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‘Liberty Celebration’ Drums Up Patriotic Fun July 4 at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 10, 2019 — Salute the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations, as well as learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

To mark the patriotic occasion, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer a special lineup on July 4.

Patriotic Music & Living-History Demonstrations

 Liberty Celebration - Fifes and Drums of York Town

The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 11:30 a.m. July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform on the museum’s event lawn at 11:30 a.m. and, at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. join in the “Great American 4th of July Sing-along” with the Cigar Box String Band playing songs from American history that everyone knows by heart.

At the Continental Army encampment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can enlist to discover the responsibilities of a soldier in the fight for independence.  At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., learn the drill to fire an artillery piece and then witness as the Continental Army crew fires a cannon salute to our nation’s founders. At 4 p.m., join with other citizens to train as a member of the Continental Army in “To Arms, To Arms…,” a program using Von Steuben’s manual of arms to teach new soldiers how to march and drill.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Revolution-era farm, check out what’s cooking in the colonial kitchen as farmers prepare 18th-century dishes on the open hearth, using historical recipes from early Virginia cookbooks. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can learn how farmers became more self-sufficient during wartime by raising and processing flax, cotton and wool for homespun cloth in “From Field to Fabric.”

Indoor Gallery Exhibits & “Forgotten Soldier” Special Exhibition

Indoors, view a rare broadside of the Declaration of Independence dating to July 1776 and enjoy showings of “Liberty Fever,” the award-winning introductory film in the museum theater. A new special exhibition, “Forgotten Soldier,” shares personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation. The exhibition uses rare documents and artifacts, interactives and compelling art, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar, to trace the experiences of African-American soldiers who took part in the American cause for a free and independent nation or took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom.

The event is funded in part by the York County Arts Commission and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund.

Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s “Liberty Celebration” daytime events complement the Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration taking place in historic Yorktown on the evening of July 4.

Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), is $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Admission is free for residents of York and James City counties and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, with proof of residency.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. Parking is free for museum visitors. A free shuttle service is available to historic Yorktown until 5 p.m. on the Yorktown Trolley. For information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit historyisfun.org.



Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sailing to Norfolk for 43rd Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 5, 2019 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will participate in the 43rd Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 7-9. Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed will take part in a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads and arrives off Town Point Park at noon, Friday,

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‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition to Debut June 29 at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., May 24, 2019 — Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation in “Forgotten Soldier,” a new special exhibition opening June 29, 2019, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Rare documents and artifacts, interactives and compelling art, including a n

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Former Mount Vernon Archaeology Director Joins Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as New Director of Curatorial Services

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 10, 2019 – Luke Pecoraro, a historical archaeologist and former director of archaeology at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as the agency’s new director of curatorial services. Pecoraro, who started on May 10, will be responsible for research, collections management and exhibit development at Jamestown Settlement and the America

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William & Mary Phi Beta Kappa Honors Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation With 2019 Life Long Learning Award

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 13, 2019 – The Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Chapter of Virginia at William & Mary recognized the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation with the 2019 Life Long Learning Award for its “continuing pursuit of knowledge,” given to one individual and one organization or institution each year. The Chapter acknowledged the “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” special exhibition

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Jamestown Settlement Presents ‘MY TENACITY!’ Weekend Celebrating 400 Years of Tenacious Women in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 2, 2019 — If you’re not one, you know one! Tenacious women, from 1619 to today, are celebrated June 8-9 as Jamestown Settlement presents “MY TENACITY!” with a weekend of female musicians, dancers, spoken-word artists, character portrayals, children’s activities and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special ticketed after-hours outdoor concert from 6 to 10 p.m. Throughout

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‘Jamestown Day’ at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne Marks 412th Anniversary of America’s first permanent English colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2019 — On Saturday, May 11, Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne will offer a range of programs marking the 412th anniversary of the 1607 founding of America’s first permanent English settlement. “Jamestown Day” features one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River and Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort. 

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Jamestown Settlement Presents ‘Mother Tongue,’ an Original Play Inspired by ‘TENACITY’ Special Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 18, 2019 — Jamestown Settlement is proud to present the premiere of “Mother Tongue,” an original play written by Abigail Schumann, that explores the stories of three women of Jamestown – Matoaka, Anne Burras Laydon and Angelo – as they come together to consider if, and how, the future will remember them and why it matters. This new production will take the stage in the

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Registration Open for Summer History Camps at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 3, 2019 – Registration is now open for summer history camps at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, offering hands-on fun this summer for young people age 4 through fourth grade. “Broadside” summer history camps immerse children in 17th-century colonial Virginia and the American Revolution through stories, games, craft activities and visi

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement History Museums Experience Decline in 2018 Visitation, Revenue

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 28, 2019 – Paid visitation in 2018 at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 533,730, a decrease of 12.6 percent from 2017. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,652,533 in 2018, down 9.9 percent. In 2018, paid attendance at the American Revolution Museum at Yor

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Jamestown Settlement to Present Tenacious Women Lecture Series as Speakers Expand on ‘Tenacity’ Special Exhibition Themes

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 27, 2019 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present a “Tenacious Women Lecture Series” on Thursday evenings from March through November in conjunction with the yearlong special exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.” The eight-part lecture series features scholars, curators and authors speakin

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Features Centuries of Military History in One Weekend With Special Salute to Women’s Wartime Roles

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 22, 2019 — In just one weekend, visitors can experience centuries of military history during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” event on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17. This year’s event will feature a special salute to women’s roles in the military and their contributions during times of war. “Military Through the Ages,” held at Jamest

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Jamestown Settlement Presents ‘After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America’ on February 23

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2019 — African-American women, from 1619 to today, are honored as Jamestown Settlement presents “After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America” on February 23. The legacy of Angelo, the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, and African-American women in Virginia are celebrated with a day of music, dramatic performance and his

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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2019 — Throughout February, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will present “African-American Cultural Heritage Month,” featuring a variety of programs that reflect and honor the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans in our nation’s history. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first recorded African

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‘Blast From the Past: Artillery In The War of Independence’ Special Exhibition Extended to March 3 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

 YORKTOWN, Va., January 4, 2019 — The “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown has been extended through March 3, 2019. Visitors can experience artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution by American, French and British forces through interactive experiences and artifact displays. “Blast from the Past,

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