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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Announces New Deputy Director/Senior Director of Administration & Chief Development Officer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 29, 2022 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is pleased to announce the July 5 arrival of two new directors, Dr. Juliet Machie as deputy director/senior director of administration and Melissa Thompson as chief development officer.

Dr. Juliet Machie, Deputy Director/Senior Director of Administration

Juliet Machie_JYF Deputy-Senior Director of AdministrationAs deputy director/senior director for administration, Dr. Machie will oversee the Foundation’s departments in finance, information technology, security, facilities and grounds maintenance and retail operations. Machie is a seasoned leader with expertise in organizational strategy, budgeting, planning and project management. She has worked predominantly in libraries and higher education throughout her career, notably with experiences in library service, leadership, organization development, public relations, facilities management and enterprise solutions.

She most recently served as the executive director of the New Jersey Library Association, working collaboratively with federal, state and local governments and community organizations, and previously served as an interim executive and strategic consultant for Library Link New Jersey. She has served in leadership roles at the Detroit, Mich., library system, managing capital projects and budgets of up to $51 million. She also served as an adjunct professor at two university graduate programs, teaching library sciences and organizational management.

She holds a doctorate in education from Grand Canyon University, a master’s in library science from North Carolina Central University, as well as master’s and undergraduate degrees from Southern University in Louisiana.

Melissa Thompson, Chief Development Officer

Melissa Thompson_JYF Chief Development OfficerThompson, who will lead national fundraising efforts of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., has more than 30 years of progressive development experience, with the past two decades in senior-level positions. She began her development career at William & Mary and later The Citadel and U.S. Naval Institute.

She previously served as chief development officer of the Army Historical Foundation/National Museum of the U.S. Army, developing a robust fundraising operation that increased annual giving 35 percent, year over year. She successfully implemented a $200 million capital campaign for the museum that opened in 2020, raising more than half in a five-year period. She has served as vice president of external affairs for the Historic Annapolis Foundation, increasing membership by 37 percent and fundraising by 116 percent, and then as director of development at National Public Radio, increasing giving by 50 percent during her tenure.

Thompson holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from William & Mary.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that administers two living-history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The museums are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, visit jyfmuseums.org or call (757) 253-4838.



‘Liberty Celebration’ Salutes July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 23, 2022 – This Fourth of July, salute the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.   From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4, visitors can enjoy interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed t

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‘What Freedom Means’ Civic Season Series Launches June 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 6, 2022 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will present “What Freedom Means,” a themed series of civics-related programs and events in June and July to engage younger generations in the role of American democracy. Programs kickoff on Sunday, June 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Events and programs are in partnership with Made By Us, a national coalitio

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Jamestown Settlement to Present May 14 Special Events to Commemorate the 415th Anniversary of Jamestown’s 1607 Founding and Honor Enduring Virginia Indian Traditions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 9, 2022 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present a full day of interpretive programs and live demonstrations on Saturday, May 14 to commemorate the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, and honor the enduring legacies and traditions of the Virginia Indians who have occupied Virginia’s landscape for centuries.

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2022 Talking History Lecture Series Launches March 24 with Discussion on Loyalist Women Writers of the Revolution

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 21, 2022 – The Talking History Lecture Series returns for the 2022 season on Thursday, March 24, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with a free public lecture by Dr. Kacy Dowd Tillman on Loyalist women writers of the Revolution. In the first of three public lectures this spring and during Women’s History Month, Tillman, a published scholar and professor o

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Jamestown Settlement Panel Discussion on March 22 Examines the 400-Year Anniversary of 1622 Turning Point in Powhatan-English Relations

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 17, 2022 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present “Strategy & Strength: Commemorating the 1622 Powhatan Offensive” with a free panel discussion at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 that explores the 400th anniversary of pivotal 1622 events that led to a turning point in Powhatan and English relations. Chickahominy Indian

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Returns to Jamestown Settlement on March 19-20 with a Musical Salute to the Armed Forces

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 11, 2022 – Make ready for centuries of military history all in one weekend during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” annual event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20. [caption id="attachment_39253" align="alignleft" width="300"] Truetone Honeys will perform with The Matt Fattal Big Band at Jamestown Settlement'

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​‘After Angelo’ Event Returns to Jamestown Settlement on February 26 for Celebration of African American Art, Music, Storytelling and Community

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 18, 2022 – “After Angelo” returns to Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, February 26 for a one-day special event honoring the legacy of one of the first African women mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown with a lively celebration of African American culture and heritage showcasing art, music, storytelling and community conversation. Beginning at 12

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