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"Legislating Boundaries" by Lauranett Lee LECTURE (2012): "Exploring 17th-Century Virginia: Legislating Boundaries and Creating Culture" examines how the lives of women and Africans became increasingly circumscribed in 17th-century Virginia. Lauranett L. Lee, Virginia Historical Society curator of African American history, spoke February 12, 2012 at Jamestown Settlement. An examination of Virginia statutes illustrated how the lives of women and Africans became increasingly circumscribed in 17th-century Virginia. Dr. Lee discussed the ways in which focused legislation and cultural collisions produced a legal society and culture unique among the founding colonies.
Legislating the Boundaries
Legislating the Boundaries

"Exploring 17th-Century Virginia: Legislating Boundaries and Creating Culture" by Lauranett L. Lee

"The Archaeology of Slave Quarters in Colonial Virginia" Lecture by Patricia Samford LECTURE (2013): "The Archaeology of Slave Quarters in Colonial Virginia" examines what artifacts and physical remains of slave quarters, in combination with historical research, can reveal about lives of enslaved people. Patricia Samford, Director of the Maryland Archeology Conservation Laboratory, discusses the archaeology of slave quarters in colonial Virginia. Dr. Samford examines what recovered artifacts and other physical remains of sites where enslaved people once lived, in combination with historical research, can reveal about material circumstances as well as family and community, gender roles, spirituality, and acts of resistance and accommodation.
The Archaeology of Slave Quarters
The Archaeology of Slave Quarters

"The Archaeology of Slave Quarters in Colonial Virginia" by Patricia Samford

"Development of Slavery in the 17th-century Chesapeake" by Lorena Walsh LECTURE (2013): “Development of Slavery in the 17th-Century Chesapeake” examines the evolution of techniques for managing enslaved Africans and the adaptations specific to the Chesapeake that Africans had to make to survive.
Development of Slavery
Development of Slavery

"Development of Slavery in the 17th-century Chesapeake" lecture by Lorena Walsh

LECTURE (2009): "The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America" provides an overview of "the tale of one of the greatest rescue stories in American history." Lecture by Lorri Glover “The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America” Lorri Glover, co-author of "The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America" and associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, delivered this lecture at Jamestown Settlement on June 13, 2009, in the second of four lectures accompanying the "Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies" special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement. She provides an overview of the 2008 book, “the tale of one of the greatest rescue stories in American history,” one that became the inspiration for Shakespeare’s last play "The Tempest" and ensured England’s continued commitment to colonization in the West.
The Sea Venture
The Sea Venture

“The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America” lecture by Lorri Glover

LECTURE (2011): "Werowocomoco: Seat of Power" discusses the archaeological investigations at Werowocomoco, the seat of power of the Powhatan paramount chiefdom. Lecture by Martin Gallivan "Werowocomoco: Seat of Power" In “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power,” Martin D. Gallivan, guest curator of the Jamestown Settlement special exhibition, discusses the archaeological investigations at Werowocomoco that have uncovered evidence of interaction with Jamestown’s colonists and the ways that the Powhatan Indians constructed a powerful, central place in Tidewater Virginia from A.D. 1200 through 1607. Dr. Gallivan, College of William and Mary associate professor of anthropology, has been involved in the archaeological research at the Gloucester County site since 2003 as part of the Werowocomoco Research Group and has written numerous academic articles on the findings. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Werowocomoco
Werowocomoco

“Werowocomoco: Seat of Power,” a lecture by William & Mary archaeologist, Martin D. Gallivan.

LECTURE (2012): "Virginia Seeks a Crop" describes efforts in the early years of Jamestown to develop a product to repay the immense costs of establishing the colony and keep investors committed to the project. Lecture by Karen Kupperman "Virginia Seeks a Crop" Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Silver Professor of History at New York University, presented "Virginia Seeks a Crop" at Jamestown Settlement on May 19, 2012. Dr. Kupperman described efforts in the early years of Jamestown to develop a product to repay the immense costs of establishing the colony and keep investors committed to the project. Experiments with glassmaking, silk production, sassafras, winemaking and tobacco were pursued. Tobacco would become Virginia’s gold, but the frantic search for products colored the first years of colonial life. Dr. Kupperman’s recent books include “The Early Modern Atlantic World,” to be published this year, “Richard Ligon’s ‘A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes (1657, 1673),’” and “The Jamestown Project.”
Virginia Seeks a Crop
Virginia Seeks a Crop

