Teacher Workshops

October 24 - Pory Proceedings Teacher Workshop

The Pory Proceedings and the first meeting of the Virginia General Assembly Teacher Workshop, October 24.

Page 1 'Proceedings of the First General Assembly ,' July 30, 1619, Courtesy of the National Archives of the UK

Page 1 ‘Proceedings of the First General Assembly ,’ July 30, 1619, Courtesy of the National Archives of the UK, CO 1/1.

This half-day teacher workshop on October 24 will provide an opportunity to see the Pory Proceedings from the first General Assembly, and use this rare document as a lens to examine the historical context of the founding of Jamestown. Teacher re-certification will be provided. Register for the workshop.

When Governor Yeardley arrived in Virginia in April 1619 he called for the meeting of the first representative assembly in Virginia to be held in the summer at Jamestown. Along with the governor and his appointed council of state, the colonists “by pluralitie of voices” selected two burgesses from each settlement to represent them and speak for them. The first assembly performed a range of different functions. It passed laws that represented concerns of both the Virginia Company officials and of the local residents, served as a court for hearing petitions from colonists and established the basic procedures of Virginia government.

Pages of “The Proceedings of the First General Assembly, July 30, 1619,” written by John Pory, will be on display at Jamestown Settlement from July 3 to September 30, 2019, for the first time in America since they were penned at Jamestown in 1619.

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Teachers will experience a guided tour of gallery and outdoor areas at Jamestown Settlement with a focus on the Proceedings of the First General Assembly and representative government.
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Teachers will take part in the Rule of Law program in the re-constructed church at Jamestown Settlement.
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Teachers will visit the Collections room for a behind-the-scenes perspective at Jamestown Settlement, including a discussion with a curator.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Reflective roundtable to discuss JYF curriculum, implementing lessons in the classroom, and educator needs.