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‘Pocahontas Imagined’ Special Exhibition at Jamestown Settlement Opening July 15 to Explore Legacy, Artistic Impressions of Powhatan Indian Woman in Two Worlds

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 7, 2017 – Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement will present “Pocahontas Imagined,” a special exhibition opening July 15 that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.

The renowned Powhatan Indian who befriended English colonists in Virginia in the early 1600s has been immortalized in art, song and story. Born about 1596, Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, supreme chief of more than 30 tribes in coastal Virginia. Several years after converting to Christianity and marrying Englishman John Rolfe, Pocahontas became ill and died at Gravesend, England, in March 1617.

Pocahontas Brand Oranges packing label, California Fruit Growers Exchange, Los Angeles, California, 1940s. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

In “Pocahontas Imagined,” visitors will encounter Pocahontas as a real Powhatan Indian girl, who in life became a symbol of successful colonization and who in death inspired legends of Virginia history and American folklore. Her images have been used to promote a range of unrelated causes.

The special exhibition, which will run through January 28, 2018, will feature artwork inspired by Pocahontas, as well as memorabilia, advertisements and interactive experiences, including opportunities for visitors to step into a cutout of an oversized 1907 postage stamp featuring Pocahontas’s image. Visitors will be able to see Pocahontas’s likeness and her portrayal in the 20th century through a variety of media. Her image has been used to market merchandise, from oranges and cranberries to tobacco and coal. The exhibition also explores Pocahontas’s impressions on modern-day Virginia Indian women.

A special children’s area in the exhibition will allow young visitors and families to experience Pocahontas’s life as a little girl in a Powhatan Indian village and try art-related activities, such as weaving, decorating clay pots on a chalkboard wall, and learning about hunting and gathering. Young visitors also will receive an activity card that they can take outdoors to explore artistic patterns, lines and colors in objects in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 English ships and colonial fort. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from James City County.

“Pocahontas Imagined” also will feature a public lecture series in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Three lectures on September 5, September 13 and October 3 will begin at 7 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater.

The public lectures include:

September 5: “Pocahontas in Image and Myth” – Karen Sherry, Art Historian and former Curator of American Art for the Portland Museum of Art in Maine and Associate Curator of Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

September 13: “Reel Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Film” – Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

October 3: “Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers and the Debunking of the ‘Vanishing Race’ Myth” – Johanna Minich, Adjunct Curator of Native American Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Jamestown Settlement is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round. 2017 admission is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. A value-priced combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for ages 6-12. Parking is free.

Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with proof of residency.

Admission to the evening lectures is free. Advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/pocahontas-imagined/.



Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Welcomes New Deputy Executive Director and Special Assistant for Board Relations

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 5, 2017 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation recently welcomed Frank N. Stovall as deputy executive director of administration and Jarret W. Hann as special assistant for board relations. [caption id="attachment_22284" align="alignright" width="150"] Frank N. Stovall[/caption] As deputy executive director of administration, Frank N. Stovall will supervise and provide l

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‘Profiles Of Honor’ Traveling Exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown June 23 & 24

YORKTOWN, Va., June 21, 2017 — “Profiles of Honor,” a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Virginia World War I & II Commemoration Commission, will come to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, in conjunction with the “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition. The “Profiles of Honor” traveling exhibition brings

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‘Liberty Celebration’ Drums Up Patriotic Fun July 4 at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 12, 2017— Salute the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Decla

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James Lafayette ‘Slave Spy’ Performance on June 10 Opens ‘AfterWARd’ Special Exhibition

YORKTOWN, Va., June 6, 2017 — “Slave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette,” an original one-act play combining live performance with film, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, in conjunction with the opening of “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America.” James Lafayette, an enslaved African American from New Kent County who su

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sailing to Norfolk for 41st Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 6, 2017 – 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 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 9-11. This is a change in the initial sail plan that called for the Susan Constant to take part in the event. Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed also wi

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Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant Sailing to Norfolk for 41st Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 1, 2017 – Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant, 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 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 9-11, including a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads and arrives off Town Point Park at noon, Friday, June 9. The ship will be docked

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to Present More Than a Dozen Public Programs in Conjunction With the ‘AfterWARd’ Special Exhibition

YORKTOWN, Va., May 31, 2017 – In conjunction with the “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 13 programs, public lectures and presentations connecting America’s veterans will be presented from June through November. Programs, made possible in part by Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, include: • June 10:

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Explore the Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s Inaugural Special Exhibition ‘AfterWARd’ Opening June 10

YORKTOWN, Va., May 31, 2017 – The Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown in 1781 was just the beginning for the ranks of soldiers and citizens who fought for America’s independence. Follow their stories after the war in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s inaugural special exhibition, “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America.” Opening June 10 through November 27, the spe

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Historic Trades Fair at Jamestown Settlement June 3 & 4 to Showcase Handcrafted Trades of the Past

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 24, 2017 – Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present a “Historic Trades Fair” on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, showcasing a variety of historical trades and crafts, from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, broom-weaving and pottery. Trade and Craft Demonstrations In its second year, the Historic Trade

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‘Jamestown Day’ at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement Marks 410th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 27, 2017— On Saturday, May 13, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 410th 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 sail

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Fifty Young People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in April 29 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 21, 2017 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens and those adopted by American citizens will be held on Saturday, April 29, 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

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Dedication of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to Take Place April 1 With Patriotic Ceremonies, 18th-Century Fair, Special Tribute to Nick And Mary Mathews

Museum Parking and Access Limited; Public Parking Available in Historic Yorktown YORKTOWN, Va., March 24, 2017 — The new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will be dedicated on Saturday, April 1, the highpoint of a 13-day Grand Opening Celebration saluting each of the first original 13 states in the order that they ratified the Constitution. A dedication ceremony launches Virginia Day festi

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Grand Opening Celebration March 23-April 4, 2017, To Salute 13 Original States, Feature Museum Dedication, Patriotic Ceremonies & Military Music

Artillery salutes and flag-raising ceremonies. Fifes and drums and military dragoons. Brass bands and color guards. Historians, military veterans, re-enactors, entertainers and enthusiasts reveling in the Revolution will come together March 23 to April 4 to present 13 days of festivities showcasing the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Rev

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Jamestown Settlement & New American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Mark Pivotal Moments, Compelling Events & Exhibits in 2017

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – 2017 is a pivotal year at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, two premier living-history museums in two corners of America’s Historic Triangle that offer year-round experiences, compelling special exhibitions, events and programs that immerse visitors into the story of America’s beginnings. The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolu

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement March 18-19 Presents Centuries of Military History in One Weekend

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 23, 2017 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the fifth century B.C. to modern times will come together on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19 for Jamestown Settlement’s 33rd annual “Military Through the Ages” event. This popular chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature military re-en

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Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown History Museums Mark Visitation, Revenue Increases in 2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 3, 2017 – Paid visitation in 2016 at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, formerly the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 567,094, an increase of 3.4 percent from 2015. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,584,610 in 2016, up 5.7 percent. 2016 paid attendance was

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