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‘Foods & Feasts’ Holiday Event Serves Up Colonial Cooking Methods at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 12, 2014 — Savor the Thanksgiving holiday by exploring centuries-old cooking and preservation methods during Jamestown Settlement’s and Yorktown Victory Center’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 27-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual three-day event begins on Thanksgiving Day.

At Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, discover how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians using clay pots and iron kettles and preserving meats and vegetables by smoking, salt curing and pickling.

At the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, learn how Revolutionary War soldiers prepared rations in an earthen “kitchen” and see how Revolution-era farming families transformed the season’s garden produce and crops into stews, pies and breads and preserved food for the winter ahead. Visitors also can learn colonial herbal remedies for indigestion.

Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement Powhatan village cooking In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, venison, turkey and other game will be roasted over an open fire, while stews of corn, beans and squash cook in clay pots. A daily program at 10 a.m. will explore the importance of corn to the Powhatan Indians and the variety of dishes in which it was used, including corncakes and corn dumplings. At 1 p.m., visitors can discover Powhatan dishes derived from the river and help wrap a fish in clay to bake in the hot coals. At noon and 4 p.m., Powhatan Indian hunting techniques are demonstrated.

At the ships’ pier, a special program at 10:30 a.m. allows visitors to haul cargo from a replica of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 to learn how the colony was provisioned. Throughout the day, visitors can explore typical sailors’ fare of salted fish, biscuit and dried foods and try making the most common food – a ship biscuit. A program at 12:30 p.m. on celestial navigation will explore how 17th-century sailors steered by the stars.

Discover culinary skills English colonists brought to Virginia in the re-created 1610-14 fort. On Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., an entire pig will be processed into hams and bacon, followed by salting for preservation. On all three days, historical interpreters will demonstrate baking bread in a Devon oven at 1:30 p.m. and open-hearth cooking of 17th-century dishes, including pudding, pies and pottages, throughout the day. Military demonstrations will include the 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. firing of a swivel gun at the ships’ pier and, at 3:30 p.m., European military tactics and drills near the fort.

Yorktown Victory Center

Yorktown Victory Center farm stew Throughout the day, historical interpreters in the re-created Continental Army encampment will show how soldiers turned meager rations of dried beans, salted meat and hard bread into nourishing soups and stews. Plundering and theft sometimes occurred when rations were scarce, and a special program at 10:45 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. will illustrate the consequences. Artillery demonstrations will be held daily at 11:05 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.

Visitors to the re-created Revolution-period farm from 11:35 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. Thursday and Friday can see how farmers salted and cured different cuts of meat and, at 3:35 p.m., how they preserved fruits and vegetables for the winter ahead. Daily, beginning at 2:05 p.m., a variety of dishes will be prepared in the farm kitchen using 18th-century open-hearth cooking techniques and recipes. In addition, visitors can learn about 18th-century herbal remedies for indigestion at 4:35 p.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner in the Jamestown Settlement Café

Food preparation in the museums’ interpretive areas is for demonstration purposes only. The Jamestown Settlement Café will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. Dinner menu and prices are available online.

Tickets & Packages

A Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center combination ticket is $20.50 for adults and $10.25 for ages 6-12, offering a 20 percent savings on individual museum admission. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-12, and to the Yorktown Victory Center, $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Parking is free at both museums.

A History is Fun for the Holidays combination ticket – available online only – offers seven days of unlimited admission to both museums at $20.50 for adults and $10.25 for ages 6 through 12 and includes coupon vouchers for Williamsburg Premium Outlets and the Historic Yorktown Rewards Card. Additional multi-attraction holiday ticket and package options are available.

How to Get Here

Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round, are separated by a 25-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, a National Scenic Byway. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free, (757) 253-4838 or visit www.historyisfun.org.



Redesigned Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Website Debuts

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 7, 2014 – Easy navigation, integration of social media and responsive design are hallmarks of a new generation of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation website, www.historyisfun.org, launched this fall.  The Foundation is a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in publ

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Godspeed Heading to Urbanna for Education Programs, Oyster Festival

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 27, 2014 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed is setting sail November 2 for Urbanna, where the ship will host education programs on November 6 and participate in the Urbanna Oyster Festival November 7 and 8. The Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, is a featured exhibit at the U

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Nancy McNerney Joins Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 21, 2014 – Nancy Robertson McNerney of McLean was appointed by Virginia Governor Terence R. McAuliffe for a term through June 2018 to 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 the state.

