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JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT’S ‘2007 HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES’ CONCLUDES WITH W. RICHARD WEST JR. ON NOVEMBER 3

October 12, 2007                     

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT’S ‘2007 HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES’ CONCLUDES WITH W. RICHARD WEST JR. ON NOVEMBER 3

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – W. Richard West, Jr., founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, will speak at Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m. as the finale in this year’s “2007 Heritage Lecture Series.” 

Jamestown Settlement is a museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.  During museum hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 3, a special event, “Virginia Indian Heritage Day,” will honor the legacies of Virginia Indian cultures and their important legacy in America.

West, an attorney and member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, has devoted his professional life and much of his personal life to working with American Indians on cultural, educational, legal and governmental issues. On Nov. 3, West will present a lecture titled “Native America in the 21st Century: Out of the Mists and Beyond Myth.”

As director of the National Museum of the American Indian, West guided the successful opening of the three facilities that comprise the National Museum of the American Indian: the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall, the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent exhibition and education facility in New York City, and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Md. Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

West is vice chair of the American Association of Museums/International Council of Museums, which represents the interests of American institutions in the international museum community, and has served as chairman of the American Association of Museums. He is currently affiliated with several boards and institutions, including Stanford University, National Parks and Conservation Association, Ford Foundation, National Support Committee of the Native American Rights Fund and American Indian Resources Institute. 

West graduated from Stanford University School of Law and holds a master’s degree in American history from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Redlands in California.

The lecture will take place at Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater, at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.  Seating is limited.  Advance reservations are recommended and can be made at (757) 253-4415 or rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov.  Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg.  For directions, go to hif.ciniva.net/visit/directions/.