TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia

This special yearlong exhibition explores captivating and little-known personal stories of women in Jamestown and the Virginia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society. Discover the struggles that women faced in the New World and their contributions, from the arrival of the first English women in Virginia in 1608 and the Powhatan Indian women they encountered to the arrival of the first documented African woman in Virginia in 1619 and the influx of English women to the colony.  From women’s roles to women’s rights, connect issues of the 17th century and their relevance today.

Along with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s collection of 17th-century objects, the special exhibition will feature more than 60 artifacts on loan from 22 international and national institutions, including the Victorian Albert Museum, Museum of London, Master and Fellows of Magdalene College Cambridge, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, National Archives, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  A series of special programs, from public lectures to performances, will complement the special exhibition.

ADDITIONAL TENACITY EVENTS

The following events, accompanying the Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia exhibition, will take place at Jamestown Settlement. For more information, visit HistoryisFun.org.

August 10, 2019
Finding Angelo: Honoring the First African American Women in Virginia
The story of Angelo – the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown – is told through speakers, panels, and performances representing the experience and impact of African women in early Jamestown, and their legacy today. Separate symposium admission will accompany this event.

September 12, 2019; 7 p.m.; Robins Foundation Theater
Speaker: Coline Jenkins “My Family of Women’s Rights Advocates: From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Me”
Reservations highly recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov

September 13-14, 2019
Untamed: Women and the Law
Since the 17th century, laws were created to suppress women’s voices. As part of this weekend symposium, keynote speakers will examine women who were able to turn the law to their advantage from the 17th century to modern day. Separate symposium admission will accompany this event.

September 14, 2019 and September 19-21, 2019
Season of the Witch
An immersive nighttime theatrical experience about the 1626 witchcraft trial of Jane Wright, taking place in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created fort. An evening ticketed event.

October 10, 2019; 7:00 p.m.; Robins Foundation Theater
Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Quinton – “Gilt and Silk: Early 17th-Century Costume”
Reservations highly recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov

October 12-13, 2019
American Indian Intertribal Powwow
A two-day celebration of song, dance and storytelling by members of American Indian Tribes. This year’s program highlights American Indian women with special performances, speakers and more.

November 14, 2019; 7:00 p.m.; Robins Foundation Theater
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Kierner – “We Cannot be Tame Spectators’: Tenacious Women in Early Virginia”
Reservations highly recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov

EVENT DETAILS


Event Type: Exhibitions

Start Date: November 10, 2018

End Date: January 5, 2020

Time: 9am-5pm

Venue: Jamestown Settlement

2110 Jamestown Rd Williamsburg, VA 23185



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