TENACITY Special Programs

Events, Lectures & Performances Accompany the Yearlong Special Exhibition

Tenacity ProgramsFebruary 23: After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in AmericaJamestown Settlement – Angelo is the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown. Her legacy and African women in Virginia are honored with music, dramatic performance and historical presentations in celebration of African-American women from 1619 to today. An evening ticketed concert performance accompanied this event.

March 7: Tenacious Women Lecture: “Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m.  Dr. Lucy Worsley, OBE, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and one of British TV’s leading public historians and authors, presents an illustrated talk that makes you rethink what you know about Queen Victoria and takes you into the life, palaces and rich colorful age of a woman who ruled a quarter of the globe. Free admission. Seating in the Robins Foundation Theater has reached capacity; overflow seating has been made available at the museum to watch the lecture via a live feed. A book sale follows the lecture. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572. 

March 14: Tenacious Women Lecture: “Prisoners of History: Pocahontas and American Indian Women in Cultural Context,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Karenne Wood, Director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, explores two very different stories of American Indian women, Pocahontas and Mary Jemison. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.   

April 4: Tenacious Women Lecture: “Matter Out of Place: The Writing of Ar’n’t I a Woman,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m.  Dr. Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University examines researching and writing “Ar’n’t I a Woman: Female Slaves in the Plantation South.” Due to illness, Dr. Karenne Wood is unable to attend Thursday night’s presentation. Her Tenacious Women Lecture “Prisoners of History” was presented by her designated proxy, Evangeline Calland. Ms Calland is an interfaith chaplain who practices in Charlottesville, Va. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.   

May 2: Tenacious Women Lecture: “Colonizing Women,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, explores the relationships between the English women brought to early Jamestown, the men who desired them as wives and the Powhatan and Afro-Caribbean/African women affected by their presence. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.   

May 10-11 & 16-18: “Mother Tongue,” Jamestown Settlement, 7:30 p.m. – This original play 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. An evening ticketed event made possible by Dominion Energy. Tickets available.

June 8-9: MY TENACITY! A Celebration of Women, Jamestown Settlement – If you’re not one, you know one! Tenacious women are celebrated with a weekend of female musicians, dancers, spoken-word artists, character portrayals, children’s activities, mural painting and more. An evening ticketed concert performance will accompany this event.

June 13: Tenacious Women Lecture: “Piracy, Political Intrigue and Human Tragedy: Virginia’s First Africans,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Sharing her discoveries from previously unexamined documents, historian and author Martha W. McCartney presents her ground-breaking new research from the United Kingdom’s National Archives on the circumstances surrounding the 1619 arrival of Angelo and the colony’s first African people. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.   

June 20: Tenacious Women Lecture: “England’s Bartered Brides: Building New Lives in Early Jamestown,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – British author Jennifer Potter shares untold stories of 17th-century English women who crossed the ocean to find husbands in Virginia. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.   

September 12: Tenacious Women Lecture: “My Family of Women’s Rights Advocates: From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Me,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Coline Jenkins, legislator, author, and the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leading figure of the early women’s rights movement, sheds light on the evolution of American democracy through the inclusion of women as full citizens. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.

September 13-14 & 19-21: “Season of the Witch,” Jamestown Settlement, 7:30 p.m. – An immersive nighttime theatrical experience about the 1626 witchcraft trial of Jane Wright takes place in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created fort. An evening ticketed event.

October 10: Tenacious Women Lecture: “Gilt and Silk: Early 17th-Century Costume,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Rebecca Quinton, curator of European Costume and Textile at Glasgow Museums, explores Jacobean dress and the textiles used to make it, with particular reference to women’s wear and surviving items in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.   

November 14: Tenacious Women Lecture: “We Cannot Be Tame Spectators: Tenacious Women in Early Virginia,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Cynthia Kierner, Professor of History at George Mason University, shares the stories of women who survived and thrived in an era when many women lacked property, education and civil rights. Free admission. Advance reservations required at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.   


Admission: In 2019, admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.50 for adults and $8.25 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Special programs and exhibitions included in admission during museum operating hours. Evening public lectures are free to the public; advance reservations are required at  (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.