The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution has partnered with notable Virginia institutions and national partners to inspire local, national and international engagement in the themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity and to reinforce Virginia’s leadership in education, tourism and economic development.

First African Landing Commemorative Weekend
August 22-25, 2019

First African Landing Commemorative Weekend

Join American Evolution, Fort Monroe Authority, Fort Monroe National Monument and the City of Hampton for 4 days of music, ...
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400th Commemorative Ceremony of the First African Landing
August 24, 2019

400th Commemorative Ceremony of the First African Landing

Commemorate 400 years of African American History with American Evolution at the 400th Commemorative Ceremony of the First African Landing ...
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Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet-Blacksburg
September 13, 2019

Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet-Blacksburg

Get your tickets for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet, commissioned by American Evolution and Virginia Arts Festival! Virginia Arts ...
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1619: Making of America Summit
September 25-27, 2019

1619: Making of America Summit

Join scholars, thought leaders, artists, filmmakers, and students in dynamic and interactive conversations about the foundations of our nation. Join ...
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“Voices from the Garden” Women’s Monument Dedication Event
October 14, 2019

“Voices from the Garden” Women’s Monument Dedication Event

Honor 400 years of women at the dedication ceremony of the Women’s Monument. The first-in-the-nation monument dedicated to women on ...
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Women's Achieve Summit
October 15, 2019

Women’s Achieve Summit

Be a part of a multi-faceted, interactive event to honor women 400 years ago, today and in the future. The ...
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Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival
November 1-30, 2019

Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival

Explore the 2019 Commemoration’s finale month and themes in this exclusive online publication. The Commonwealth of Virginia invites all Americans ...
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Sampling the Centuries: Virginia’s Food Firsts
November 2

Sampling the Centuries: Virginia’s Food Firsts

Travel through four centuries of Virginia’s food history! The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution has partnered with Richmond's Fire, Flour & ...
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Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
November 3, 2019

Virginia Thanksgiving Festival

Join us at Berkeley Plantation for a day of food, games, and culture to celebrate the real home of Thanksgiving ...
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ALL EVENTS

SIGNATURE EVENTS

See how we are commemorating 400 years of Virginia and American history.

EXHIBITIONS

Museums, foundations, and cultural institutions showcase 400 years of American culture and history.

PROGRAMS

Our educational programs
highlight Virginia’s significant
role in American history.