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Footprints by the River
July 9 @ 10:00 am - August 2 @ 12:00 pmFree
You’ve probably been asked -“Have you been to Jamestown?” Chances are you have, and even if your answer is yes, you will surely want to join us in visiting there and learning about what makes it such an exciting place. Once there you can walk where John Smith walked – on the forest edge which reaches out into the marshes lining the River, listen to the rustling of the reeds along the banks and smell the salt-laden winds that brought the first Virginians to this island in 1607 where they encountered people of the native kingdom who had long been here.
You can experience all this and much more by signing up for the Mathews Memorial Library program that begins on Tuesday, July 9th and continues each week through Friday, August 2nd. This year is a very special year in which to visit and learn about how America really began at Jamestown for three very important things happened there four hundred years ago in 1619. As part of the adventure, you will become either a member of a native American tribe or a member of the English settlement. While having lots of fun, you will learn about the story of Jamestown and much more.
Each week will bring new adventures and opportunities Week One explores America before the arrival of the English with a visit to the Pamunkey Tribe and an opportunity to learn about the daily life of its residents before 1607. Week Two follows a young sailor as he gets his first view of what will become Jamestown where he helps to build a colony on an island. Week Three is a chance to learn about three events in 1619 that changed the colony and helped make America as we know it. Week four is a celebration of our journey from a small group on an island to a place that welcomes people from other lands and cultures, concluding with a visit to the Library of Virginia and a grand picnic overlooking the James River.
At the library, beginning on the 9th, if you are between the ages of 6 and 14, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week during July through August 2nd will be devoted to you. In addition to Lemonade Lectures on Tuesdays and Discovery Days on Fridays, each Thursday will be an opportunity to make your own statement in Creative Activities. Wednesdays are reserved for “Tales to be Told” for preschoolers through kindergarten who will hear stories about “Footprints by the River.”
Scheduled activities will be held each day between 10:00 a.m. and noon, unless otherwise noted. Lemonade and cookies will be served after each program, except during Discovery Days when participants will need to bring a lunch.
Registration is required along with parental approval (Field Trip Permission Slip) for all Discovery Day events. Children who do not attend the Lemonade Lecture but who wish to join in the field trips on Friday will be asked to cover the cost of their admission. Otherwise, participation in all activities is available at no charge.