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$250,000 CHALLENGE GRANT FROM MARY MORTON PARSONS FOUNDATION SUPPORTS ‘AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN’ GALLERIES

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., December 14, 2012 – The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation of Richmond has pledged a $250,000 challenge grant in support of gallery exhibits at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to open by late 2016. Work is under way on the new museum, which will replace the Yorktown Victory Center. The Parsons Foundation will match 50 percent of up to $500,000 in gi

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JUDY WASON APPOINTED, H. BENSON DENDY III REAPPOINTED TO JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION BOARD

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., December 7, 2012 – Judy F. Wason of Williamsburg was appointed and H. Benson Dendy III of Richmond reappointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell to the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virgini

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‘A COLONIAL CHRISTMAS’ MAKES HISTORICAL HOLIDAYS FUN

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 20, 2012 — History makes the holidays fun at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center during “A Colonial Christmas,” December 1-31, 2012. The month-long event explores 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special tours and interpretive programs and, from December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period. Songs and sounds of the season wil

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‘FOODS & FEASTS’ HOLIDAY EVENT SERVES UP COLONIAL COOKING METHODS

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 13, 2012 — Savor the Thanksgiving holiday by exploring centuries-old cooking and preservation methods during Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 22-24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual three-day event begins on Thanksgiving Day.   At Jamestown Sett

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‘HISTORY IS FUN FOR THE HOLIDAYS’ TICKET & PACKAGE AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 1, 2012 — Families can discover 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center with a “History is Fun for the Holidays” online ticket and vacation package available through December. History makes the holidays fun during seasonal events “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 22-24, and “A Colonial Christ

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‘ALL ABOUT THE REVOLUTION’ BLOG AIMS TO SPARK INTEREST IN REVOLUTIONARY TOPICS

 WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 18, 2012 – “All About the Revolution,” a blog that delves into an array of historical topics relating to the American Revolution and early national period, marks its first anniversary with “Yorktown’s Fame Predates the Revolution.”  Access to the blog is from the home page of hif.ciniva.net, the website for Jamestown Settl

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SENIOR DEVELOPMENT AND PRINCIPAL GIFTS DIRECTORS NAMED AT JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 16, 2012 – Julie Westhafer Basic and Carter S. Sonders, both of Williamsburg, have assumed new leadership roles in the development office of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, which operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.  Ms. Basic has been appointed senior director of development, and Ms. Sonders has been named director o

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WOODY HOLTON TO PRESENT ‘ORIGINS OF THE CONSTITUTION’ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, AT YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER

YORKTOWN, Va., October 15, 2012 – The Yorktown Victory Center’s 2012 Revolutionary War lecture series culminates October 27 with “Origins of the Constitution,” presented by Abner (Woody) Linwood Holton III, author and professor of history and American Studies at the University of Richmond. Admission to the 7 p.m. Saturday evening lecture is free.  Advance reservations are recommended by calling

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AMERICA’S DECISIVE REVOLUTIONARY WAR VICTORY IN YORKTOWN CELEBRATED OCTOBER 19-21

YORKTOWN, Va., October 2, 2012 – The 231st anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be marked with a three-day celebration, beginning with a patriotic parade and commemorative ceremony on Friday, October 19 – Yorktown Day – in historic Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield. A variety of engaging hands-on military interpretive programs and tours continue on Saturd

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AMERICA’S HISTORIC TRIANGLE OFFERS HOLIDAY FUN IN EVERY CORNER

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 1, 2012 — ’Tis the season for holiday fun in America’s Historic Triangle, where a year-round vacation package allows visitors to take in the sights and sounds of the season with engaging living-history programs and special events that bring fresh perspectives to stories of the nation’s beginnings – the 1607 founding at Jamestown of the first permanent English colony, Rev

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GODSPEED SETS SAIL THIS FALL FOR LANCASTER, URBANNA

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 28, 2012 – The Godspeed is embarking on two voyages this fall, to Lancaster County in October and Urbanna in November, from its home port of Jamestown Settlement, a state-operated museum of 17th-century Virginia.   The ship, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonist

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Yorktown Victory Center 2012 Revolutionary War Lecture Series Features Four Speakers in September, October

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2012 REVOLUTIONARY WAR LECTURE SERIES FEATURES FOUR SPEAKERS IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER

