WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 20, 2015 – As the traditional school year gets underway, homeschool families can enjoy history lessons at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, with special admission and hands-on programs and family tours available September 12-27. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The homeschool ticket – $12 per family member – provides unlimited admission to both museums September 12-27 and the opportunity to preregister at no additional cost for optional student hands-on classroom programs or family guided tours of the museums’ outdoor living-history areas – re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships, and colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, and a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. Children age 3 and under receive complimentary admission.
Ninety-minute family theme tours with classroom activities – “Coats of Arms” or “People, Plants and Animals”– are available at Jamestown Settlement for an additional $5 fee.
Hands-on student programs at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center last 90 minutes and address Virginia and United States standards of learning for history and social studies. Based on space availability, students can enroll in one of four programs at each museum, according to grade level from preschool through 12th grade:
Little Powhatans, Jamestown Settlement – Students take part in fun hands-on activities to learn how Powhatan Indians used natural resources to meet basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, and then visit the re-created Powhatan Indian village to play games to learn how Powhatan children sharpened hunting and gathering skills. Program Dates/Times: September 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25 (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Powhatan Indian World, Jamestown Settlement – Students handle and analyze clothing, bone tools and pottery of the Powhatan Indian culture and visit the re-created Powhatan Indian village to learn about food preparation and preservation through all five seasons. Program Dates/Times: September 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25 (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.)
Life at Jamestown, Jamestown Settlement – Students analyze artifacts and documents to learn about the daily life and struggles of the Jamestown colony and participate in a fort scavenger hunt to locate items that helped the colonists survive. Program Dates/Times: September 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25 (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.)
Voyage to Virginia, Jamestown Settlement – Students learn about the 1607 voyage to Virginia by exploring period navigational tools and dead-reckoning methods and taking part in lifting and lading cargo aboard a re-created ship. Program Dates/Times: September 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25 (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Family Programs at Jamestown Settlement
People, Plants and Animals, Jamestown Settlement – Hands-on tour of gallery exhibits and re-created Powhatan Indian village and fort allows families to use their senses to discover plants and animals that shared the 17th-century environment with Powhatan Indians and English colonists. Program Dates/Times: September 14, 18, 21, & 25 (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Additional $5 fee.
Coats of Arms, Jamestown Settlement – This guided tour of the gallery exhibits allows family members to discover clues about early Virginia colonists’ status and identity by looking for clues in works of art. Afterward, families can create their own Coat of Arms. Program Dates/Times: September 14, 18, 21, & 25 (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Additional $5 fee.
Family Guided Tours
Jamestown Settlement – A two-hour, hands-on history tour includes visits to outdoor living-history areas. Tour Dates/Times: September 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25 (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
Yorktown Victory Center – A two-hour, hands-on history tour includes visits to outdoor living-history areas. Tour Dates/Times: September 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25 (10 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m.)
The deadline to register for hands-on classroom programs and guided tours is 5 p.m. three business days prior to the program or tour. For more information about the Foundation’s homeschool programs or to register, contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 or toll-free (888) 868-7593.
Jamestown Settlement, located on Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg, features exhibition galleries and an introductory film that chronicles the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures. The Yorktown Victory Center, located on Route 1020 in Yorktown and undergoing a transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to open late 2016, features three Revolution-theme films, an illustrated timeline and exhibits.
For information about the museums, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit hif.ciniva.net.