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Live Online Learning Opportunities

Experience a virtual behind-the-scenes visit as museum educators host FREE, digital distance learning programs streaming live from Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Tune in for interactive 30-minute mini history lessons and connect with our distance learning experts and historical interpreters for live demonstrations as they your answer questions in real-time.

Tuesday, March 31

Join us on Tuesday, March 31 for “Life on an 18th-Century Farm,” a three part series live from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as we explore what life was like on an 18th-century farm. During the time of the American Revolution, you could not simply go to the local store to get everything you needed, especially if you were not of the gentry class. In many cases, you would have grown your own food and made your own clothes, including growing flax to process and make into fabric. Pick one or participate in all, click on the links below to access each session on Zoom – limited to 1,000 viewers and may require short download.

10 a.m. EDT: Foodways of the Enslaved

https://zoom.us/j/951944005
What did an enslaved family eat? Learn about the foods they would have grown and prepared for their own families. We will visit a garden and learn about the origins of some of an enslaved family’s food and how it was grown and prepared.

11 a.m. EDT: Flax Demonstration

https://zoom.us/j/944506809
Learn how a flax plant becomes spinnable fiber. We will discover what a flax break, scutching board, and hackle are and how they are important in the process of turning a plant into fabric.

12 p.m. EDT: Spinning Wheel Demonstration

https://zoom.us/j/852601414
Flax was not the only fiber used to make fabric for clothes, blankets, and other items. Learn how to card wool. Then, we’ll take that wool to the spinning wheel where we will learn how it becomes yarn and talk about who did this important work on the farm.

Thursday, April 2

Join us on Thursday, April 2 for “Life of the Powhatan Indians,” a three part series live from  the Powhatan Indian Village at Jamestown Settlement as we explore the life of the Eastern Woodland Indians before the arrival of the English in 1607. Pick one or participate in all, click on the links below to access each session on Zoom – limited to 1,000 viewers and may require short download.

10 a.m. EDT: Farming

https://zoom.us/j/806613910
Learn the basics of agriculture and farming practices used by the Powhatan Indians. Discover the types of crops grown, the tools used for farming, and the process for harvesting crops.

11 a.m. EDT: Fishing

https://zoom.us/j/853811179
Discover the importance of waterways to the Powhatan way of life. Learn how Powhatan Indians used the waterways for travel and food. Discover the types of tools used to catch a variety of fish in the Tidewater region.

12 p.m. EDT: Hunting

https://zoom.us/j/976822732
Join us for a hunting demonstration, Powhatan Indian style, complete with a bow and arrow. Discover the different tools used by the Powhatan Indians for hunting, the types of animals they hunted, and the methods they used to catch their prey.

 


View Past Videos of Virtual Visits to Our Museums

Not able to watch live? Programs are recorded and made available for viewing following the live webcast.


Colonial Life in Virginia

View “Colonial Life in Virginia,” a three part series from Jamestown Settlement as we exploring what life was like for English Settlers living in early 17th-century Virginia.

Cooking: How did English colonists get the provisions they needed to survive? Join us live from the re-created fort at Jamestown Settlement for a cooking demonstration. Practice your science, technology, and math skills while learning about common foods and tools used for cooking during the early years of Jamestown.

Commodities and Trade: How did English colonists get the resources they needed to survive? Join us live from the re-created fort at Jamestown Settlement to learn about the types of commodities and raw materials that were tried by the colony to turn a profit. Learn how the English settlers used these commodities to become successful.

Weaponry for Survival: How did the English colonists use weaponry to survive in a new place? Join us live from the re-created fort at Jamestown Settlement to learn about the protection, armor, and weapons used by the colonists. A musket demonstration will be included!

 


American Revolution Tools and Tactics

View “American Revolution Tools and Tactics,” a three-part series from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown exploring military life during the Revolutionary War. Pick one or participate in all, click on the links below to access each session on Zoom – may require short download.

Food: Examine the different foods and cooking methods used by the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Come inside the camp kitchens to learn about the importance of safety and efficiency, while also watching a fire-starting demonstration.

Medicine: Examine the medicines and medical tools used by the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Learn about hospitals and the qualifications you would need to be a surgeon or physician, plus discover the problems and diseases the Continental Army faced.

Warfare: Explore the weaponry and war tactics used by both the British and American soldiers during the American Revolution. Learn about muskets, including the loading and firing commands, and watch a live musket firing demonstration.