Winners of American Evolution™ Marketing Grant Program Announced
Posted on January 22, 2018
Today Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration announced the winners of the American Evolution™ Marketing Grant Program. Administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), the American Evolution™ Marketing Grant Program aids Virginia localities in establishing and marketing their destination’s history and connections to the American Evolution™, 2019 Commemoration.
2019 Commemoration, American Evolution Laud Passage of the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017
Posted on January 16, 2018
When English settlers arrived in present-day Virginia, there were about 30 tribes that inhabited the area including among them, the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes. Because these tribes, along with the Pamunkey tribe, negotiated treaties with the English government, they have been without U.S. federal recognition for over 240 years. Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that finally recognizes these tribes, providing protections and benefits to their members that are received by other Native tribes across the country.
American Evolution™ Announces First Ever Participation in VA-1 Tourism Summit 2017
Posted on November 13, 2017
This Sunday through Tuesday, November 14th, Virginia's 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ will be exhibiting in the exhibit hall at the 2017 VA-1 Tourism Summit, at the Hilton Norfolk the Main in Norfolk, Virginia. The theme of this year's summit is Charting Change. In addition to launching their new brand, the 2019 Commemoration will also introduce a new initiative at the breakfast session on November 14th at 8:00 am.
American Evolution™ Commemorates the 398th Anniversary of America’s First Official English Thanksgiving
Posted on November 4, 2017
The festival’s events include a re-enactment of the landing of Captain John Woodlief and 35 settlers aboard the Margaret at Berkeley Plantation December 4, 1619. The Virginia Thanksgiving festival also features music, stories, dancing, children’s activities, food, living history programming and performances by the Chickahominy Tribal Dancers. American Evolution will also have an interactive exhibit at the festival.
2019 Commemoration and Virginia Tourism Corporation Team Up to Launch "Virginia to America" Video Series
Posted on October 26, 2017
The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution and the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) today announced the launch of their video series "Virginia to America". The videos highlight the key themes and historical events that the 2019 Commemoration is promoting. "Virginia to America" videos are part of the partnership and collaboration between the 2019 Commemoration and VTC to bring visitors to Virginia to learn about the important events of 1619 Virginia.
Stephen Adkins: U.S. is Overdue for More Inclusive History
Posted on October 10, 2017
In today's edition of the Virginian-Pilot, Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe discussed America's need to confront its complicated past with Native Americans in a more inclusive way. This inclusive history, he wrote, would not only acknowledge the challenges faced by the Chickahominy and other Virginia Indian tribes, but also recognize the contributions that their culture and history have had on America's evolution over the past 400 years.
American Evolution Participating in 2017 ASALH Meeting and Conference
Posted on September 28, 2017
Virginia's 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ is exhibiting at the 2017 Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Annual Meeting and Conference, which runs today through October 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout the conference, nationally recognized historian, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander of Norfolk State University, will be available in the American Evolution booth (#21) to speak with media and conference attendees about the 1619 arrival of the first Africans in English North American in Hampton, Virginia, and this event's enduring and powerful impact in shaping America today.
American Evolution and Cinébar Productions Announce New, Hour-Long Documentary
Posted on September 18, 2017
Today, Virginia's 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ and Cinébar Productions announced a partnership to produce an hour-long documentary that examines key events that occurred in 1619 Virginia, which have helped form our nation's place in the world today. The documentary, "America in 1619: The Year Before the Pilgrims," will explore the long-term ramifications of the events and issues that emerged in 1619 and have come to both bedevil and define the United States.
American Evolution Marketing Grant Program Now Open
Posted on September 12, 2017
As of September 12, 2017, applications for American Evolution's marketing grant program are now open. This grant program, administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, was created to assist Virginia localities – from towns and cities to museums, tourist attractions, and non-profit organizations – in the promotion of their sites and their connections to American Evolution. Applications must be submitted by November 9, 2017.
Mayor Donnie Tuck Discusses the Significance of the Arrival of the First Africans to Virginia in 1619
Posted on August 31, 2017
SINCE AFRICANS first arrived at Point Comfort, Va., in 1619, black history has been American history. This month, I am happy to join with my constituents — many of whom share a direct line through time to this pivotal moment — and others throughout the commonwealth to recognize the significance and legacy of the African arrival.
AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ and WHRO Public Media Launch "Guardians of Jamestown: 1619" Educational Video Series
Posted on August 24, 2017
Today the 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™, released its online educational video series, Guardians of Jamestown 1619. The educational series will be available to elementary schools in Virginia this fall, along with a complimentary curriculum. Guardians of Jamestown 1619 teaches students about the seminal 1619 Virginia events that are the focal point of the Commonwealth's 2019 Commemoration.
