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: “Slave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette,” 7 p.m. – Actor Jamar Jones presents a one-act play depicting the overlooked story of James Lafayette. Admission is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572. The special exhibition will be open 6-7 p.m. prior to the performance.
• June 23-24: “Profiles of Honor” Traveling Exhibition, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – The “Profiles of Honor” traveling exhibition brings to life Virginia’s integral role in World War I and II and highlights stories of people who served in both conflicts. Visitors are invited to bring personal World War I and II-related photographs, letters and documents to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor Project. Sponsored by the Virginia World War I & II Commemoration Commission. Admission to the traveling exhibition is free.
• July 25: “Studebaker Goes to War!”, 7 p.m. – The Studebaker National Museum shares the story behind the carriage used by the Marquis de Lafayette during his 1824 visit to America and Studebaker’s long history of supplying vehicles to the military. Presentations by Archivist Andrew Beckman of the Studebaker National Museum and Marc Sammis of the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis. Admission to the lecture is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.
• August 17: Veterans Benefits Clinic, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – The American Legion and the College of William and Mary’s Lewis Puller, Jr., Veterans Benefits Clinic join forces to answer questions about benefits, process claims, and help secure I.D. cards. Admission to the clinic is free.
• August 17: “Rewarding the Soldier: Veterans’ Benefits Then and Now” Panel Discussion, 6 p.m. – Explore the history and evolution of benefits afforded to America’s military, from land warrants and pensions to medical service and the G.I. Bill. Presentations by law professors David Boelzner of the College of William and Mary and James Ridgway of George Mason University. Admission is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.
• September 16: “Meet Alexander Hamilton,” 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. – Eben Kuhns of the American Historical Theater portrays a young Alexander Hamilton recounting the trials and tribulations of the War for Independence. Included with museum admission.
• September 17: “Alexander Hamilton: Legacy of a Founding Father” Lecture, 7 p.m. – Rand Scholet, president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, and Michael Newton, Hamilton biographer, will discuss the ongoing impact that Alexander Hamilton has had on America as the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury. Admission to the lecture is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.
• September 29-30: “The American Soldier, 1774-2015,” 8 p.m. – Broadway actor Douglas Taurel reveals the struggles American soldiers face at war and challenges to come back home. Admission to the evening performance is $14.00.
• October 12: “The Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox” Lecture, 7 p.m. – Phil Hamilton, history professor at Christopher Newport University, launches a new biography that delves into the personal life and marriage of Washington’s chief of artillery. Admission to the lecture is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572. Books will be available for purchase.
• October 18: “Lafayette’s Grand Tour of 1824” Lecture, 1:30 p.m. – Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette, recounts Lafayette’s momentous return to America 43 years after the end of the Revolution. Included with museum admission.
• October 18: “Lafayette and Human Rights” Lecture, 4 p.m. – Discover how the Marquis de Lafayette’s influence in the world went beyond America’s Revolution. Diane Shaw, director of special collections at Lafayette College, traces his work with human rights. Included with museum admission.
• November 11: “Stand Up Comedy Night: Veterans Take the Mic,” 7 p.m. – “Stand Up Comedy Night” features the talent of graduates of Comedy Bootcamp, a seven-week workshop offered by the Armed Forces Arts Partnership. Admission to this evening performance is $12.00.
• November 15: “The Legacy of Henry Knox” Lecture, 7 p.m. – Knox Museum Curator Matthew Hansbury discusses the many contributions made by Washington’s chief of artillery in his post-war years as the nation’s first Secretary of War. A special artillery demonstration will precede the talk. Admission to the lecture is free; advance reservations recommended at (757) 253-4572.
Daytime admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.
Members of the military can purchase in advance discounted admission tickets to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown at most military bases’ MWR/recreation offices.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (formerly the Yorktown Victory Center) is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. For information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit http://www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/afterward/.