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America’s Historic Triangle Heralds in the Holiday Season

Festive fun in every corner of Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown region WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 17, 2014 —Cherish holiday memories and family moments this season in America’s Historic Triangle, where a year-round vacation package allows visitors to take in living-history programs and festive events that delve into the stories of the nation’s beginnings – the 1607 founding at Jamestown of America

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America’s Decisive Revolutionary War Victory Celebrated October 18-19 at Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., October 3, 2014 — The 233rd anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be marked with a variety of engaging hands-on military interpretive programs and tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, at the Yorktown Victory Center and Yorktown Battlefield. A patriotic parade and commemorative ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 19 – Yorktown D

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Peter Firstbrook to Speak on ‘A Man Most Driven’ October 14 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 3, 2014 – Author and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Peter Firstbrook will speak in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater at 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, on the exploits and accomplishments of Captain John Smith, the subject of his new book, “A Man Most Driven.”  Smith had an instrumental role in the survival of the early 17th-century English colony at Jamesto

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Halloween Season Brings ‘Family Frights’ to Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 2, 2014 – “Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement,” a Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children, debuts Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25. Trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, grizzly games and a spooky straw maze are among activities offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on both dates. A costume parade begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Sound effects, sm

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Revolutionary War Lecture Series Returns to Yorktown Victory Center This Fall

YORKTOWN, Va., September 8, 2014 – The Yorktown Victory Center will host a series of free public lectures with a Revolutionary War theme on Tuesday evenings this fall, with guest scholars speaking at 7 p.m., September 30, October 7 and 28, and November 4 in the museum’s Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Theater. September 30 – “Why Yorktown: A Geologic Perspective.” Dr. Gerald H. Johnson, Coll

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‘Community Day: On the Riverfront’ September 20 Highlights Opening Weekend of ‘Chesapeake Log Canoe’ Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 3, 2014 — Hear chantey singers, scrape out a Powhatan-style canoe and discover the life of a modern waterman during “Community Day: On the Riverfront,” September 20 at Jamestown Settlement history museum. The event celebrates the opening of “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe,” a special exhibition presented in partnership with The Mariners’ Museum

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Evolution Of Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Featured in Jamestown Settlement Exhibition in Partnership With The Mariners’ Museum

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 3, 2014 — A new special exhibition, “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe,” will open at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, on September 19, 2014. Curated by The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., and featuring objects from its collection, the yearlong exhibition will trace the evolution of the dugout can

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National Firm Selected to Fabricate Gallery Exhibits for American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., September 2, 2014 – Permanent gallery exhibits for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016, will be fabricated and installed by Design and Production Incorporated (D&P), a nationally prominent firm based in Lorton. The $9.4 million contract was awarded to D&P by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency

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Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center Offer ‘Homeschool Program Days’ September 6-21

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 26, 2014 – 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 hands-on programs and family tours available September 6-21. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yor

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Altria Group, Inc., Supports Inaugural Special Exhibition at Future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 5, 2014 – Altria Group, Inc., headquartered in Richmond, has made a grant of $200,000 to support development of the inaugural special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The exhibition is expected to open approximately a year after completion of the new museum in late 2016. “The Altria grant is the first designated for the new museum’s special exh

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Hosts Seventh Consecutive Summer Teacher Institute

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 10, 2014 – Eighteen Virginia educators will take part in the 2014 Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Summer Teacher Institute July 13-18 at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. Correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning and national curriculum objectives, the institute emphasizes interactive, inquiry-based methods of teaching American history

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1776 Printing of Virginia Declaration of Rights Acquired for American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., July 1, 2014 – A rare newspaper printing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a precursor of the United States Declaration of Independence, has been acquired for the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016. The June 12, 1776, issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette containing the Virginia Declaration will be exhibited in the new

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Clifford Fleet Named to Lead Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.; Brian Fields Joins Board of Directors

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 24, 2014 – Clifford B. Fleet of Richmond succeeds Sue H. Gerdelman of Williamsburg on July 1 as president of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit entity that coordinates private fundraising to benefit programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.

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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 17, 2014 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums, recently recognized 60 employees for reaching service milestones and 128 individuals for commitment to the Foundation’s volunteer program. The Foundation also presented merit awards to three employees at a June 4 event.

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Three Days of Patriotic Fun July 4-6 at Yorktown Victory Center’s ‘Liberty Celebration’

YORKTOWN, Va., June 16, 2014 — Salute the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4-6, at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all three 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

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Delegates Greason, Knight, Ware Named to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 13, 2014 – Virginia Delegates Thomas A. Greason of Ashburn, Barry D. Knight of Virginia Beach and R. Lee Ware, Jr., of Powhatan have been appointed by House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell to 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 o

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‘Party on the Pier’ June 20 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 10, 2014 — “Party on the Pier” will be held at Jamestown Settlement on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit educational programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and its museums, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. All-inclusive tickets are now on sale and include dinner and live entertainment on the ships’ pier. Against the back

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Acquires One of Earliest Known Portraits of an African Enslaved in the Colonies

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 6, 2014 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums, has acquired a previously unknown oil portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a freeborn, educated African who was kidnapped in Africa and sold as a slave in Maryland during the colonial era. Before taking its place as a centerpiece

