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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Launches Series of Live Weekly Webcasts from ‘History Happy Hour’ to ‘Historical Solutions to Modern-Day Problems’

Virtual Offerings Join Collection of History is Fun at Home Online Resources

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 18, 2020 – Tune in to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s new lineup of live weekly webcasts, from a five-part “History Happy Hour” series exploring distillation and brewing in early America to “Historical Solutions to Modern-Day Problems” offering practical tips on how to tie knots for everyday purposes and learn to landscape using native plants. A special “History Mystery Trivia Night” is coming soon on June 5 to virtually test the knowledge of 17th- and 18th-century history buffs.

History Happy Hour

Enjoy a 5 o’clock “History Happy Hour” LIVE every Thursday, May 21 through June 18, exploring the history of distillation and brewing in early America.

The “History Happy Hour” and “Historical Solutions to Modern Day Problems” webcast series joins a growing collection of weekly educational webcasts, curatorial blogs, museum apps and interactives, videos, games, coloring pages, colonial recipes and more available as part of History is Fun at Home online resources at historyisfun.org/at-home.

While Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are closed to the public, historical experts will present free LIVE demonstrations from the museums, offering a fascinating look at history and a chance to live chat with the presenters. Viewers will need to log-on through the Zoom portal and enter a designated access code.

New lineup of webcasts include:

‘History Happy Hour’ at 5 p.m., Thursdays, May 21-June 18

Join Luke Pecoraro, director of Curatorial Services, each week for a “History Happy Hour” at 5 p.m. on Thursdays, May 21 through June 18, as he serves up historical adventures in distilling and brewing in early America. The five-part webcast series blends the museum collection with drink pairings and recipes for adult audiences to try at home. For program dates, recipes and links to access the Zoom webcasts, visit historyisfun.org/history-happy-hour.

May 21, 5 p.m.: A Journey to the Summer Isles – Come back for this session featuring a bit of history on Bermuda, an important new acquisition at Jamestown Settlement, and how it all links to Virginia. The program will feature a look at a rare 1627 edition of Captain John Smith’s “The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles,” first published in 1624. We’ll pair this historical adventure with a Dark n’ Stormy cocktail.

May 28, 5 p.m.: Punch – Explore the material culture of punch drawn from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s collection while you learn about Caribbean sugar and rum production, and the run-up to the American Revolution. This session will pair well with an 18th-century punch recipe or rum-based beverage. We will also share a recipe for a great alcohol-free punch appropriate for the kids.

June 4, 5 p.m.: Beer Brewing in Colonial America – Discover archaeological evidence of brewing at Jamestown and during the American Revolution and see drinking vessels from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s collection. Grab your own mug and enjoy George Washington’s small beer recipe and Martha Washington’s unique persimmon beer, plus choose your own local brew to pair with them.

June 11, 5 p.m.: Wine on the Vine – Find out what wines were available in the American colonies – from what was shipped and ordered from abroad to those made locally – and Jefferson’s contributions to Virginia viticulture. This session pairs nicely with a Virginia wine and a port or Madeira.

June 18, 5 p.m.: Whiskey in America: Education and Libation – See one of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s newest acquisitions – a rare, 100-gallon capacity, stamped copper still, made in the 18th century by Francis Sanderson Sr. or Francis Sanderson Jr., whose biographical details are illustrative of the spirit behind the American Revolution and the early Republic. Take part in an introduction to distilled products made in colonial America, combined with biographical information on our museum’s still and archaeological record of the Washington distillery.

Historical Solutions to Modern-Day Problems, Wednesdays at 4 p.m. May 20 & May 27

See live demonstrations and connect with our museum staff as they answer your questions in real-time. For links to access the Zoom webcasts, visit historyisfun.org/historical-solutions.

May 20, 4 p.m.: Ship to Shore: Using a Sailor’s Knot for Everyday Purposes – Join us live from Jamestown Settlement as Hank Moseley, from Jamestown Settlement’s maritime department, teaches basic knots, bends and hitches used aboard our re-created ships that can be applied in our 21st-century lives. Whether you are the outdoors type, helping a child with their next Scout lesson or just don’t want your next newly purchased mattress to go airborne on the highway, we can help you improve your knot-tying skills.

May 27, 4 p.m.: Using Native Plants to Solve Landscaping Problems – Do you have problem areas on your landscape? Would you like to incorporate native plants into your gardens? Join us live from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as Bain Schultz, Grounds Department Supervisor, demonstrates how to plan your landscape, choose the right plants, correctly get them in the ground and maintain them through mulching, watering and weeding. Find out how end-of-the-season care can ensure a healthy return the next growing season.

