Comprehensive Campaign for American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 13, 2015 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., the private fundraising arm of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, has launched the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support. At a campaign kickoff event held May 12, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., President Clifford B. Fleet announced that the Campaign for Support has secured $10.4 million in sup

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Maritime Expert to Speak May 5 at Jamestown Settlement in Connection With ‘Chesapeake Log Canoe’ Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2015 – Lyles Forbes, chief curator at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, will speak at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, May 5, about the topic of the ongoing special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.” The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m. [caption id="attachment_14293" align="alignright" width="300"] This circa-1945 photograp

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‘Jamestown Day’ at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement Marks 408th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 23, 2015 — On Saturday, May 9, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 408th 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

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Yorktown Victory Center Invites Community To Experience New Museum Building

YORKTOWN, Va., April 6, 2015 – A newly open building that will be the centerpiece of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – replacing the Yorktown Victory Center in late 2016 – will be showcased in a community open house on Sunday, April 19, with guided tours and light refreshments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free admission for residents of Gloucester, James City, Mathews and York counties an

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Private Tours, Vacation Packages Among Options for Visiting Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 30, 2015 – From private tours to vacation packages, there are a variety of ways to plan a visit this spring or summer to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of the nation’s beginnings through engaging experiences in gallery exhibits and outdoor re-created settings. At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can climb a

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Historical Clothing Expert Will Speak April 7 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 24, 2015 – British historian Stuart Peachey will present “Clothing of the Common People in Elizabethan and Jacobean England” at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, April 7. The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m. A specialist in the English Civil War and the history of food and clothing, Mr. Peachey is director of Historical Management Associates in Bristol, England, a li

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Forty-five People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in March 28 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 18, 2015 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens will be held on Saturday, March 28, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia.  The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immi

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With Move to New Building, Yorktown Victory Center is Midway in Transformation into American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

MIDPOINT MILESTONE YORKTOWN, Va., March 12, 2015 – With the completion of an 80,000-square-foot building – a distinctive new Yorktown landmark – the Yorktown Victory Center has reached a midpoint milestone in its transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Yorktown Victory Center and the museum replacement project are managed by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Vi

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Welch Fusiliers Topic of Lecture March 24 at Yorktown Victory Center

YORKTOWN, Va., March 5, 2015 – Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, Ph.D., will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Yorktown Victory Center on the subject of his book “‘That Astonishing Infantry’: The History of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1689-2006.” General Riley, who earned a doctorate in Modern History from Cranfield University, served in the British Army from 1973 to 2009 and in the 19

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‘Military Through The Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Presents Centuries of Military History — and Music

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 2, 2015 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together for one weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 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 more than 35 groups b

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Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Grant Supports Acquisition of 1730s Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, Once Enslaved in American Colonies

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 19, 2015 – The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond has awarded a grant of $150,000 in support of the recent acquisition of a rare 1730s portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo for exhibit at the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.  The portrait is one of two known paintings of Diallo made in England by William Hoare, th

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Four Elected to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. February 12, 2015 – T.J. Cardwell of Williamsburg and Terry E. Hall, Brian K. Skinner and Alexis Swann of Yorktown have been elected to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors. The Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit entity that coordinates fundraising to benefit programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestow

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African-American Folk Tales and Songs Take Center Stage at Jamestown Settlement Weekend of February 14 and 15

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – “African-American Musical Imprint Weekend,” February 14 and 15 at Jamestown Settlement, will showcase performances by “The Storyteller” Dylan Pritchett, the Northern Neck Chantey Singers and Legacy of Weyanoke. The music and storytelling weekend is a highlight of “From Africa to Virginia” month at the state-operated living-history museum, with gallery exhib

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New Museum Building, Maritime Exhibition, Varied Special Programs Hallmarks of 2015

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Experience Slight Visitation, Revenue Declines in 2014

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 13, 2015 – Paid visitation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 546,671 in 2014, a decrease of 2.4 percent from 2013. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,026,279 in 2014, down 2.5 percent. Paid attendance was 393,697 at Jamestown Settlement, 1.9 percent less than in

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‘From Africa to Virginia’ Theme Shapes February Programming at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

‘African-American Musical Imprint Weekend’ February 14-15 at Jamestown Settlement WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 12, 2015 – February is “From Africa to Virginia” month at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. Gallery exhibits and daily interpretive programs highlight the culture of the first recorded Africans in Virginia and the experience of people of African descent in

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Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation Grant Benefits American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 6, 2015 – The Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation, a supporting organization of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, has provided a grant of $150,000 in support of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to replace the Yorktown Victory Center in late 2016. In recent years the Gray Foundation has awarded grants totaling $259,000

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