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Jamestown Settlement Commemorates 400th Anniversary of 1619 Legislative Assembly with ‘Democracy Weekend’ July 27 & 28

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 23, 2019 Jamestown Settlement’s “Origins of American Democracy” theme month culminates on July 27 and 28 with “Democracy Weekend,” featuring interpretive programs and military exercises honoring the first General Assembly, the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere, as 20 “burgesses” convened at Jamestown in 1619. Programs will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.

Jamestown Settlement, an official partner of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, is a year-round stage for special exhibitions, events and programs honoring the 400th anniversary of key historical events in Virginia in 1619. This living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia is located adjacent to Historic Jamestowne.

Public Invited to See Original ‘Proceedings of the First General Assembly’
on Exhibit from The National Archives of the U.K.

Page one of “Proceedings of the First General Assembly, July 30, 1619,” showing names of the Burgesses. On loan from The National Archives, UK, CO 1/1.

1619 Gallery Exhibits

A special commemorative exhibit features “The Proceedings of the First General Assembly,” the original minutes of the first legislative assembly that convened July 30, 1619 — on loan for the first time in America in 400 years from The National Archives of the U.K.  These rare and fragile pages of these original minutes, penned by Speaker John Pory, will be available for public viewing at Jamestown Settlement through September 30.

In expansive permanent gallery exhibits, visitors can immerse themselves in the stories of people and events in 17th-century Jamestown. Refreshed exhibits feature new research on the arrival of the first recorded west central Africans in 1619 and the growth in slavery through 1699, as well as the impact of the Virginia Company of London’s effort to recruit English women to stabilize the colony. On July 27 and 28, education programs at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in gallery exhibits will allow visitors to put their leadership skills to the test on circumstances from supplying the Virginia colony to negotiating peace between Powhatan Indian and English colonists.

Interactive Living-History Experiences

Visitors can take an active role in living history alongside costumed interpreters with a range of historical presentations and enhanced programming in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and 1610-14 fort. Join in a drill to defend the colony at the re-created James Fort, discuss the “Laws Divine Moral and Martial” in the governor’s house, learn about the rule of law from inside the church and head to the re-created village to explore Powhatan Indian politics at the werowance’s yehakin.

Demonstrations on July 27 and 28 include:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Visit the Werowance’s Yehakin to explore Powhatan politics and examine the complex relationships between English colonists, the Powhatan Indians and other Virginia Indian tribes.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: In 1609, the Virginia Company obtained a new charter authorizing the appointment of a governor with “full and absolute power and authority.” Explore the Governor’s House to see how someone of his station lived and learn about the “Laws Divine Moral and Martial” that would rule the colony for much of its early years.

10 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Calling all musketeers, pikemen and targeteers! Grab a musket, join in a 17th-century military drill and march your way for firsthand training in Defending the Colony!

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.: Learn about the Rule of Law from inside the re-created Anglican church, exploring the various forms of governmental rule that evolved at Jamestown and lead to the formation of the first representative legislative assembly in 1619.

12 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Learn about Powhatan Government and the methods used by paramount chief of the Powhatan Indians, Wahunsonacock, as he consolidated more than 30 tribes into a loose chiefdom under his rule and expanded his power far beyond that of his predecessors.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement, administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, features world-class exhibitions, immersive galleries and films, and interactive living-history experiences in re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 ships and a 1610-14 fort. The museum connects visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and west central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown.

Event is included with museum admission: $17.50 for adults, $8.25 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. A value-priced combination ticket is available with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. Parking is free.

Jamestown Settlement, located on Route 31 just south of Williamsburg, is open year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit https://www.historyisfun.org/democracyweekend/



19 Moments to Make Summer-Fun History at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 3, 2019 – It’s time to take a summer journey of historic proportions in 2019, a year that marks important milestones in history. Make the most of your summer days soaking in the stories of the people and events of America’s past at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. History is at your fingertips when visiting Jamestown Settlement and the

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‘Liberty Celebration’ Drums Up Patriotic Fun July 4 at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 10, 2019 — Salute the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations, as well as learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sailing to Norfolk for 43rd Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 5, 2019 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will participate in the 43rd Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 7-9. Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed will take part in a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads and arrives off Town Point Park at noon, Friday,