"Virginia Seeks a Crop" lecture by Karen Kupperman

Discover how exciting hands-on history can be for you and your students! Discover tools for enriching your visit to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution at Yorktown. Hands-on educational programs are available at our museums or in your classroom, curriculum materials that can be used before and after your visit, and programs for educators. Download the 2014-2015 Education Planner.   For group reservations and information, call 757-253-4939 or email group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov.
Educational Adventures: Onsite & Outreach Experiences
Educational Adventures: Onsite & Outreach Experiences

Discover how exciting hands-on history can be for you and your students!

For Virginia School Teachers K-12 Explore the story of colonial America firsthand during the annual weeklong Teacher Institute at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums. Watch these videos to hear past participants share their experiences with and enthusiasm for the program. Program Highlights:
  • Become immersed in the history of 17th-century Jamestown and the 18th-century American Revolution.
  • Practice new teaching methods in period costume while interacting with visitors at Jamestown Settlement.
  • Experience history through hands-on period activities.
  • Participate in SOL-correlated programs, presentations and workshops.
  • Take home a kit of reproduction artifacts to use in your classroom.
Learn more about this year's Teacher Institute. https://www.historyisfun.org/Teacher-Institute.cfm
Summer Teacher Institute
Summer Teacher Institute

Summer Teacher Institute For Virginia School Teachers K-12

LECTURE (2011): "English Myth-Making and Indian Reality: Early English Stereotypes of the Virginia Indians" examines the perceptions of Virginia Indians by early English colonists and the reality behind those stereotypes. Lecture by Helen Rountree "English Myth-Making and Indian Reality: Early English Stereotypes of the Virginia Indians" Lectures - Helen Rountree.jpg Helen C. Rountree examines the perceptions of Virginia Indians by early English colonists in the 17th century, the Virginia Indian reality behind those stereotypes, and views that persist about the culture in society today. Dr. Rountree is widely acknowledged as one of the leading researchers and writers on Virginia Indians and East Coast tribes. Dr. Rountree is the author of nine books, including “Pocahontas, Powhatan, and Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown” and “Pocahontas’s People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia Through Four Centuries.”
English Myth-Making & Indian Reality
English Myth-Making & Indian Reality

"English Myth-Making and Indian Reality: Early English Stereotypes of the Virginia Indians" lecture by Helen Rountree

Discover how the holidays were celebrated by Jamestown settlers and Revolutionary War soldiers. These videos highlight colonial holiday traditions, which are featured in our annual special events "Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia" and "A Colonial Christmas." Visit during the holiday season and save with the Web-only special History is Fun! for the Holidays Ticket. Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia During the Thanksgiving holiday, explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during the annual special event “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. A Colonial Christmas The annual special event "A Colonial Christmas" offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special tours and interpretive programs throughout the month of December. From December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period is also included. Songs and sounds of the season will be performed during the week by musicians on fifes and drums, guitar, violin, recorder, and pipe and tabor.
Colonial Holiday Traditions
Colonial Holiday Traditions

These videos highlight colonial holiday traditions, which are featured in our annual special events 'Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia' and 'A Colonial Christmas.'

Colonial Medicine
Colonial Medicine

Learn about the state of medical care at the time of the American Revolution.

Dr. Michael Jarvis discusses how cross-cultural influences shaped a distinctly new culture and, through characterizations of Bermuda as a “finite” space and Virginia as an “infinite” space, consider how these qualities shaped settlement pace and patterns into the 1620s. Listen to a lecture by University of Rochester Associate Professor of History Michael Jarvis on “Sister Colonies: Virginia, Bermuda, and the Beginnings of English America.
Sister Colonies
Sister Colonies

Dr. Michael Jarvis discusses how cross-cultural influences shaped a distinctly new culture and, through characterizations of Bermuda as a “finite” space and Virginia as an “infinite” space.