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‘Liberty Celebration’ July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 22, 2020 ­– This Fourth of July, salute the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, June 24, with adjustments to operations and access to outdoor living-history areas and gallery exhibits so visitors can enjoy the museum experience while following new safety protocols and social-distancing procedures.

July 4 -- Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4, visitors can enjoy interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence, as well as those for whom the new nation’s rights of freedom and liberty did not apply.

Indoors and out, enjoy these liberty experiences:

— See a rare July 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence duplicated in mass to spread the word of liberty from town to town featured in an immersive gallery exhibit surrounded by signatures of this famous document’s signers.

— Catch “Liberty Fever” – the museum’s introductory film, shown throughout the day in the main theater.

— Take part in patriotic programming in outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition Extended Through July 8

As Patriots fought for the freedom of a nation, thousands of men, women and children remained enslaved. “Forgotten Soldier,” a special exhibition reopening for a two-week extended showing through July 8, explores personal stories of African-American soldiers and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation. Take in rare artifacts and documents – some side-by-side together for the first time since 1783 – and compelling art that traces the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the Revolutionary War. View an original work by Titus Kaphar, American contemporary artist and 2018 MacArthur Fellow whose work reconfigures subjects in art history, often reinserting African Americans into familiar narratives of the past. This 3D sculpture invites visitors to “shift their gaze” or look at history through a new lens to contemplate these soldiers often overlooked in historical accounts. The project is in partnership with the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.

Outdoor Living-History Experiences at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visitors can experience the life of 18th-century soldiers and citizens in outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

At the Continental Army encampment, historical interpreters describe and depict daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies. In the artillery amphitheater, feel the thunder of a cannon blast as historical interpreters fire a salute to our nation’s founders. Artillery demonstrations will begin at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., and a program on feeding the troops will take place at 2 p.m.

Throughout the day on the re-created Revolution-era farm, visitors can learn how farmers during the Revolution became more self-sufficient by growing and processing flax, cotton and wool for homespun cloth. Visitors can see what is cooking in the farm kitchen as historical interpreters prepare a variety of 18th-century dishes on the hearth, using historical recipes from Virginia’s earliest cookbooks, as well as foods of enslaved people and the evolution of period dishes through cultural influences. Food preparation is for demonstration purposes only.

Admission

“Liberty Celebration,” funded in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund, is included with museum admission: $15.25 for adults, $7.75 for youth ages 6-12 and free for children under age 6. A value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, is $27.50 for adults and $13.50 for ages 6-12.  Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.

About the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, located on Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, tells the story of the nation’s founding, capturing the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today.

Indoor gallery exhibits and films are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through August 15, with living-history areas open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking at the museum is free for museum visitors. On July 4, the Yorktown Trolley will offer free shuttle service to Historic Yorktown from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information about “Liberty Celebration” and safety and social-distancing protocols at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visit historyisfun.org.



‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition to Reopen for Limited Time Through July 8, Features Artwork of Titus Kaphar

Tells Stories of African Americans during the Revolutionary War, Features Rare Documents, Artifacts and Contemporary Artwork by Titus Kaphar YORKTOWN, Va., June 19, 2020 – The “Forgotten Soldier: African Americans in the Revolutionary War” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will reopen June 24 for an extended two-week showing through July 8, 2020. The American Rev

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Summer History Camps at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Go Virtual

Digital Explorers to Offer Live Online Summer Fun June 24 to August 19 WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 17, 2020 ­– Summer history camps are going virtual at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with the launch of a new Digital Explorers program offering summertime fun for families online with crafts, activities, stories and live learning opportunities for one hour each week

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‘TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia’ Special Exhibition Wins Prestigious 2020 AASLH Leadership in History Award of Excellence

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 5, 2020 — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has announced that the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for last year’s “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to Reopen June 24, Taking Steps to Welcome Visitors This Summer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 4, 2020 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation remains closed in response to COVID-19, but anticipates Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to reopen on Wednesday, June 24, as Virginia moves into phase two of its Forward Virginia plan. “We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our museums,” said Christy S. Coleman, executive director of the J

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Launches Series of Live Weekly Webcasts from ‘History Happy Hour’ to ‘Historical Solutions to Modern-Day Problems’

