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Jamestown Settlement Special Exhibition: May 15, 2010 to June 30, 2011 Learn more about Werowocomoco, the former principal residence of Powhatan, paramount chief of 30-some Indian tribes in Virginia’s coastal region. Artifacts spanning 10,000 years from Werowocomoco – Virginia’s original “capital” city and the principal residence of Powhatan, paramount chief of 30-some Indian tribes in Virginia’s coastal region at the time English colonists arrived in 1607 – were shown for the first time in a museum setting in the Jamestown Settlement special exhibition “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power.” View a three-minute video about Werowocomoco produced in partnership with WCVE Community Idea Stations. To learn more about the  “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power” special exhibition, read the exhibition overview or download the brochure.
Werowocomoco: Seat of Power
Werowocomoco: Seat of Power

Learn about Powhatan's capital city.

EXHIBIT (2011-2012): Learn more about the transformational impact of scientific advances, economic developments and social change in the 17th century. Jamestown Settlement Special Exhibition: November 16, 2011 to August 15, 2012 The transformational impact of scientific advances, economic developments and social change found expression in this special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Sixty-five objects from the VMFA collection were selected to illustrate seven themes in the exhibition. To learn more, download the exhibition brochure or visit our "The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World" webpage.
17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World
17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World

A special exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Learn about the hardships facing a young American soldier in the Revolutionary War. This video is based on the military journal of Jeremiah Greenman, a solider in the Continental Army. Revolutionary Soldier Thousands of men joined the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington. Most were from the middle and lower ranks of society and enlisted as privates. Learn about the hardships facing Jeremiah Greenman, an American soldier in the Revolutionary War. Teachers and parents, check out the Life of a Private lesson plans. Students learn why men joined the Continental Army, the hardship's of a soldier's life, and the role of women and African Americans with the army. The document analysis lesson plan "What challenges did the Continental Army face?" utilizes the Jeremiah Greenman video.
Jeremiah Greenman
Jeremiah Greenman

Learn about the hardships facing Jeremiah Greenman, an American soldier in the Revolutionary War.

An Electronic Classroom Adventure for Teachers and Students The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation partnered with WHRO in 2007 to create a series of five educational videos about Jamestown. These videos explore the three different groups of people at Jamestown, the colonists’ voyage across the Atlantic, and the legacy of the settlement. Links to accompanying lesson plans and image galleries are provided below. Lesson Plans The People of Jamestown: The English (Role Play) The People of Jamestown: The Africans (Using the Five Themes of Geography) The People of Jamestown: The Powhatan Indians (Categorizing Information) Voyage to Virginia (Keeping a Journal) Jamestown Legacy (Creating a Symbol) Image Galleries The English (14 images) Powhatan Indians (12 images) West Central Africans (27 images) Maps (4 images)
Discovering Jamestown
Discovering Jamestown

A series of five educational videos about Jamestown created by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and WHRO.

Howard Burnham portrays King James I in this dynamic five-part video series. Explore James’ childhood, his journey to the throne, the translation of the King James version of the Bible, political intrigue and the establishment of a British colony at Jamestown in Virginia.
King James I
King James I

Howard Burnham portrays King James I in this dynamic five-part series.

Young visitors investigate the economy of 17th-century Jamestown through inquiry with historical interpreters at Jamestown Settlement.
The Economics Of Jamestown
The Economics Of Jamestown

Investigate the economy of 17th-century Jamestown through inquiry with historical interpreters at Jamestown Settlement.

Learn about the voyage of the Sea Venture, the flagship of a fleet that came to resupply the Jamestown colony in 1609. The Sea Venture was shipwrecked on Bermuda and the survivors built two new ships from the wreckage, arriving at Jamestown in 1610.  
The Story of the Sea Venture
The Story of the Sea Venture

Learn about the voyage of the Sea Venture.

Explore the mechanics of matchlock and flintlock muskets in this video about 17th- and 18th-century firearms. Make ready, present your piece, FIRE! Explore the mechanics of matchlock and flintlock muskets in this video about 17th- and 18th-century firearms. Historical interpreters present daily musket demonstrations in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created colonial fort and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s re-created Continental Army encampment.
From Matchlock to Flintlock
From Matchlock to Flintlock

Explore the mechanics of matchlock and flintlock muskets in this video about 17th- and 18th-century firearms.

LECTURE (June 2012): "Captains, Monarchs, Philosophers, and Merchants: Picturing the 17th Century" investigates the dramatic changes in 17th-century technology and philosophy that set the stage for the modern world, using works of art. Lecture by Twyla Kitts "Captains, Monarchs, Philosophers, and Merchants: Picturing the 17th Century" In connection with the Jamestown Settlement exhibition "The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World," Twyla Kitts of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) presented this lecture at Jamestown Settlement on June 9. 2012. Kitts, curator for the exhibition, investigates the dramatic changes in 17th-century technology and philosophy that set the stage for the modern world, using works of art from the VMFA collection to illustrate the shifts in international alliances, economic competition and world view that are characteristic of this transitional age. Kitts is literary and teacher programs educator for VMFA’s Art and Education Department and collection educator for the Byzantine, Renaissance, Baroque, Fabergé and 18th/19th-century European galleries. She received a bachelor’s degree in Russian history from the University of Virginia.
Captains, Monarchs, Philosophers, and Merchants: Picturing the 17th Century
Captains, Monarchs, Philosophers, and Merchants: Picturing the 17th Century

"Captains, Monarchs, Philosophers, and Merchants: Picturing the 17th Century" lecture by Twyla Kitts

"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