The Commemoration starts with you. Get involved and amplify your site, organization, and community with our seasonal programming cycles and associated resources.


The 2019 Commemoration Finale Grant is now open!

In November 2019, the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution is inviting America to “Come Home to Virginia” for the Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival, a month-long effort to foster statewide participation and tourism around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Events, exhibitions and programs taking place in Virginia in November will be promoted through a Finale Booklet that will be distributed statewide, the 2019 Commemoration website, paid media, and through social and PR Channels. All organizations around the state, regardless of focus, are invited to leverage commemoration resources and networks to increase visibility and enhance existing programs.

The 2019 Commemoration Finale Grant Program – administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) – will provide Virginia organizations and communities with the resources to participate in the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution’s Finale Month and will create a network of statewide partners who will bring the commemoration to their locality or region throughout the Commemorative year. The grant may be used for planning, execution, and/or marketing for events taking place between November 1-30, 2019. Events must reflect the theme of Virginia’s Customs, Cultures and Cuisines.


Engage with the Commemoration by participating in our statewide programming cycles. Click the icons below to submit an event for consideration to our partner event calendar.

Celebrate Virginia Changemakers

February- April

Share stories of Changemakers, past and present, who have shaped your community and help us craft a more complete narrative of Virginia’s History.

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America: Made in Virginia


Help tell the full story of our American Evolution with programs and events highlighting your community’s history.

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Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival


Invite America to “Come Home to Virginia” for the Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival. All organizations around the state, regardless of focus, are invited to participate.

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Align with us by taking advantage of the following resources:

Marketing Toolkit

Utilize our digital marketing kit to discover how Virginia has influenced the evolution of democracy, diversity, and opportunity in America over the past 400 years, and learn why that evolution remains relevant to your organization today.

Share your Stories

Contribute to our collective history and develop a more inclusive version of history by sharing your story on our digital storytelling platform. Check out the resources below to get started!

Host a Documentary Screening

Host an exclusive screening of our documentary for your community. Find more information on the documentary here and contact Kristin Ritchey with questions.

Feature our Traveling Exhibit

Feature this traveling exhibit in your community. The content highlights the historical origins of the Virginia General Assembly in the Great Charter of 1618, which authorized the governor to summon a General Assembly to act on legislation. The exhibition includes the legacy of representative government, which became the model adopted for the establishment of the government of the United States. Contact Kristin Ritchey for more information.

Virginia History Trail Partners

Use these resources to promote your involvement in the first of its kind Virginia History Trails App.


We have over 250 partners around the state just like you. Get in touch via our partner directory for co-programming or promotion opportunities. Peruse our co-programming ideas for inspiration.

Don’t be a stranger. Share your questions, ideas, and successes.


Check out these examples of partner success! Submit your photos to see them featured here.