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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 Day – in historic Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield. Firing the cannon in Yorktown Victory Center's Continental Army encampment.

Yorktown Day marks the anniversary of the American-French victory in 1781 over the British. In 1781, following a nine-day bombardment, British forces in Yorktown under General Charles Cornwallis requested a cease-fire and then surrendered more than 8,000 soldiers and sailors to the combined American and French armies commanded by General George Washington. This was the last major military action of the American Revolution, effectively securing independence for the American colonies following a six-and-a-half-year military struggle.

Yorktown Victory Center Revolutionary War Programs October 18 & 19

The Yorktown Victory Center, a state-operated museum of the American Revolution, will feature military re-enactors, musket and artillery demonstrations, and hands-on interpretive programs at re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm during its annual “Yorktown Victory Celebration.”

The 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, a Revolutionary War re-enactment group, will be on hand throughout the weekend event and will feature a two-pound cannon on a “galloper” carriage. The gun is a light field piece used by faster moving infantry, rifle and cavalry units. Visitors to the Continental Army encampment will be invited to experience Revolutionary War military life firsthand by enrolling in “A School for the Soldier,” offering opportunities to drill with wooden muskets and learn about soldiers’ provisions and sleeping quarters. “School” Sessions will be offered at 1:05 p.m. on both days. Visitors can learn the steps leading up to firing an artillery piece during daily demonstrations at 10:35 a.m. and 12:05 and 3:05 p.m., followed by its firing. Daily programs on espionage will be held at 11:05 a.m. and military discipline at 4:05 p.m.

At the re-created 1780s farm, “The Price of Liberty” at 2:35 p.m. will examine the sacrifices of Americans who declared independence from Great Britain – from signers of the Declaration of Independence to farmers, women and enslaved people. Farm visitors can observe methods of open-hearth cooking at 11:35 p.m. and see textile and spinning demonstrations at 10:05 a.m. At 3:35 p.m., visitors can learn about the transition from farmer to soldier as they train as members of the citizen militia.

Gallery exhibits chronicle the American Revolution from the Declaration of Independence to the development of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and how people from many different cultures shaped a new society.

For a $10 fee in addition to general admission, visitors can register for “Enlist,” a one-hour program offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days that allows participants to sign enlistment papers, march and drill with wooden muskets, identify uniforms of allies and enemies, build living quarters and defensive earthworks, learn about espionage, roll and keep a musket cartridge, see artillery firing and receive advance “pay” and orders from General George Washington.

Admission is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6 through 12. Children under six are admitted free. Save 20 percent with a combination ticket to Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. The Yorktown Victory Center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 1020 (GPS address: 200 Water Street), five miles from Interstate 64, Exit 247. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.

Anniversary Programs At Yorktown Battlefield October 18 & 19

The National Park Service at Yorktown Battlefield, site of the climactic 1781 siege, will offer a variety of tours and talks on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, highlighting the 1781 siege of Yorktown.

The British Royal Artillery will perform on the Yorktown Battlefield near the National Park Service Visitor Center at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday and at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Park Rangers will offer walking tours of Yorktown Battlefield at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Saturday. The Nelson House, home of Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, will be open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Moore House, where surrender negotiations took place, will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

These programs begin at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, located at 1000 Colonial Parkway at the eastern end of the Colonial Parkway, 12 miles from Williamsburg. Admission on Saturday, October 18, is $7.00 per adult and under age 16 admitted free. On October 19, admission to Yorktown Battlefield will be free as part of the Yorktown Day celebration. Interagency Passes, including lifetime senior and access passes, are honored. For more information, call (757) 898-2410 or visit www.nps.gov/colo.

Yorktown Day – October 19

The modern day observance traces its roots to 1922, when the Daughters of the American Revolution began an annual wreath-laying ceremony, which set the tradition upon which the current Yorktown Day is based. Today, the Yorktown Day Association, comprised of 13 civic, patriotic and government organizations, coordinates the traditional commemorative events.

In addition to Sunday morning wreath-laying ceremonies, the Custom House will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the annual Yorktown Women’s Club Brunswick stew lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. At 12 noon the U.S. Army Commander-in-Chief’s Guard will perform on the Yorktown Battlefield next to the Visitor Center. The Yorktown Day parade at 1:30 p.m. will follow Yorktown’s Main Street and will pass in front of the Yorktown Victory Monument, erected in 1881 to commemorate the military victory a century before.

Patriotic exercises will commence at 2:15 p.m. at the Yorktown Victory Monument with a colorful backdrop of flags including the American and French national colors, the flags of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, five United States territories, and the flags of the 13 Yorktown Day Association members. At the conclusion of the Patriotic Exercises, a wreath will be placed on the Yorktown Victory Monument in memory of those who fought and died during the siege of Yorktown in 1781.

Visiting Historic Yorktown

Yorktown visitors can take the free Yorktown Trolley to attractions throughout Yorktown, including Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and the Yorktown Victory Center, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition to weekend commemorative events, Yorktown visitors can enjoy schooners Alliance and Serenity at the Riverwalk Landing piers, the Watermen’s Museum “Family Pirate Palooza” October 17, a Gallery at York Hall “Yorktown Art” exhibit, book-signing event and artist reception October 19, and Water Street Grille live entertainment October 17-18 and oyster roast October 19. For more information on historic Yorktown, call (757) 898-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org.



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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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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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