Posted on June 26, 2017


“The First Official Thanksgiving” was honored with a nomination for a Documentary – Historical Emmy by the National Capitol Chesapeake Bay Region Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The documentary tells the story of what some historians call the first, “official, English-speaking,” Thanksgiving held in the Americas....

Posted on June 7, 2017

Announcing the Launch of the 1619 Society

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....

Posted on May 8, 2017

March to Mother’s Day

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....

Posted on April 12, 2017

Tom Tom Founders Festival

The 2019 Commemoration is working to promote events around the Virginia that exemplify the themes of Democracy, Diversity and Opportunity. The 2019 Commemoration is pleased to partner with Tom Tom and make the festival a signature event as the 2019 Commemoration seeks to promote Virginia's innovation ecosystem and honor its entrepreneurial and cultural leaders....

Posted on March 1, 2017

March to Mother’s Day Campaign to Raise Awareness and Support Fundraising for Virginia Women’s Monument

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....

Posted on February 27, 2017

Overlooked African Female Ruler Gets Her Due

At a book signing 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....

Posted on January 20, 2017

2019 Commemoration Partners with Tom Tom Founders Festival

The 2019 Commemoration has partnered with Tom Tom Founders Festival as a signature event to promote Virginia innovation and entrepreneurialism....

Posted on October 26, 2016

2019 Commemoration Receives $1.2 Million Gift from Dominion Resources

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. As a Founding Partner of the 2019 Commemoration, Dominion will help underwrite renovation of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center in Hampton, Virginia....

Posted on October 24, 2016

2019 Commemoration Sponsorship Launch and Reception

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....

Posted on October 21, 2016

African Arrival Day 2016

On August 19 and 20, 2016, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorated the arrival of the first Africans to English North America and the launch of Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration at African Arrival Day 2016, in conjunction with the Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, and City of Hampton.