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.

400th Anniversary of the First Representative Legislative Assembly
July 30, 2019

400th Anniversary of the First Representative Legislative Assembly

Join us as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in America.  Did you know that the Virginia General ...
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American Evolution Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy
Jul 30, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019

American Evolution Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy

Join us for a forum that will bring together representatives from democracies around the world in commemoration of the seeds ...
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African Arrival Commemoration and Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center Dedication
August 23-25, 2019

African Arrival Commemoration and Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center Dedication

Join American Evolution, Fort Monroe and the City of Hampton for 3 days of music, tours, and the grand opening ...
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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

Join us at the dedication ceremony of the Women’s Monument, which honors 400 years of women. The first-in-the-nation monument dedicated ...
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Women's Achieve Summit
October 15, 2019

Women’s Achieve Summit

Join us for a multi-faceted, interactive event to honor women 400 years ago, today and in the future. The Women’s ...
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Customs, Cultures & Cuisine Festival
November 1-30, 2019

Customs, Cultures & Cuisine Festival

The Commonwealth of Virginia invites all Americans to “Come Home to Virginia” for the Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival ...
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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.