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Just a Pinch of Salt

"First there is salt, without which practically nothing is edible." Plutarch (46-120 AD) Today, we take salt for granted. It is a common condiment — inexpensive and readily available to sprinkle on our foods. But it hasn’t always been that way. As Mark Kurlansky expressed in his 2002 study on the topic, "from the beginning of civilization until about 100 years ago, salt was one of the most

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Quadricentennial Minutes – Profit Motive

This series of minute-long videos describes the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown in 1607.

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Quadricentennial Minutes – International Trade

This series of minute-long videos describes the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown in 1607.

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What early industries were in Virginia before tobacco?

When the Virginia Company established a colony at Jamestown in 1607, its leadership had high hopes that a wide array of materials could be tapped or produced. Company officials wrote, “The country it selfe is large and great . . . the land is full of milneralles, plenty of woods (the wants of England). . .the soile is strong and lustie of its owne nature.” Initially investors hoped for precious ma

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National History Day / Virginia History Day

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Scouting Merit Badges

Choose from one of three programs that will support the completion of the following merit badges: American Cultures, Virginia Indians or American Heritage. Cultures at Jamestown – Through an interactive guided tour at Jamestown Settlement, Scouts are introduced to the Powhatan Indians, English Settlers and West Central Africans. Discover how the ideas and knowledge of these 3 cultures impact, b

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How did tobacco become a “cash crop” for Jamestown?

[caption id="attachment_24218" align="aligncenter" width="768"] First Tobacco, Sidney King[/caption] Download this lesson GRADE LEVEL Upper Elementary, Middle STANDARDS AND SKILLS Virginia Standards of Learning VS.3, VS.4, US1.3, US1.4 Demonstrating comprehension, Making connections, Making economic decisions, Questioning and critical thinking skills This lesson also meets national sta

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Why did some colonial Virginians continue to support the King?

[caption id="attachment_24996" align="aligncenter" width="773"] Dunmore's Proclamation, Library of Congress[/caption] Download this lesson GRADE LEVEL Upper Elementary, Middle, High School STANDARDS AND SKILLS VS.4, VS.5, US1.5, US1.6, VUS.4, VUS.5 Demonstrating Comprehension; Comparing and Contrasting; Determining Cause and Effect; Using Information Sources; Organizing Information; Questi

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Seeds of Plenty

What do corn, tobacco, flax, and sage all how in common? Find out how crops and herbs – medicinal, practical, culinary and cash crops alike – all shaped life in Virginia as you explore our Revolution-era farm. Perfect for adult groups. Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “This program was perfect for my students. It aligned with the state standards and pro

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Yorktown Gallery Sampler Tour

Are you a patriot or a loyalist? Find out which side of the Revolution you stand on as you explore our state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and displays in our gallery. Learn about the people, politics and issues that founded the United States of America. For all ages. Great for adults! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “This was a really good tour for

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