YORKTOWN, Va., August 27, 2012 – History professors and authors Fred Anderson of the University of Colorado, Abner (Woody) Linwood Holton III of the University of Richmond and John Tilley of East Carolina University will join Yorktown Victory Center Senior Curator Sarah Meschutt in presenting this year’s Revolutionary War lecture series on Saturday evenings, September 22 and 29 and O

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SPECIAL MUSEUM ADMISSION FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES ON SEPTEMBER 8-23

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 20, 2012 – As the traditional school year gets under way, homeschool families can enjoy history lessons at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, with a special ticket available September 8-23. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of

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FUN AND GAMES IN AUGUST WITH ‘PASTIMES OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 24, 2012 — Ever spin a whirligig on a string or roll a hoop with a stick?  “Pastimes of Colonial Virginia” – games and amusements of the 17th and 18th centuries – will be the focus of interpretive programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums throughout the month of August. At Jamestown Settlem

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JAMES CITY COUNTY GRANT SUPPORTS 2013 EXHIBITION, ‘JAMESTOWN’S LEGACY TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 20, 2012 – James City County has provided a grant of $115,000 in support of a special exhibition opening next year at Jamestown Settlement living-history museum.  From March 1, 2013, through January 20, 2014, “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” will profile American Revolution-period descendants of people associated with 17th-centu

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VIRGINIA SENATOR MCDOUGLE, DELEGATE STOLLE JOIN JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION BOARD

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 28, 2012 – Virginia Senator Ryan T. McDougle of Mechanicsville and Delegate Christopher P. Stolle of Virginia Beach have joined the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virginia.  Both

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JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION STAFF, VOLUNTEERS HONORED FOR ACHIEVEMENT, SERVICE

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 25, 2012 – Three staff members of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums, received meritorious service awards at a June 5 event that also recognized 61 employees for reaching service milestones and 128 individuals for commitment to the Foundation’s volunteer program.

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YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER’S ‘LIBERTY CELEBRATION’ SALUTES AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE JULY 3-4

YORKTOWN, Va., June 15, 2012 — The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, will join in saluting the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3-4.    From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, visitors can interact with Revolutionary War re-enactors, obse

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CONSTRUCTION OF YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER REPLACEMENT TO START

YORKTOWN, Va., June 15, 2012 – Work begins this month on building the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to replace the Yorktown Victory Center.  W.M. Jordan Company, Inc., of Newport News is construction manager for the first phases of the project, expected to total $20.7 million, including a new 80,000-square-foot facility and visitor parking areas and eventual demolition of

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HISTORICAL SUMMER THEMES, HANDS-ON PROGRAMS MAKE HISTORY FUN

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 31, 2012 — History is a blast this summer at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, two living-history museums that tell of America’s beginnings. In addition to enhanced artillery demonstrations and hands-on interpretive programs, historical themes – “Seed to Stalk” in June and “Pastimes of Colonial Virginia” in Augu

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BEAZLEY FOUNDATION GRANT WILL SUPPORT EXHIBITS AT NEW YORKTOWN MUSEUM

YORKTOWN, Va., May 24, 2012 – A grant of $50,000 from the Beazley Foundation, Inc., of Portsmouth will support gallery exhibits in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown planned to replace the Yorktown Victory Center.  A legacy of the late Fred W. Beazley, the foundation provides grants for an array of organizations and programs serving southeastern Virginia. The Yorktown Vic

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June 9 Lecture at Jamestown Settlement Mirrors ‘Gateway to the Modern World’ Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 22, 2012 – In connection with the Jamestown Settlement exhibition “The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World,” Twyla Kitts of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will present “Captains, Monarchs, Philosophers, and Merchants: Picturing the 17th Century,” a free public lecture at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation

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YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER REPLACEMENT WILL BE NAMED ‘AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 10, 2012 – Along with a physical transformation of the Yorktown Victory Center will come a new name – “American Revolution Museum at Yorktown” – adopted today by the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement history museums, and endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Jamestown-Yo

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Will Join Opsail 2012 Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 8, 2012 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a replica of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, is participating in OpSail 2012 Virginia, with visits to Yorktown and Norfolk in June.  The Port of Virginia and five other historic U.S. ports – New Orleans, New York City, Baltimore, Boston and N

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DAY OF DISCOVERY AND FUN AT ‘JAMESTOWN DAY’ MAY 12

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2012 — Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 405th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement on Saturday, May 12, with family-friendly tours and activities, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music, storytelling and entertainment. A day of discovery and fun, “Jamestown Day” featu

