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On Exhibit: "Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe"    
September 19, 2014 to September 8, 2015
Jamestown Settlement
 
Theodor de Bry colored engraving, 1590. Image courtesy of The Mariners' Museum.

From the Collections at The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va.

 

Objects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. More

 
September 30: Revolutionary War Lecture: "Why Yorktown: A Geologic Perspective"    
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Yorktown Victory Center

The Yorktown Victory Center will host a series of Revolutionary War-theme lectures 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, College of William and Mary Geology Professor Emeritus, will discuss how the location and layout of Yorktown – site of the decisive battle of the Revolution – was determined by geologic factors.  Built next to a deep, navigable channel, the town rests on solid rock and sediments formed in shallow seas millions of years ago and used in recent centuries as building material.

Admission to the lectures is free, and advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov. The series is supported by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. More 

 
Revolutionary War Lecture: "The Importance of the Second War of Independence to America and World"    
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Yorktown Victory Center

The Yorktown Victory Center will host a series of Revolutionary War-theme lectures 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.

George DaughanOctober 7 – “The Importance of the Second War of Independence to America and the World.” Award-winning author Dr. George C. Daughan will discuss how the War of 1812 fundamentally changed the relationship between the United States and Great Britain, just as the War of Independence did, and how this led to the partnership between the two great English-speaking countries in the 20th and 21st centuries that proved of such benefit to the world.  A book-signing for two of Dr. Daughan’s books, The Shining Sea and 1812: The Navy’s War, will be held prior to the lecture, from 6:15 to 7 p.m.

Admission to the lectures is free, and advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov. The series is supported by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. More 

 
October 18-19: Yorktown Victory Celebration    
October 18-19, 2014
Yorktown Victory Center
Yorktown Victory Celebration
 
Military life and artillery demonstrations mark the 233rd anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Yorktown Day on October 19 features a parade and commemorative and wreath-laying ceremonies in historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield. More
 
October 24-25: Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement    
6:30 to 9 p.m., October 24 and 25
Jamestown Settlement

 Family Frights
A family night out at the museum with trick-or-treating, games and crafts, haunted house and ship, ghostly tales, spooky straw maze, and costume parade. 

Admission is $7 per child, ages 4-12, and $3 per adult.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.historyisfun.org or at Jamestown Settlement. Event tickets also will be available at the door.

 
Revolutionary War Lecture: "The Loyalist/Patriot Divide Among Merchant Elite in Marblehead, Mass."    
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Yorktown Victory Center

The Yorktown Victory Center will host a series of Revolutionary War-theme lectures 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.

Judy AndersonOctober 28 – “The Loyalist/Patriot Divide Among the Merchant Elite in Marblehead, Massachusetts.”  In a fully illustrated talk, Judy Anderson, social, architectural and cultural historian, will tell the story of fishing industry magnates and brothers-in-law Robert “King” Hooper and Colonel Jeremiah Lee, whose homes were outstanding and whose loyalties were divided during the American Revolution, in the midst of Patriot fervor in Marblehead, a thriving Atlantic seaport and among the 10 largest towns in 18th-century America.

Admission to the lectures is free, and advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov. The series is supported by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. More 

 
Revolutionary War Lecture: "The Men Who Lost America."    
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Yorktown Victory Center

The Yorktown Victory Center will host a series of Revolutionary War-theme lectures 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.

Andrew O ShaughnessyNovember 4 – “The Men Who Lost America.” Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and professor of history at the University of Virginia, will challenge stereotypical explanations of Britain’s failure to win the American War of Independence.  The talk will offer a different explanation of Britain’s loss, commonly attributed to the incompetence of commanders and politicians.

Admission to the lectures is free, and advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov. The series is supported by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. More 

 
Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia    
November 27-29, 2014
Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia 

Colonial Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.  At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen. More

 
A Colonial Christmas    
December 1, 2014-January 4, 2015
Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
 A Colonial Christmas
Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm.
 
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