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.

“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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10th Biennial Conference, ASWAD (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora)
November 5-9, 2019

10th Biennial Conference, ASWAD (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora)

Join American Evolution and William & Mary for a weeklong event featuring film, travel, and scholarship that will commemorate the ...
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Fanfare to the Military & Democracy
November 9, 2019

Fanfare to the Military & Democracy

Come out and enjoy an all-star performance by musicians in the armed forces. Strike up the bands! The Virginia Arts ...
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Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival
November 21-24, 2019

Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival

We invite you to share in 4 days of award-winning films to honor the contributions of Native Americans. The Pocahontas ...
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Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Dedication
Spring 2020

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Dedication

Dedicated to the contributions of African American Virginians in the fight for freedom, the monument will feature a 12-foot bronze ...
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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.