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Heading to Norfolk for Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 27, 2014 – The 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 38th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 6-8, leading tall ships in a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 6. The ship will be docked at Norfolk’s Waterside Marina throughout th

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Delve Into Dress of Colonial Virginia in June

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 23, 2014 — Clothing, from single thread to whole garment, will be the focus of interpretive programs during “Fashion in Colonial Virginia” month, June 1-30 at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. Together, the two living-history museums tell the story of the nation’s colonial beginnings, from the arrival of America’s first permanent English colonists in 1607 to

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT 2011 ENGAGE VISITORS

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Beginning with a “From Africa to Virginia” theme in February, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center offer an array of commemorative special events and family-friendly themed interpretive programs throughout 2011, as well as seven public lectures presented by leading scholars. The two year-round living-history museums tell the story of America’s beginnings, fro

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Peter Armstrong Named Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 2, 2014 – Peter Armstrong, an internationally known leader in the museum profession, will join the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums, on May 7 as senior director of museum operations and education. He fills the position held by the late Joseph A. Gutierrez, Jr. Armstrong, w

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407th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony Observed May 10 at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 22, 2014 — On Saturday, May 10, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 407th 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 sailing in the James River. A variety of f

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Herbert Kelly, Thomas Tullidge Elected to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 28, 2014 – Herbert V. Kelly, Jr., of Newport News and Thomas H. Tullidge, Jr., of Richmond were elected to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors for terms through June 30, 2017, and June 30, 2016, respectively.  The Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit entity that coordinates fundraising to benefit programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Vir

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Historical Gardens & Fields Experience Awaits Visitors at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 27, 2014 – Spring in Virginia’s Historic Triangle is the season for planting at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of America’s beginnings, and the time for planning a garden-themed trip. Field crops, vegetables and herbs – types grown in the 17th and 18th centuries – are cultivated at Jamestown Settlement’s

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SOLDIERS THROUGHOUT HISTORY FALL IN LINE FOR JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT’S ‘MILITARY THROUGH THE AGES’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 5, 2009 – Soldiers throughout history will descend upon the grounds of Jamestown Settlement history museum for its time-honored Military Through the Ages event on March 21 and 22. In the course of one weekend – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday – visitors will experience the past and present in a unique chronological display of military history as more than 3

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YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER TO HOST AMERICAN REVOLUTION LECTURE APRIL 10

YORKTOWN, Va., March 20, 2014 – A public lecture at the Yorktown Victory Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 10, will consider the fate of Loyalists during the American Revolution. Holger Hoock, the J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “‘The Tyranny of the People’: A Loyalist Perspective on the American Revolut

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‘MILITARY THROUGH THE AGES’ AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT OFFERS UNIQUE GLIMPSE OF MILITARY HISTORY ON MARCH 15-16

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 21, 2008 – More than 300 re-enactors depicting soldiers from the eleventh century through modern times converge at Jamestown Settlement for the 25th annual “Military Through the Ages,” Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the course of one weekend, visitors will experience the past and present in a unique chronological display of military hist

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50 Young People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in March 22 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 11, 2014 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of recently naturalized United States citizens will be held on Saturday, March 22, 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

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‘MILITARY THROUGH THE AGES’ TO FEATURE RE-ENACTORS, MUSIC, ARTILLERY, CIVIL WAR 150 HISTORYMOBILE

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 26, 2014 — 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 15 and 16, for the 30th anniversary of Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event. This chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will f

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JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER OFFER SPECIAL ADMISSION FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A special ticket for homeschool families will be available February 26 through March 5 for admission to Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. At $10.50 per family member, th

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2014 SPECIAL PROGRAMS EXPLORE VARIETY OF HISTORICAL TOPICS, ENHANCE DAILY MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2014 – From emphasis on early American fashion, weapons and food to the story of how canoes of the Chesapeake Bay region evolved from single- to multi-log watercraft, special programs at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center in 2014 present a vibrant portrayal of life in the 17th and 18th centuries.   The two state-operated living-histo

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‘FROM AFRICA TO VIRGINIA’ IS FEBRUARY THEME AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 24, 2014 – “From Africa to Virginia” is the theme of interpretive programs throughout February at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.  The culture of the first known Africans in Virginia and the experience of people of African descent in colonial and Revolutionary America is highlighted in the museums’ gallery

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ADMISSIONS REVENUE UP IN 2013 AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER; VISITATION ON PAR WITH 2012

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 14, 2014 – Admissions revenue at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center was up 2.4 percent in 2013, amounting to $5,153,363.  Paid visitation at the two living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation was nearly even with 2012, totaling 560,072, a decrease of one-tenth of a percent. The Yorktown Victory

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JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT TO HOST CIVIL WAR 150 HISTORYMOBILE

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 13, 2014 – The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is coming to Jamestown Settlement during the museum’s annual Military Through the Ages event March 15 and 16.  The exhibit is an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, which was created by the General Assembly to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in V

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