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2020 Lecture Series

Several free public lectures scheduled in 2020 at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown have been impacted as a result of COVID-19, and we have worked to reschedule and explore digital options. Admission to public lectures is free. Reservations are required and available in advance of each lecture.


“FROM PAST TO PRESENT”
at Jamestown Settlement

Public lectures link storylines found in the museum’s exhibition galleries and share how these vast moments in America’s past influenced its progression to the present.

September 2, 4 p.m.
An Afternoon with Dr. Lucy Worsley: Dr. Lucy Worsley, OBE, one of British television’s leading public historians and chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, returns to Jamestown Settlement virtually as she presents a live online lecture based on her book “If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home.”

October 29, 7 p.m.
Whiskey In America – Education and Libation: Curatorial director Luke Pecoraro provides a brief introduction to distilled products made in colonial America and combines information drawn from the object biography of a new acquisition for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s American Revolution Museum at Yorktown a rare, 100-gallon capacity, stamped copper still made by either Francis Sanderson Sr, a Loyalist coppersmith, or his son, Francis Sanderson Jr. The biographical details of these coppersmiths are illustrative of the spirit behind the American Revolution and the early Republic, and are placed in context with the events formative to the nation’s founding. Registration to this free virtual lecture is limited and required here.

November 19, 7 p.m.
Fashion in Colonial Virginia: Historical clothing expert Chris Daley examines creating costume for interpretation, stage and screen in a free virtual lecture live from Jamestown Settlement. As a tailor working with and for museums since 1988, Chris explores how extant garments, period illustrations and historic documents are used to reproduce the clothing and accessories in exacting detail to give instant credibility to the wearer hundreds of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation historical interpreters representing multiple cultures and period occupations of the 17th- and 18th-century, including Virginia Indians, European settlers, west central Africans, mariners, farmers and soldiers. Reservations required and available to the public starting September 24.


“REVOLUTION!”
at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Public lectures explore the international perspective of revolution across the centuries and how these events impacted the lives of millions of ordinary people across the world.

February 25
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Emmy-award winning filmmaker, literary scholar and cultural critic, examines reconstruction and dawn of the Jim Crow era. Additional details to be provided once available.


Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with new protective protocols and social-distancing procedures to carefully create a safe environment for visitors to enjoy. A combination ticket to both museums is $27.50 for adults, $13.50 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. Parking is free. For more information on upcoming lectures, call (757) 253-4572.


The lecture series supported in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund. Find out how you can support our mission.