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Meet 7 Women who Shaped America
Posted on July 20, 2018
When we think about what we know about history and the events that led to the formation of the United States, key dates like 1492 and 1776 come to mind. Many people don’t know that 1619 was another of those pivotal years that continue to shape our lives.
Meet 7 Women who Shaped America
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and American Evolution Launch the Virginia History Trails Mobile App
Posted on May 22, 2018
How many times have you driven along a major highway in Virginia, noticed a marker that tells the story of a significant event or figure in our state or nation’s past, and wish that you could locate that same spot again later to learn more? On May 14, Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of the Virginia History Trails mobile app...
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and American Evolution Launch the Virginia History Trails Mobile App
AMERICAN EVOLUTION KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH VIRGINIA HISTORY TRAILS SITES PARTNER SUMMIT
Posted on May 17, 2018
The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution kicked off the summer travel season by bringing the keepers of Virginia’s history and heritage tourism together for the Statewide Partner Summit, May 14-15 in Richmond.  
AMERICAN EVOLUTION KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH VIRGINIA HISTORY TRAILS SITES PARTNER SUMMIT
American Evolution Recognizes Winners of the 2018 Innovators Cup
Posted on April 26, 2018
The 2018 American Evolution Innovators Cup, held on April 12 at the Tom Tom Founders Festival, convened 14 entrepreneurial teams from 11 Virginia colleges and universities. Each team pitched their compelling business ideas to a panel of distinguished judges that included Steve Huffman, Reddit co-founder, Nancy Twine, Briogeo Hair Products CEO and Founder and Jenn Finn, SVP Small Business Bank at Capital One.
American Evolution Recognizes Winners of the 2018 Innovators Cup
Virginia Observes the First Ever Barbara Johns Day to Honor the Student Civil Rights Movement
Posted on April 26, 2018
On April 23, 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia honored Barbara Rose Johns, a courageous 16-year-old African-American student who, in 1951, ignited the Student Civil Rights Movement. Ms. Johns conceived, and led, the historic student walkout at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia. With 400 of her fellow classmates, she marched to the steps of the Prince Edward County courthouse to demand equal education rights.
Virginia Observes the First Ever Barbara Johns Day to Honor the Student Civil Rights Movement
Addressing the Arrival of the First Africans - Commemoration not Celebration
Posted on February 21, 2018
As we focus on the five historical developments of 1619 that continue to directly influence America today, it is important that we acknowledge the complexity of our history and the injustices that are interwoven throughout. This is particularly relevant when we address the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America.
Addressing the Arrival of the First Africans - Commemoration not Celebration
2019 Commemoration presents American Evolution Innovators Cup at Tom Tom Founders Festival
Posted on February 14, 2018
American Evolution is thrilled to be returning as a sponsor and exhibitor at the Tom Tom Founders Festival, April 9-15 in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship, Tom Tom is a perfect example of the ways creativity and opportunity continue to define our state. During the festival, Charlottesville’s downtown will be bustling with live music, workshops, and summits, drawing attendees that span a variety of industries and disciplines.
2019 Commemoration presents American Evolution Innovators Cup at Tom Tom Founders Festival
Can a Commemoration Be Inclusive?
Posted on February 6, 2018
In commemorating Virginia’s progression over 400 years, American EvolutionTM seeks to highlight a more inclusive history and provide a forum for Virginians from all walks of life to set a course for the future. While there are dominant narratives in the telling of any history, the 2019 Commemoration presents us with an opportunity to intentionally and thoughtfully broaden our lens.
Can a Commemoration Be Inclusive?
A Focus on Native Americans
Posted on January 26, 2018
You may have noticed that much of our focus with the 2019 Commemoration is directed toward legacy projects and partnership initiatives throughout Virginia. While the 2019 Commemoration is being steered by American Evolution, it is very much intended to incorporate involvement from the state as a whole. In supporting various programs that align with our themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity, we hope to reinforce a broader engagement with our history.
A Focus on Native Americans
Why is Democracy a Central Theme of American Evolution?
Posted on October 27, 2017
In exploring the events of 1619 and all that they set into motion, we find the earliest roots of principles that continue to define our nation. American Evolution has selected the triadic themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity as a prism through which to view our journey over the past 400 years and into the future. Each of these themes is closely associated with one or more 1619 event(s), and all three have been intertwined across the subsequent arc of our history. So, where does democracy come into play?
Why is Democracy a Central Theme of American Evolution?
What is American Evolution?
Posted on October 27, 2017
Did you know that 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of several significant developments in early Virginia? The year 1619 saw the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women to Virginia in large numbers, the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, and the development of Virginia’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
What is American Evolution?