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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September 15 - September 16
Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504 United States
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The Graphic Novel Conference and Contest at Norfolk State University will bring to Virginia its first program that engages African American students in the film, animation, toys, novels, music, and graphics industries to discuss their challenges, opportunities, and initiatives.  Artists, directors, producers, editors will also participate in this conference series. The event includes a contest for student participants whose work communicates the story of 1619 and the arrival of the early Africans from one of three perspectives: that of the Africans, the…

November 4
Berkeley Plantation, 12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339 United States
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The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival is held annually the first Sunday in November at Berkeley Plantation to commemorate the December 4, 1619 arrival at Berkeley Hundred of the good ship Margaret, under the command of Captain John Woodlief. Woodlief and 35 settlers sailed from Bristol, England to land at Berkeley and celebrate the first English Thanksgiving in the New World. The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival re-enacts this historic event as part of an afternoon program that ends with the playing of Taps…

November 10, 2018 - January 5, 2020
Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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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…

November 15 - November 18
Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221 United States
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The Pocahontas Reframed: Native American Storytellers Film Festival stems from a passion and desire for indigenous languages, cultures, and societies to thrive. The Festival strives to bring together artists, authors, filmmakers, and actors willing to shared history. The Festival includes Native  American-affiliated classic and recently released films that have been official selections of world-renowned festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Toronto International 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…