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‘Talking History’ Lecture Series Launches March 11 at Jamestown Settlement with a Look at Virginia Indian Women in Leadership

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 5, 2021 – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are proud to present a new “Talking History” Lecture Series in 2021, offering free public lectures that link historical storylines shared at both museums with present day.

Talking History Lecture: Diana Gates, March 11, 2021The series launches on Thursday, March 11, at Jamestown Settlement as Diana Gates (Nottoway), managing senior tribal specialist at the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development, examines “The Continuing Role of Virginia Indian Women in Leadership.” The public lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Robins Foundation Theater, with limited capacity and advance online registration required.

This public lecture complements the ongoing Jamestown Settlement special exhibition, “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience,” on display through March 25, 2022. In collaboration with Virginia Indian tribal communities, “FOCUSED” features personal and professional photography collections charting a century of change, from the passage and repeal of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 to state and federal recognition today.

The special exhibition, which will open for public viewing at 6 p.m. prior to the lecture, focuses on the resilience of Virginia’s Indian population and highlights themes central to Virginia Indian daily life, including the establishment and maintenance of Virginia Indian reservations and tribal lands, education, fishing and hunting, and traditional crafts and cultural heritage.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown gallery exhibits and films are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with outdoor interpretive areas accessible from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. Parking is free.

Lectures require advance registration and are live on site at the museums, with limited capacity and protective protocols in place to ensure a safe event experience. For those unable to attend in person, recorded videos will be made available to view online following each presentation, based on prior approval from individual guest lecturers. To register for the March 11 lecture and learn more about upcoming programs, visit jyfmuseums.org/lectures.