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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
Jamestown Settlement Powhatan village canoe burning

“On the Riverfront,” August 1-2, allows visitors to learn about the dugout canoe construction in  Jamestown Settlement’s Powhatan Indian village and tour the ongoing special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.”

The month-long theme kicks off with a Jamestown Settlement special event, “On the Riverfront,” August 1-2, with opportunities to scrape out a Powhatan-style canoe, hear sea chanteys and discover life along the Chesapeake Bay through interpretive demonstrations, children’s crafts and period games. Visitors also can explore the “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibition, on display through September 8, to learn about the vessel’s construction and evolution. Curator tours of the exhibition will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.

Among the weekend highlights, visitors can enjoy performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by ShantyGrass, which celebrates the traditions of Chesapeake Bay watermen with a unique blend of maritime-bluegrass Americana. Outdoors in the museum’s riverfront discovery area, visitors learn about life of a modern waterman from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jeff Hogge, whose family has worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay since the 17th century, will demonstrate techniques of modern net-making, crab-potting and oyster-tonging.

“Tools of the Trade” Interpretive Programs August 1-31

At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can compare and contrast 1600s technology of the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures through period artifacts in indoor gallery exhibits and hands-on activities in the outdoor living-history areas. Daily demonstrations in the re-created Powhatan Indian village will feature dugout canoe construction at 10 a.m. and stone and bone tools at 2:30 p.m. At the ships’ pier, visitors can take part in an 11 a.m. swivel-gun firing and learn about knots and navigation tools at 1 p.m. In the re-created colonial fort, woodworking demonstrations will be held at 12 noon, followed by a military drill at 4 p.m.

At the Yorktown Victory Center, visitors can learn about tools used by Continental Army soldiers and 18th-century farmers, and try using many of the reproduction tools and implements. Daily programs at 10 a.m. will explore tools used by a typical farming family during the Revolution to plant and tend gardens, process flax into cloth, harvest tobacco and cook over an open hearth. At the Continental Army encampment, visitors can explore the workings of flintlock muskets and various types of artillery, including daily firing demonstrations at 11 a.m. of artillery, examine implements used by physicians and surgeons to care for sick and wounded soldiers and, at 1 p.m., learn methods of constructing earthworks during the Siege of Yorktown.

In addition, the Yorktown Victory Center will offer a “Tools of the American Revolution Seminar” on Saturday, August 15, exploring topics from cloth production to building construction. Registration and admission for the seminar is separate from general admission.

Admission

“Tools of the Trade” programs, including “On the Riverfront” on August 1-2, are included with admission to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. A combination ticket to both museums is $21.00 for adults and $10.50 for ages 6 to 12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16.75 for adults and $7.75 for ages 6 to 12; Yorktown Victory Center is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 receive complimentary admission.

Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.

Hours & Location

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and until 6 p.m. June 15 through August 15). Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. The museums are a 25-minute drive from each other along the Colonial Parkway. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.



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

1600s-Era Clothing Highlighted in June 27-28 Fashion Show Weekend WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 1, 2015 — Clothing, from single thread to whole garment, will be the focus of interpretive programs June 1-30 during “Fashion in Colonial Virginia” at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums. The month’s activities will culminate in “A Stitch in Time” period fashion show June

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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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – A new museum building at the Yorktown Victory Center and a maritime special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement provide the backdrop for an array of special public programs throughout 2015. The two state-operated living-history museums tell the story of America’s beginnings through indoor films and exhibits and outdoor re-created settings: Powhatan Indian villa

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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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