WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 26, 2014 – 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 6-21. 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 6-21 and the opportunity to pre-register 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. The homeschool ticket also includes admission to Jamestown Settlement’s “Community Day: On the Riverfront” event on September 20, featuring chantey singers, maritime programs, period games and a look at the new special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.”
Ninety-minute family theme tours with classroom activities – “Coats of Arms” or “People, Plants and Animals” at Jamestown Settlement – are available for an additional fee.
Hands-on programs 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 twelfth 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 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 & 18 (10:30 a.m. and 1 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 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 & 18 (10:30 a.m. and 1 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 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 & 18 (10:30 a.m. and 1 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 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 & 18 (10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Family Guided Tours of Outdoor Living-History Areas
Jamestown Settlement – A two-hour, hands-on history tour includes visits to outdoor living-history areas. Tour Dates/Times: September 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 & 18 (10:30 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 9, 10, 12, 16, 17 & 19 (10 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.)
Colonial Games – Homeschool families can learn how to play period games, such as quoits, bowling, hoop-rolling and nine-men’s morris. Program Dates/Times: September 13 at Jamestown Settlement; September 14 and 21 at the Yorktown Victory Center (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1- 2:30 p.m.); September 20 at Jamestown Settlement (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 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, or visit https://www.historyisfun.org/homeschool-program.htm.
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, features gallery exhibits that relate the experiences of ordinary men and women who lived during the Revolutionary era. Exhibits provide eyewitness accounts of the American Revolution, describe the convergence of forces on Yorktown in 1781 for the climactic military engagement of the Revolution, and examine the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how people from many different cultures shaped a new society. For information about the museums, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.