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November 8 Evening Lecture at Jamestown Settlement Explores Importance of 1619 Recruitment of English Women to Virginia Colony

Lecture Previews Themes in ‘TENACITY’ Special Exhibition Opening November 10

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 1, 2018 – An evening public lecture on Thursday, November 8, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, will explore the reasons behind the Virginia Company of London’s effort in 1619 to recruit English women to the Jamestown colony and its impact on the development of Virginia.

Misha Ewen, a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Political Economy at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, will discuss “Building a Commonwealth: The Vital Role of Women in Early Virginia” at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 8, in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater. The evening lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended at rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572.

The lecture previews themes in the upcoming yearlong special exhibition, “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” opening November 10, 2018, through January 5, 2020. The special exhibition, a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, will explore little-known stories of the Virginia Indian, English and African women in the Virginia colony, as well as their tenacious spirit and legacy in American history.

Misha Ewen will explore the reasons behind the Virginia Company of London’s effort to recruit English women to the Jamestown colony, as well as the backgrounds of some of the 56 women who came to the New World in 1621. On loan for the first time in America from the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College Cambridge, United Kingdom, The Ferrar Papers, circa 1621, are among more than 60 rare artifacts and primary sources on loan from 22 international and national institutions for the “TENACITY” special exhibition. The Ferrar Papers contain business documents of the Virginia Company of London and list the names, references and qualifications of many of the 56 women recruited to go to Virginia in 1621 to become wives of the settlers. A touch-screen interactive display will be located near the original documents to allow visitors to delve into passages of the papers to learn more about these early English women.

As a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, Misha Ewen has studied the role of women and families in the establishment of the early English Empire. She previously worked at the University of Kent and studied at the University of Nottingham, University of Manchester and University College London. She also has studied during an exchange at Yale University in 2015 and during research fellowships at the Huntington Library in California and the Folger Library in Washington, D.C.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement is a year-round stage for the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, a national observance of the 400th anniversary of keyhistorical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. A museum of 17th-century Virginia, Jamestown Settlement explores the world of America’s first permanent English colony and the convergence of Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures through immersive gallery exhibits and outdoor living-history experiences. Jamestown Settlement is administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. Parking is free. Museum admission is $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6 through 12 (2019: $17.50 for adults, $8.25 for ages 6-12), and free for children under 6.

For information about the November 8 lecture and “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” call toll-free (888) 593-4682 or (757) 253-4838, or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/tenacity/.