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Making Your Garden Grow

What common decorative plant seen in lawns today was used by the Powhatan Indians to make rope? Why did the English starve while the Virginia Indians had plenty? Discover Jamestown as ground zero for the clash of American and introduced cultivars, and how food crops affected American evolution.  Great for adult groups! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.  “I learned

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Jamestown Guided Tour

Take in the incredible history of America’s first permanent English settlement on this interactive tour. Each group is led by a professional museum educator who will ask questions and pose problems that help students connect to the people and events of Jamestown’s history from multiple perspectives. Along the way, they’ll engage in activities in the recreated Powhatan Indian Village, ships, and Ja

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Cultures at Jamestown

How did their interactions shape American history and life in the United States today? Through exploration of the re-created Powhatan Village, ships, and fort, students use artifact analysis and collaboration to compare the technology, ideas, and knowledge of the 3 cultures to discover the impact, both positive and negative, these societies had on each other. For grades 4 and up. Great for adult g

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Little Powhatans

Students compare their lives to those of Powhatan Indian children 400 years ago. Practice hunting skills, gather walnuts, work in the garden and explore the re-created Powhatan Indian Village for clues about shelter, clothing, and cooking. Take a trip through the gallery to find Chief Powhatan and Pocahontas. For kindergarten and 1st grade. Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of L

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Dig Deeper: Jamestown Crime “Seen”

At the recreated James Fort, students work in teams to examine primary source documents, artifacts and other evidence to solve a 400-year-old mystery:  Was the gunpowder injury that sent John Smith back to England in 1609 an accident, a crime, or an attempt to sabotage the colony?  Students analyze the evidence, see a re-creation of the “accident”, apply logic, and draw conclusions.  They present

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Dig Deeper: Home on the James

At the Riverfront discovery area, students compare cultures by testing Powhatan, English and African building techniques.  They’ll make cordage from plant fibers and lash the framework of a Powhatan Indian yehakin, and construct a wattle wall and daub it using English methods.  Teams work cooperatively to problem-solve and complete each task of construction. For grades 4 and up. Perfect for corpor

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Gallery Sampler Tour

Get the whole Jamestown story on a tour of our 30,000 square foot gallery, chock full of rare artifacts and documents that highlight the story of three cultures in early Virginia – the Powhatan Indians, English and West Central Africans. Great for adult groups! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.  “My seniors got so much more out of this wonderful museum because of y

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Living History Sampler Tour

A one-hour running shoes overview of the Powhatan Indian Village, ships and James Fort, including fascinating personalities and stories of courage and cowardice. For all ages Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “It greatly supported content covered in class and provided ample realia to make the learning experience meaningful.” - 4th Grade Teacher, Accomack

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Powhatan Indian World

In the re-created Powhatan Indian Village, students work in collaborative groups to solve problems such as finding fibers in yucca plants, building smoking racks, sewing pouches and other daily activities as they explore the culture of the Powhatan people. Visits to the re-created ships and fort provide more context to the students to discuss the impacts the English arrival had on the Powhatan I

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