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2020 Lecture Series

Public lectures link storylines found in the museums’ exhibition galleries and share how these vast moments in America’s past influenced its progression to the present. Several 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 explore digital options  – now offering free live virtual lectures.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.  •  Date TBD

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


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.