Community Outreach

As we approach 2019, American Evolution will actively engage with museums, heritage sites, community action groups, and localities across the Commonwealth of Virginia. These sites and organizations will be encouraged to participate in the commemoration of their own communities, revealing how their history and culture have contributed to Virginia’s development and success over the past 400 years. Beginning in late 2017, sites will be invited to plan, develop, and execute programs and activities that support the education and tourism goals of the Commemoration.


Get involved in the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution

We invite you to join the American Evolution. There are many ways to get informed and involved. Volunteer opportunities are available all across Virginia. Sign up to learn more about volunteer opportunities and programs in your area. Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Commemoration and don’t forget to follow us on social media @Commemorate2019.

Community engagement projects include, but are not limited to:


Virginia History Trails App

Drawing on the resources of The Library of Virginia, Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Virginia History Trails app features a collection of significant historic and cultural sites that tell the story of the first 400 years of Virginia’s dynamic history.

Incorporated into an easy-to-use, interactive mobile application, the trail promotes tourism while inspiring, educating and stimulating awareness of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States, engaging new generations to pursue a deeper understanding of our shared history.

Download now! 


American Evolution Marketing Grant Program

American Evolution is sponsoring a marketing grant program administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The purpose of this grant program is 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.


Museum Exhibits, Educational Programs, and Special Events

American Evolution will promote exhibits and programs that reflect the historical events of 1619, the 400-year arc of Virginia’s history since that time, and the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity. These events will increase civic engagement in communities across the Commonwealth and attract highly diverse audiences.

The “2019 Schools” program will engage students, educators, and staff in every division in Virginia with the themes of the commemoration—Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity—to increase pride in Virginia’s history and future among the state’s young emerging leaders. Schools can choose from our ideas, or create their own projects and activities.