WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 20, 2012 – As the traditional school year gets under way, homeschool families can enjoy history lessons at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, with a special ticket available September 8-23. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center homeschool programs coincide with Colonial Williamsburg’s “Homeschool Experience” on September 8-23.
The ticket – $10.50 per family member in advance and $11.00 starting September 1– provides unlimited admission to both museums September 8-23 and the opportunity to pre-register at no additional cost for optional student hands-on classroom programs and family guided tours of the museums’ outdoor living-history areas – Powhatan Indian village, replica 1607 ships, re-created colonial fort and riverfront discovery area at Jamestown Settlement, and re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. Homeschool families also can take part in a variety of colonial games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 15 and 22 at Jamestown Settlement and September 16 and 23 at the Yorktown Victory Center. Children age three and under receive complimentary admission.
Classroom programs last one hour and address Virginia and United States standards of learning for history and social studies. Based on space availability, students can enroll in one of four programs at each museum, according to grade level from preschool through twelfth grade:
Little Powhatans, Jamestown Settlement – Students take part in fun hands-on activities to identify the ways the Powhatan Indians used natural resources for food, shelter and clothing. Program Dates/Times:
September 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21 (10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.)
Little Farmers, Yorktown Victory Center – Students take part in hands-on activities to learn about life as a child on an 18th-century farm, including clothing, chores, stories and games. Program Dates/Times: September 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20 (10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.)
Powhatan Indian World, Jamestown Settlement – Students handle and analyze clothing, bone tools and pottery of the Powhatan Indian culture. Program Dates/Times: September 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.)
Colonial Life, Yorktown Victory Center – Students examine tools and materials used on a small Virginia farm to explore life of a typical Tidewater farming family. Program Dates/Times: September 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.)
Cultures at Jamestown, Jamestown Settlement – Students compare and contrast the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures in contact during the 17th century. Program Dates/Times: September 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.)
Revolutionary Virginia, Yorktown Victory Center – Students analyze primary sources and reproduction artifacts to learn about lives of ordinary 18th-century Virginians. Program Dates/Times: September 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.)
Voyage to Virginia, Jamestown Settlement – Students learn about the 1607 voyage to Virginia by exploring period navigational tools. Program Dates/Times: September 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21 (10:45 a.m., 2:45 p.m.)
Life of a Private, Yorktown Victory Center – Students explore a Continental soldier’s haversack, clothing and weapons to relate to the experiences of people during the American Revolution. Program Dates/Times: September 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20 (10:45 a.m., 2:45 p.m.)
Family Guided Tours of Outdoor Living-History Areas
Jamestown Settlement – A two-hour, hands-on history tour includes visits to outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 ships and colonial fort, and a riverfront discovery area. Tour Dates/Times: September 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 23 (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m.); September 10, 13, 17 and 20 (11 a.m.)
Yorktown Victory Center – A two-hour, hands-on history tour includes visits to outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. Tour Dates/Times: September 12, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m.); September 11, 14, 18 and 21 (11 a.m.)
The deadline to register for hands-on classroom programs and guided tours is 5 p.m. three business days prior to the program or tour. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center homeschool programs are offered twice a year, and the next session will be held on February 16-24, 2013. For more information about the Foundation’s homeschool programs or to register, contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 or toll-free (888) 868-7593, or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/homeschool-program.htm.
Jamestown Settlement, located on Route 31 South, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne and just southwest of Williamsburg, features exhibition galleries and an introductory film that chronicles the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures. The Yorktown Victory Center, located on Route 1020 in Yorktown near historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield, features gallery exhibits that relate the experiences of ordinary men and women who lived during the Revolutionary era. Exhibits provide eyewitness accounts of the American Revolution, describe the convergence of forces on Yorktown in 1781 for the climactic military engagement of the Revolution, and examine the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how people from many different cultures shaped a new society.
To learn more about the museums, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.