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.

Faith Journeys in the Black Experience, 1619-2019
March 19-21, 2019

Faith Journeys in the Black Experience, 1619-2019

The Virginia Council of Churches and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University will convene a ...
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American Evolution Innovators Cup at Tom Tom Founders Festival
April 11-13, 2019

American Evolution Innovators Cup at Tom Tom Founders Festival

The American Evolution Innovators Cup will showcase Virginia's academic excellence through a unique competition to amplify the intellectual property and ...
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Virginia International Tattoo
April 25-28, 2019

Virginia International Tattoo

Mounting a mighty spectacle that changes every year, the Virginia International Tattoo summons more than 1,000 performers including fife and ...
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World Premier: Dance Theatre of Harlem World Premiere-Norfolk, VA
May 3-5, 2019

World Premier: Dance Theatre of Harlem World Premiere-Norfolk, VA

Virginia Arts Festival, in partnership with American Evolution, has commissioned a new ballet from Dance Theater of Harlem, which will ...
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Global Pathfinder Summit
May 20-24 2019

Global Pathfinder Summit

The original settlers of Jamestown were by and large young pioneers who changed the world. The Commemoration will convene a ...
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Presidential Ideas Festival: Democracy in Dialogue
May 21-23, 2019

Presidential Ideas Festival: Democracy in Dialogue

University of Virginia’s Miller Center will convene political leaders, top scholars and students – future leaders and influencers – for ...
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Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet-John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
May 28-31, 2019

Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet-John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Virginia Arts Festival, in partnership with American Evolution, has commissioned a new ballet from Dance Theater of Harlem, which will ...
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400th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony of the First Representative Legislative Assembly
July 30, 2019

400th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony of the First Representative Legislative Assembly

American Evolution commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first representative assembly in the western hemisphere, which was held in Jamestown’s ...
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International Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy
Jul 31, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019

International Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy

The first general assembly composed of men from each of Virginia’s eleven major settlements met for the first time at ...
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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.