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March 19, 2012

Historic Jamestowne Explores Lives and Experiences of Some of the Earliest Women Residents

Meet two of Jamestown Island’s earliest female residents through the program, “‘this is done by their women’: The Women of Early Jamestown.” Guests learn about the lives and experiences of these women, a Powhatan Indian and an English settler, during this drop-in program from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium at Historic Jamestowne.

The women share their views of daily life, work and relationships as well as their perspectives of the worlds in which they lived. Guests can interact with Melanie Hagan, a veteran interpreter of the Algonquian Chesapeake, who will share her historical perspective of Virginia’s earliest inhabitants. Guests also meet Rachel Stanton, who arrived in Virginia in 1608 with high hopes of success and even higher expectations in the New World.

This is a Women’s History Month program presented jointly by Historic Jamestowne and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. The admission fee of $10 per adult includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Parks passes are accepted and Preservation Virginia members also are admitted free. Please call (757) 229-4997 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org for more information.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Visitors to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site’s archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. For further information, visit www.historicJamestowne.org or call (757) 229-0412 or (757) 898-2410.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia’s cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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