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

SUMMER FUN CONTEST

Attention Virginia History Trail Sites: You could win $1000! Join our Virginia History Trails Summer Fun Contest.  The site with the most ‘check ins’ and ‘likes’ between June 15 and July 20 will win $1,000, no strings attached.

Use our resources to get started.  Contact Kristin Ritchey with questions or for more information.

PROGRAMMING CYCLES

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

May-October

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

November

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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PARTNER RESOURCES

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. “Evolution of America: 1619 to Today” is a one-hour documentary created for a national audience that explores four historical events of this seemingly obscure but decisive year, and the effect that year had on the growth and development of the U.S., which still resonates today. Supported by approximately 16 minutes of narration, the majority of the show features interviews with Virginia and national leaders discussing how the 1619 events are reflected in contemporary American society. Produced in partnership with Cinebar Productions, Inc., Maryland Public Television serves as the presenting PBS station for national marketing and distribution.

More information on the documentary here.  Contact Kristin Ritchey with questions or to book your viewing.

Feature our Traveling Exhibit

“The Great Charter and the General Assembly: Founding a Legacy in 1619” is an exhibition designed for a general audience and produced in two forms, including a wall panel exhibit to be mounted in the Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center and a set of eight pull-up banners for statewide distribution to partners. The content highlights the historical origins of the Virginia General Assembly in the Great Charter of 1618, which abolished martial law, allowed property to shift to private ownership, and 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.  

Virginia History Trail Partners

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

CONNECT

We have over 250 partners around the state just like you. Get in touch via our partner directory for co-programming or promotion opportunities. Submit events related to Democracy, Diversity, Opportunity and the historical events of 1619. Approved events will  be featured on our calendar. Peruse our co-programming ideas for inspiration.

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

GREAT IDEA GALLERY

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