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April 15, 2005

Citizens invited to Community Conversations on America's 400th Anniversary

The first in a series of seven Community Conversations about America’s 400th Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown will take place 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Jamestown Settlement’s new theater and special exhibition building. State Senator Tommy Norment and the Hon. Jeanne Zeidler, mayor of the City of Williamsburg, will speak about commemoration plans and the role of the Historic Triangle community -- including the anticipated impact on the local economy, tourism, infrastructure improvements and beautification efforts. Ross Richardson, director of communications for Jamestown 2007, also will discuss signature events in 2006 and 2007 that are designed to create national and international interest in the region and the state.

The program is open to the public, and participants may tour the Jamestown Settlement exhibit gallery beginning at 6 p.m. Other topics will include activities already underway in the Historic Triangle such as transportation, wayfinding, marketing efforts and improvements at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement as well as potential volunteer opportunities for interested members of the community. Refreshments will be served, door prizes will be drawn and the trailer for the upcoming feature film “The New World,” scheduled to debut in the fall, will be shown.

“We see the first two conversations in Spring and Fall 2005 as opportunities for citizens in James City County, Williamsburg and York County to get a taste of what is being planned as we invite the nation and the world to the first major commemoration of the 21st century,” said Mayor Zeidler, who serves as executive director of Jamestown 2007 and chair of the Historic Triangle Jamestown 2007 Host Committee.

Future Community Conversations to be held in 2006 and 2007 will focus on efforts to recruit volunteers as well as provide details about how citizens can get involved in the commemoration. For more information, contact Kyra Cook at

Jamestown Settlement, a state-operated museum of 17th-century Virginia, is located on Route 359 between Route 31 (Jamestown Road) and the Colonial Parkway. Visitor parking and the main museum entrance face Route 359.

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