Virtual Offerings Join Collection of History is Fun at Home Online Resources WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 18, 2020 – Tune in to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s new lineup of live weekly webcasts, from a five-part “History Happy Hour” series exploring distillation and brewing in early America to “Historical Solutions to Modern-Day Problems” offering practical tips on how to tie knots for everyday

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation to Implement Cost-Saving Measures in Response to COVID-19 Impacts

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 10, 2020 – In order to address financial impacts of COVID-19, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees Executive Committee voted today, April 10, to implement cost-saving measures to mitigate expected losses in earned revenues in the current FY2020 budget, as well as to address unknowns in the FY2021 budget. Among the measures to fill a $1.2 million funding g

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Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Offer Virtual Museum Experiences, Online Education Resources & Living-History Broadcasts for At-Home Audiences

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 23, 2020­ – While you can’t visit our museums in person, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown have a variety of online resources to visit the museums virtually through apps, blogs, interactives, videos and a series of curriculum-based lesson plans for teachers and students learning at home. History is Fun at Home (historyisfun.org/at-home)

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Closes Three Sites Until Further Notice by Governor Order in Response to Coronavirus

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 17, 2020 -- Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation museums and its central support facility have closed to the public and staff, following an order by Governor Northam to close all state facilities on the Peninsula until further notice in the ongoing response to COVID-19. The closing impacts Jamestown Settlement, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and its Central Support

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Temporarily Closes Living-History Museums to the Public March 14-29

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 13, 2020 —The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown museums, will temporarily close the living-history museums to the public beginning Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 29. Out of an abundance of caution to manage the risks posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Jamestown-Y

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Museums Cancel Upcoming Events & Programs

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 13, 2020 — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown museums, is working to manage the risks posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to prevent and control the potential spread of Coronavirus in large public gatherings, and following Governor Northam’s declaration of a

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Features Centuries of Military History From Medieval to Modern Day March 21-22 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 11, 2020 — In just one weekend, visitors can experience centuries of military history during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” on Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, with this year’s event hosting a special USO Show presenting patriotic entertainment. “Military Through the Ages,” held at Jamestown Settlement each year since 1984, will fea

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Acquires Rare 1627 Edition of Captain John Smith’s ‘Generall Historie’ for Permanent Exhibit at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 4, 2020 — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has acquired a rare 1627 edition of Captain John Smith’s “The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles” for future display at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. [caption id="attachment_30770" align="alignright" width="300"] Detail of pages of “The Generall Historie of Virginia, New

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‘After Angelo’ Special Event on February 29 at Jamestown Settlement Culminates ‘African-American Cultural Heritage Month’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 24, 2020 — “African-American Cultural Heritage Month” at Jamestown Settlement will culminate with a lively celebration of African-American culture and heritage honoring the legacy of the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown as “After Angelo” returns for a special one-day event on Saturday, February 29. Festivities from 11 a.

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American Society of Marine Artists to Open 18th National Exhibition at Jamestown Settlement March 7 through April 26

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 21, 2020 — The American Society of Marine Artists, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to marine art and history, will open its 18th National Exhibition at Jamestown Settlement on March 7 through April 26, 2020. [caption id="attachment_30466" align="alignright" width="379"] Good Things Come, oil, © Lisa Egeli, F/ASMA[/caption] Since i

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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2020 — Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will present “African-American Cultural Heritage Month” throughout the month of February, featuring engaging gallery exhibits and educational programs that reflect and honor the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans in our nation’s history. At Jamestown Settlem

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement Living-History Museums Experience Visitation and Revenue Increases in 2019

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2020 – Paid visitation in 2019 at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 536,496, an increase of .5 percent from 2018. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,890,586 in 2019, up 4.2 percent. In 2019, paid attendance at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktow

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement Experience Visitation and Revenue Increases in 2019

Online Bookings for Tickets Up Nearly 33 Percent WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2020 – Paid visitation in 2019 at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 536,496, an increase of .5 percent from 2018. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,890,586 in 2019, up 4.2 percent. In 2019, paid a

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Recruiting for Group Educators to Engage Visitors in Story of America’s Past

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 30, 2020 — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is recruiting group educators to teach visitors of all ages about historical events of the 17th- and 18th-century Virginia at its hands-on living-history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. On Thursday, Feb. 6, a recruitment fair at Jamestown Settlement will be held for interested a

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