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‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition to Debut June 29 at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., May 24, 2019 — Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation in “Forgotten Soldier,” a new special exhibition opening June 29, 2019, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Rare documents and artifacts, interactives and compelling art, including a n

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Former Mount Vernon Archaeology Director Joins Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as New Director of Curatorial Services

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 10, 2019 – Luke Pecoraro, a historical archaeologist and former director of archaeology at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as the agency’s new director of curatorial services. Pecoraro, who started on May 10, will be responsible for research, collections management and exhibit development at Jamestown Settlement and the America

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William & Mary Phi Beta Kappa Honors Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation With 2019 Life Long Learning Award

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 13, 2019 – The Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Chapter of Virginia at William & Mary recognized the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation with the 2019 Life Long Learning Award for its “continuing pursuit of knowledge,” given to one individual and one organization or institution each year. The Chapter acknowledged the “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” special exhibition

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Jamestown Settlement Presents ‘MY TENACITY!’ Weekend Celebrating 400 Years of Tenacious Women in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 2, 2019 — If you’re not one, you know one! Tenacious women, from 1619 to today, are celebrated June 8-9 as Jamestown Settlement presents “MY TENACITY!” with a weekend of female musicians, dancers, spoken-word artists, character portrayals, children’s activities and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special ticketed after-hours outdoor concert from 6 to 10 p.m. Throughout

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‘Jamestown Day’ at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne Marks 412th Anniversary of America’s first permanent English colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2019 — On Saturday, May 11, Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne will offer a range of programs marking the 412th anniversary of the 1607 founding of America’s first permanent English settlement. “Jamestown Day” features one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River and Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort. 

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Jamestown Settlement Presents ‘Mother Tongue,’ an Original Play Inspired by ‘TENACITY’ Special Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 18, 2019 — Jamestown Settlement is proud to present the premiere of “Mother Tongue,” an original play written by Abigail Schumann, that explores the stories of three women of Jamestown – Matoaka, Anne Burras Laydon and Angelo – as they come together to consider if, and how, the future will remember them and why it matters. This new production will take the stage in the

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Registration Open for Summer History Camps at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 3, 2019 – Registration is now open for summer history camps at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, offering hands-on fun this summer for young people age 4 through fourth grade. “Broadside” summer history camps immerse children in 17th-century colonial Virginia and the American Revolution through stories, games, craft activities and visi

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement History Museums Experience Decline in 2018 Visitation, Revenue

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 28, 2019 – Paid visitation in 2018 at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 533,730, a decrease of 12.6 percent from 2017. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,652,533 in 2018, down 9.9 percent. In 2018, paid attendance at the American Revolution Museum at Yor

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Jamestown Settlement to Present Tenacious Women Lecture Series as Speakers Expand on ‘Tenacity’ Special Exhibition Themes

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 27, 2019 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present a “Tenacious Women Lecture Series” on Thursday evenings from March through November in conjunction with the yearlong special exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.” The eight-part lecture series features scholars, curators and authors speakin

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Features Centuries of Military History in One Weekend With Special Salute to Women’s Wartime Roles

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 22, 2019 — In just one weekend, visitors can experience centuries of military history during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” event on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17. This year’s event will feature a special salute to women’s roles in the military and their contributions during times of war. “Military Through the Ages,” held at Jamest

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Jamestown Settlement Presents ‘After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America’ on February 23

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2019 — African-American women, from 1619 to today, are honored as Jamestown Settlement presents “After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America” on February 23. The legacy of Angelo, the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, and African-American women in Virginia are celebrated with a day of music, dramatic performance and his

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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2019 — Throughout February, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will present “African-American Cultural Heritage Month,” featuring a variety of programs that reflect and honor the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans in our nation’s history. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first recorded African

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‘Blast From the Past: Artillery In The War of Independence’ Special Exhibition Extended to March 3 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

 YORKTOWN, Va., January 4, 2019 — The “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown has been extended through March 3, 2019. Visitors can experience artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution by American, French and British forces through interactive experiences and artifact displays. “Blast from the Past,

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