Eastern Home & Travel May/June 2017 - Page 19

H I S TO R I C A L P R O G R E S S 2017 is a pivotal year at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. These two premier living-history museums in two corners of America’s Historic Triangle offer year- round experiences, compelling special exhibitions, events and programs that immerse visitors into the story of America’s beginnings. At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can experience newly developed interactive gallery exhibits exploring the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in the 1600s. As part of a phased gallery enhancement, touch-screen panels allow visitors to compare and contrast each culture’s language, religion, government, economy and family structure. Jamestown Settlement’s expansive gallery exhibits debuted in 2006 in time for America’s 400th Anniversary commemoration in 2007, and are now being refreshed a decade later with new technology. Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement presents “Pocahontas Imagined,” a special exhibition opening July 15 that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art. The six-month exhibition features Pocahontas memorabilia, advertisements and interactive experiences. Outdoors, visitors can examine artistic patterns, lines and colors in objects found in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created Powhatan Indian village, ships and fort. Public lectures in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts take place September 5, September 13 and October 3. This spring, a Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown culminates in the museum’s 10-year transformation from the previously named Yorktown Victory Center. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown presents a renewed national perspective on the meaning and impact of the Revolution through introductory film, timeline, expansive gallery exhibits with nearly 500 artifacts, interactive displays, experiential theaters, and new settings for hands-on interpretive experiences in expanded re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. This new and improved museum features daily highlights of one of America’s 13 original states in the order that they ratified the Constitution, Patriotic festivities include gallery tours, living- history programs, artillery firings, flag-raising ceremonies, military musical performances, military re-enactments, lectures and children’s activities. The museum’s inaugural special exhibition— “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America”—debuts June 10 and follows the post- war stories of veterans of the Siege of Yorktown and how they went on after the war to shape the America we know today. A series of plays, performances and public lectures June through November feature Revolutionary War veterans James Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette and Henry Knox as well as issues facing modern-day veterans. EASTERN HOME & TRAVEL 19