American Evolution Events and Programs include a series of extraordinary projects ranging from special exhibitions, documentary film, scholarly works, interpretive centers, and digital applications to reinforce 1619 history, commemoration themes and Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States and its ongoing leadership in education, tourism and economic development.

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November 4
Charles City, Virginia + Google Map

Upon safe arrival at Berkeley Hundred on December 4, 1619, a group of English settlers held a ceremony of thanks which was to be observed annually and perpetually. The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival event will showcase cultural performances and a re-enactment of the first official English Thanksgiving in North America. Unique cause marketing opportunities are planned.

November 10, 2018 - January 5, 2020
Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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This year-long special exhibition will feature captivating and little-known personal stories from three cultures - Virginia Indian, English, and West Central African - that illustrate the roles women played in the founding years of the United States of America. Using objects, images, and primary sources, this story-driven exhibition will explore key themes in women’s history such as the sphere of influence within each culture, shared experiences, contributions to the early economy, education and keeping culture, innovators and outliers, rights in…

November 16 - November 18

This film festival celebrates American Indian cinema and provides an avenue for all people to learn more about the culture of American Indians and Virginia based tribes.  (partner: Pocahontas Reframed: Native American Storytellers Film Festival)

December 10, 2018 - December 7, 2019
Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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The Library of Virginia, working in partnership with Virginia Humanities, is developing a statewide project that explores the implications of immigration and the experiences of immigrants as they come to Virginia. Some will have come to this country seeking new opportunity; others as refugees fleeing war and hardship. Keeping in mind that the stated goals of 2019 Commemoration include exploring the historical and continuous journey toward the ideals of America and fostering an honest and serious discussion about diversity and…