‘History Mystery Trivia Night’ at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5

June 5, 7 p.m.: History Mystery Trivia Night – Do you wow your friends with knowledge of history? Or, do you find yourself wishing you knew more history trivia to impress? Join us for History Mystery Trivia Night as we explore early Virginia history in the 17th and 18th centuries. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, you’ll have fun testing your knowledge and learning new things. At the end, the Trivia Night winner will earn bragging rights as the history king or queen. Learn more at historyisfun.org/trivia.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, living-history museums administered by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, remain closed in the ongoing response to COVID-19 and in the interest of public health and community safety. To support museum educational programs, visit historyisfun.org/donate. For more information about the museums, visit historyisfun.org.



Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation to Implement Cost-Saving Measures in Response to COVID-19 Impacts

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 10, 2020 – In order to address financial impacts of COVID-19, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees Executive Committee voted today, April 10, to implement cost-saving measures to mitigate expected losses in earned revenues in the current FY2020 budget, as well as to address unknowns in the FY2021 budget. Among the measures to fill a $1.2 million funding g

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Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Offer Virtual Museum Experiences, Online Education Resources & Living-History Broadcasts for At-Home Audiences

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 23, 2020­ – While you can’t visit our museums in person, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown have a variety of online resources to visit the museums virtually through apps, blogs, interactives, videos and a series of curriculum-based lesson plans for teachers and students learning at home. History is Fun at Home (historyisfun.org/at-home)

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Closes Three Sites Until Further Notice by Governor Order in Response to Coronavirus

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 17, 2020 -- Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation museums and its central support facility have closed to the public and staff, following an order by Governor Northam to close all state facilities on the Peninsula until further notice in the ongoing response to COVID-19. The closing impacts Jamestown Settlement, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and its Central Support

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Temporarily Closes Living-History Museums to the Public March 14-29

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 13, 2020 —The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown museums, will temporarily close the living-history museums to the public beginning Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 29. Out of an abundance of caution to manage the risks posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Jamestown-Y

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Museums Cancel Upcoming Events & Programs

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 13, 2020 — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown museums, is working to manage the risks posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to prevent and control the potential spread of Coronavirus in large public gatherings, and following Governor Northam’s declaration of a

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Features Centuries of Military History From Medieval to Modern Day March 21-22 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 11, 2020 — In just one weekend, visitors can experience centuries of military history during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” on Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, with this year’s event hosting a special USO Show presenting patriotic entertainment. “Military Through the Ages,” held at Jamestown Settlement each year since 1984, will fea

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Acquires Rare 1627 Edition of Captain John Smith’s ‘Generall Historie’ for Permanent Exhibit at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 4, 2020 — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has acquired a rare 1627 edition of Captain John Smith’s “The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles” for future display at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. [caption id="attachment_30770" align="alignright" width="300"] Detail of pages of “The Generall Historie of Virginia, New

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‘After Angelo’ Special Event on February 29 at Jamestown Settlement Culminates ‘African-American Cultural Heritage Month’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 24, 2020 — “African-American Cultural Heritage Month” at Jamestown Settlement will culminate with a lively celebration of African-American culture and heritage honoring the legacy of the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown as “After Angelo” returns for a special one-day event on Saturday, February 29. Festivities from 11 a.

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American Society of Marine Artists to Open 18th National Exhibition at Jamestown Settlement March 7 through April 26

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Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Present ‘African-American Cultural Heritage Month’ in February

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2020 — Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will present “African-American Cultural Heritage Month” throughout the month of February, featuring engaging gallery exhibits and educational programs that reflect and honor the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans in our nation’s history. At Jamestown Settlem

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement Living-History Museums Experience Visitation and Revenue Increases in 2019

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2020 – Paid visitation in 2019 at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 536,496, an increase of .5 percent from 2018. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,890,586 in 2019, up 4.2 percent. In 2019, paid attendance at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktow

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement Experience Visitation and Revenue Increases in 2019

Online Bookings for Tickets Up Nearly 33 Percent WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2020 – Paid visitation in 2019 at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 536,496, an increase of .5 percent from 2018. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,890,586 in 2019, up 4.2 percent. In 2019, paid a

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Recruiting for Group Educators to Engage Visitors in Story of America’s Past

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 30, 2020 — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is recruiting group educators to teach visitors of all ages about historical events of the 17th- and 18th-century Virginia at its hands-on living-history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. On Thursday, Feb. 6, a recruitment fair at Jamestown Settlement will be held for interested a

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