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Turkey Feather Mantle to be Showcased in Jamestown Settlement’s Upcoming ‘FOCUSED’ Special Exhibition in January 2021 Charting Century of Change and Resilience by Virginia Indians

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 23, 2020 – A turkey feather mantle hand-woven by a leading member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe in the 1930s will be among the featured objects in Jamestown Settlement’s upcoming special exhibition, “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience,” opening in January 2021.

Turkey Feather Mantle, circa 1930s by Mollie Adams, Upper Mattaponi_Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection

Turkey Feather Mantle, circa 1930s by Mollie Adams, Upper Mattaponi. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

The mantle, made by Mollie Adams and still retaining the iridescence and glow of countless turkey feathers, will join other significant Virginia Indian objects and photographs taken in the 1910s to the present day from professional and personal collections to weave together the stories of Virginia Indians and their perseverance over the last century, from the passage and repeal of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 to the state and federal recognition of 11 Virginia tribes today.

In collaboration with Virginia Indian tribal communities, Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present this contemporary exhibition on January 29, 2021, through March 25, 2022. It will feature the photography collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, as well as images from anthropologist Frank Speck in 1910s to 1930s, the work of award-winning Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine in the 1940s and 1950s, and portraits by contemporary American Indian photographers.

“This feather mantle is a phenomenal surviving example of this art form, representative of a craft that was passed along through many generations,” said Luke Pecoraro, director of Curatorial Services for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The mantle, in the permanent collection of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, was last on public display in 2007.

Portrait of Mollie Adams, Upper Mattaponi, 1918. Frank Speck photograph collection, N12647; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Portrait of Mollie Adams, Upper Mattaponi, 1918. Frank Speck photograph collection, N12647; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Anthropologist Frank Speck undertook extensive research of some of the Virginia Indian tribes, including the Upper Mattaponi community in King William County, where he met Mollie Adams (1881-1973) and her family in 1918. Speck’s written field notes included descriptions of feather work which correspond to the turkey feather mantle to be featured in the exhibition.

Mollie Adams, was an Upper Mattaponi tribal leader with her husband, Jasper Lewis Adams, who served as chief of the Upper Mattaponi from 1923 to 1973, followed by her son Andrew Washington Adams in 1974-1985. Her grandson, Kenneth Adams, serves as chief of the Upper Mattaponi today. Mollie and Jasper Adams raised 12 children in King William County and faced similar hardships as her neighbors, including poverty, difficulty in attaining education, as well as bigotry and segregation in the wake of the 1924 Racial Integrity Act.

The Racial Integrity Act, created through the Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics, reclassified all Virginia Indians as “negro” or “colored,” a law that was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967. For Mollie Adams, she obtained a certified statement of her Indian ancestry, and worked to build a strong foundation for the Upper Mattaponi through her church and tribal activism.

The special exhibition, supported by a grant from James City County, will highlight themes central to Virginia Indian daily life, including the establishment and maintenance of Virginia Indian reservations and tribal lands, education, hunting and fishing, and traditional crafts and cultural heritage.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement explores the world of America’s first permanent English colony and the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in the 17th century. Through comprehensive and immersive indoor exhibits and outdoor living-history experiences, the museum explores life in the Jamestown colony and its first century as Virginia’s capital.

Visitors can learn about Virginia Indian history and culture in the 17th century through expansive indoor galleries and artifacts and, outdoors in a re-creation of Paspahegh Town, based on the archaeological findings at a nearby site along the James River once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians, the Powhatan tribal group closest to Jamestown, and descriptions and illustrations recorded by English colonists in the 17th century.

Jamestown Settlement, located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. The special exhibition is included with museum admission. In 2021, admission to Jamestown Settlement is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12; children under 6 are free. Parking is free. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit historyisfun.org/focused.



Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Serve Up ‘Foods & Feasts’ Special Event and Museum Store Sunday During Thanksgiving Weekend, Following Safety Protocols

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 19, 2020 ­– This Thanksgiving holiday, enjoy family friendly programs and demonstrations during Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s annual “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” special event on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, along with special shopping opportunities during Museum Store Sunday on November 29. FOODS &

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New ‘Fall Into History’ Family Programs Offered November 9-20 With Special Museum Admission, In-Person Education Stations and Virtual Activities

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 5, 2020 – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer special admission November 9-20 during “Fall Into History” – a new way for families to explore 17th- and 18th-century Virginia history with a blend of in-person educational programs, virtual learning activities and access to a guided tour with a museum educator. [caption id="atta

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Jamestown Settlement Hosts ‘American Indian Heritage Celebration’ October 10 & 11

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 1, 2020 — Jamestown Settlement is proud to present an “American Indian Heritage Celebration” on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, featuring song, dance, music, storytelling, demonstrations and children’s activities honoring American Indian history and culture. Discover new ways to connect with the stories of our shared history during this special two-day celebra

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‘Yorktown Victory Celebration’ on October 17 Salutes America’s Decisive Revolutionary War Victory

Take the Yorktown Trolley to Enjoy Weekend Events at Historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield YORKTOWN, Va., September 30, 2020 — The 239th anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, with a variety of events and activities at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Yorktown Battlefield and throughout

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It’s Back to ‘Homeschool Program Days’ September 5-20 at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Special Admission Offers In-Person and Virtual Museum Learning Experiences     WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 17, 2020 – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer special admission September 5-20 during “Homeschool Program Days,” an annual opportunity for homeschooling families to explore 17th- and 18th-century Virginia history with a blend of i

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Jamestown Settlement Presents ‘An Afternoon with Dr. Lucy Worsley’ Live Virtual Lecture on September 2

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 6, 2020 — Dr. Lucy Worsley, OBE, one of British television’s leading public historians and author and chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, returns to Jamestown Settlement virtually on September 2 at 4 p.m. for “An Afternoon with Dr. Lucy Worsley” to present a live online lecture based on her book “If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home.” Advance reservat

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‘Liberty Celebration’ July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 22, 2020 ­– This Fourth of July, salute the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, June 24, with adjustments to operations and access to outdoor living-history areas and gallery exhibits so visitors can enjoy

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‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition to Reopen for Limited Time Through July 8, Features Artwork of Titus Kaphar

Tells Stories of African Americans during the Revolutionary War, Features Rare Documents, Artifacts and Contemporary Artwork by Titus Kaphar YORKTOWN, Va., June 19, 2020 – The “Forgotten Soldier: African Americans in the Revolutionary War” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will reopen June 24 for an extended two-week showing through July 8, 2020. The American Rev

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Summer History Camps at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Go Virtual

Digital Explorers to Offer Live Online Summer Fun June 24 to August 19 WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 17, 2020 ­– Summer history camps are going virtual at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with the launch of a new Digital Explorers program offering summertime fun for families online with crafts, activities, stories and live learning opportunities for one hour each week

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‘TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia’ Special Exhibition Wins Prestigious 2020 AASLH Leadership in History Award of Excellence

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 5, 2020 — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has announced that the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for last year’s “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to Reopen June 24, Taking Steps to Welcome Visitors This Summer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 4, 2020 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation remains closed in response to COVID-19, but anticipates Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to reopen on Wednesday, June 24, as Virginia moves into phase two of its Forward Virginia plan. “We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our museums,” said Christy S. Coleman, executive director of the J

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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

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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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 21, 2020 — The American Society of Marine Artists, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to marine art and history, will open its 18th National Exhibition at Jamestown Settlement on March 7 through April 26, 2020. [caption id="attachment_30466" align="alignright" width="379"] Good Things Come, oil, © Lisa Egeli, F/ASMA[/caption] Since i

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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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