American Evolution™ Commemorates The Historic Arrival Of The First Africans In 1619 Virginia
Posted on August 23, 2017
On today's International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ will recognize the 1619 arrival of the first Africans in English North America at what is present-day Hampton, Virginia. As part of African Arrival month, American Evolution invites participants and partners to explore the aftermath of the moment when African, Native American, and European culture collided and forged what would eventually become the United States of America.
Announcing the Launch of the 1619 Society
Posted on June 7, 2017
The 2019 Commemoration has established the 1619 Society with the goal of engaging a younger generation of Virginians and increasing interest in the state’s rich heritage. The society will further serve to enable communities to contribute to the future of democracy, diversity and opportunity in the state.
March to Mother's Day Gift-Giving Opportunity
Posted on May 8, 2017
This Mother’s Day, Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™, the Virginia Capitol Foundation and the Women’s Monument Commission, offer a once in a lifetime gift giving opportunity through the March to Mother’s Day campaign. With a donation to the Virginia’s Women’s Monument, Voices from the Garden, you can personally honor women who have influenced your life, while also supporting a first of its kind monument. The Women’s Monument, which will be located in Richmond’s Capitol Square, brings to life the powerful narratives of 12 Virginia women and recognizes the powerful impact of Virginia women on four centuries of America’s evolution.
American Evolution at the Tom Tom Founders Festival
Posted on April 12, 2017
In its sixth year, Tom Tom Founders Festival is making a name for itself as the region's premiere gathering for forward thinking and engagement with innovators and visionaries. For one week over Founder's Day in Charlottesville, Virginia, over 60 bands, 300 speakers and 400 community organizations will come together to recognize innovative achievements and look toward the future. The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution™, and leaders from its Entrepreneurialism and Innovation Committee, will play a critical role in signature events of the festival on April 13 and 14 as they promote the Commonwealth's long history of opportunity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
March to Mother's Day Campaign to Raise Awareness and Support Fundraising for Virginia Women's Monument
Posted on March 1, 2017
In recognition of Women's History Month the Virginia Women's Monument Commission, Virginia Capitol Foundation and the 2019 Commemoration are launching their March to Mother's Day digital campaign. The campaign will explore 400 years of women's history in Virginia and bring to life the powerful narratives of the women honored in the Virginia's Women's Monument, Voices from the Garden, which will be located in Richmond Capitol Square. Designed to raise awareness and support fundraising for the Monument, March to Mother's Day will honor the full range of women's achievements and their significant contributions in every aspect of Virginia and national history.
Overlooked African Female Ruler Gets Her Due
Posted on February 27, 2017
Queen Njinga of Angola is one of the most powerful and brave figures in African history. Her story is often overlooked in history books, but she was one of the most multifaceted rulers in history. At a book signing yesterday at Jamestown Settlement, Dr. Linda M. Heywood, professor of African History at Boston University, discussed her book Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen and how Queen Njinga skillfully navigated―and ultimately transcended―the ruthless, male-dominated power struggles of her time.
2019 Commemoration Partners with Tom Tom Founders Festival
Posted on January 20, 2017
The 2019 Commemoration has announced a partnership with the Tom Tom Founders Festival (TTFF). On Jan. 12, Kathy J. Spangler, 2019 Commemoration Executive Director, joined TTFF stakeholders and supporters at their meeting and reception in Charlottesville, Va. to launch 2017 national programming.
2019 Commemoration Receives $1.2 Million Gift from Dominion Resources
Posted on October 26, 2016
The 2019 Commemoration today announced that it has received a $1.2 million gift from Dominion Resources to support commemoration events and projects marking the 400th anniversary of key events in the founding of America. Dominion is making the gift through its charitable arm, the Dominion Foundation, to build awareness of Virginia’s unique role in the creation of the United States. As a Founding Partner of the 2019 Commemoration, Dominion will help underwrite renovation of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center in Hampton, Virginia.
2019 Commemoration Sponsorship Launch and Reception
Posted on October 24, 2016
The 2019 Commemoration will host a reception on Oct. 25, 2016, in the Rotunda of the Virginia State Capitol to launch private fundraising and announce corporate sponsorships. Hosted by the 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee, the reception will feature a short program with remarks and sponsorship announcements and will highlight upcoming events and legacy projects.