WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 12, 2018 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens and those adopted by American citizens will be held on Saturday, April 21, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security.
Fifty people from 28 countries – Afghanistan, Benin, Burma, China, Congo, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iran, Italy, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, South Korea, Saint Kitts/Nevis, Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam – will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and receive formal acknowledgement of their citizenship. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public on a space-available basis.
“In 1607 immigrants established America’s first permanent English colony near here at Jamestown, and 411 years later fifty youth will receive their Certificates of Citizenship,” said Sydney Riddle, regent for the Williamsburg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. “That in itself makes this ceremony especially meaningful and memorable for these young people as well as for those in attendance at the ceremony.”
The featured speaker for the event is Lee Ann Rose, owner of Shades of Our Past, a historical education interpretive company. She has played Martha Washington and Jane Vobe, proprietress of King’s Arms Tavern, at Colonial Williamsburg, as well as various other women in history. She will be portraying Martha Washington in her remarks at the ceremony.
USCIS Norfolk Field Office Supervisory Immigration Services Officer Linda Carter will administer the Oath of Allegiance to participants and, with Immigration Services officer Rebecca Barowick, present each with a Certificate of Citizenship. Individuals who are under 18 at the time their parents are naturalized are eligible for a Certificate of Citizenship. Candidates who are adopted by American citizens also are eligible.
Others with a role in the program are members of the Girl Scout Troop 1362 of Williamsburg, George Wythe Society Children of the American Revolution (CAR), Junior American Citizens (JAC) and the Jamestown Settlement Honor Guard, who will escort the 50 participants into Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Deputy Executive Director of Administration Frank Stovall; Williamsburg Chapter NSDAR Regent Sydney Riddle and Second Vice Regent Elizabeth Greaf.
Before or after the ceremony, visitors are invited to tour Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum which chronicles 17th-century Virginia and the convergence of American Indian, European and African cultures through gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in outdoor settings: replicas of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village and 1610-14 English fort.
General admission in 2018 is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6 through 12 at Jamestown Settlement, and $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6 through 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. A value-priced combination ticket for both museums is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6 through 12. Children under 6 are free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.
Operated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 in James City County, just southwest of the City of Williamsburg. For information about the museum, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org.