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‘THE YORKTOWN CHRONICLES’ DEBUTS ON HISTORYISFUN.ORG

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 17, 2012 – The generals who commanded opposing sides at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown have leading roles in “The Yorktown Chronicles,” a new section of historyisfun.org, a website of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. “The Yorktown Chronicl

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‘VIRGINIA ECONOMY IN THE 17TH CENTURY’ FOCUS OF JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT LECTURES ON APRIL 28 & MAY 19

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 10, 2012 — Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present “Virginia Economy in the 17th Century,” a two-part evening lecture series on Saturdays, April 28 and May 19, in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the cultivation of tobacco as a cash crop in Virginia. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND TO MAKE JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER PART OF WILLIAMSBURG AREA EXPERIENCE

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 21, 2012 – From a weekend getaway to a weeklong vacation, there are many ways to include Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center in a Williamsburg destination itinerary, with a range of ticket and package options available at hif.ciniva.net/Vacation-Packages.htm.  The two living-history museums tell the story of the nation’s beginnings, from the arrival of

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Annual ‘Military Through the Ages’ Event Marks Civil War, War of 1812 Milestones on March 17-18

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 2, 2012 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together on March 17 and 18 for Jamestown Settlement’s annual “Military Through the Ages.”  This year’s chronological display of military history will feature 34 groups based in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Among the uni

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26 YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE RECOGNIZED AS U.S. CITIZENS IN MARCH 10 CEREMONY AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 28, 2012 – For the first time in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, a Certificate of Citizenship ceremony will be held at Jamestown Settlement history museum for children of recently naturalized United States citizens.  The event on Saturday, March 10, is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and t

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SPECIAL ADMISSION FEBRUARY 18-26 FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER

WILLIAMSBURG, February 16, 2012 —A special ticket for homeschool families will be available February 18-26 for admission to Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. At $10.50 per family

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JOHN CASTEEN, SUSAN GENOVESE, SUE ELLEN ROCOVICH JOIN JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION BOARD

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2012 – John T. Casteen III of Keswick, Susan L. Genovese of Midlothian and Sue Ellen Rocovich of Roanoke have joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees.  All were appointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell, who also reappointed Ervin L. Jordan, Jr., of Charlottesville.  Dr. Casteen and Dr. Rocovich, appointed to terms through June 20

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Make an Art-History Connection February 11 at Jamestown Settlement’s ‘Community Day’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2012 — Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, is known for its artifact-filled gallery exhibits and hands-on interpretation in re-creations of a Powhatan village, 1607 ships and colonial fort. On February 11, “Community Day” guests to can make an art-history connection with family tours, lecture and a children’s craft activity re

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Special Programs Throughout 2012 Enrich Experience at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – An exhibition of distinctive works of art from across the globe, series of lectures, and themed events enhance daily offerings in 2012 at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, year-round living-history museums that tell the story of America’s beginnings.  The museums feature gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in outdoor re-created

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‘FROM AFRICA TO VIRGINIA’ MONTH FEATURES LECTURES, THEMED TOURS

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 20, 2012 – “From Africa to Virginia” is the theme of interpretive programs throughout February at Jamestown Settlement history museum.  Lectures at 2 p.m. Sundays, February 12 and 19, complement a monthlong focus on the culture of the first known Africans in Virginia and the experience of Africans in colonial America. Lauranett L. Lee, Virg

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GORDON ANGLES, ALEXANDER WILSON ELECTED TO JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION, INC., BOARD

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Jan. 19, 2012 – Gordon C. Angles of Williamsburg and H. Alexander Wilson III of Mathews County have been elected to four-year terms, through 2015, on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors.  The Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit entity that coordinates fundraising to benefit programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state age

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Special Programs Throughout 2011 Engage Visitors at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

SPECIAL PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT 2011 ENGAGE VISITORS AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Beginning with a “From Africa to Virginia” theme in February, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center offer an array of commemorative special events and family-friendly themed interpretive programs throughout 2011, as well as seven public lectures present

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2011 PAID VISITATION DOWN SLIGHTLY, ADMISSION SALES UP AT JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT AND YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Jan. 13, 2012 – While paid attendance at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center declined slightly in 2011, admissions revenue rose.  Paid visitation at the two living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation totaled 586,341 in 2011, a decline of 1.5 percent from 2010.  Admission sales amounted to $5,167,050, an i

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