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2021 Lectures


Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are proud to host a new “Talking History Lecture Series” offering free public lectures throughout 2021 that link storylines found in the museums’ exhibition galleries and share how these vast moments in America’s past influenced its progression to the present.

Lectures require advance registration and are live on-site at our museums, with limited capacity and protective protocols in place to ensure a safe event experience. Recorded videos will be made available to view online following each presentation – based on prior approval from individual guest lecturers.

September 14 • 7 p.m.
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, cultural critic & journalist, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will speak and join in a conversation with Christy S. Coleman about the intersections of his work, memory and contested history. His book “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow” will be available for purchase and signing. Presented at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on September 14 at 7 p.m., admission to this live lecture is limited and advance online registration is required.

Registration for this lecture will open to the public on August 17.

The Indispensables: Marblehead’s Diverse Soldier Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware

Patrick K. O’Donnell, bestselling, critically acclaimed military historian and expert on elite units, delivers the first presentation of his new book, “The Indispensables: Marblehead’s Diverse Soldier Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware” at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

No More Stolen Sisters

Tracy Y. Roberts of the Occoneechee of Virginia and contemporary photographer whose work is featured in the “FOCUSED” special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement, presents “No More Stolen Sisters” to bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and children through compelling photography and discussion.

Lafayette, Napoleon and the French Revolution

Mark Schneider, Williamsburg-based veteran historical interpreter, explores “Lafayette, Napoleon and the French Revolution” at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The Continuing Role of Virginia Indian Women in Leadership

First in the “Talking History” lecture series, Diana Gates (Nottoway), Managing Senior Tribal Specialist with the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development, examines “The Continuing Role of Virginia Indian Women in Leadership” at Jamestown Settlement.

Dressing for the Past

Go behind the scenes with historical clothing manager Chris Daley to discover how period clothing is re-created at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. As a tailor working with 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 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.

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.

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, returned to Jamestown Settlement virtually in September 2020 as she presented a live online lecture based on her book “If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home.” Lecture video not 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.