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William & Mary Phi Beta Kappa Honors Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation With 2019 Life Long Learning Award

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 13, 2019 – The Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Chapter of Virginia at William & Mary recognized the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation with the 2019 Life Long Learning Award for its “continuing pursuit of knowledge,” given to one individual and one organization or institution each year.

The Chapter acknowledged the “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement, a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, and its connection to the commemoration of 100 Years of Women at William & Mary.

“This is a fitting moment, indeed to continue to highlight the women of our community and our history,” noted Anne K. Rasmussen, vice president of Phi Beta Kappa, Founding Alpha Chapter of Virginia during a ceremony on Friday, May 10, in the university’s Sunken Garden.

“TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” a special yearlong exhibition on display through January 5, 2020, explores little-known, captivating personal stories of real women in Jamestown and the early Virginia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society.

The special exhibition features more than 60 artifacts on loan from international and national institutions, including a circa 1808 Bible on loan from the Special Collections Research Center at William & Mary. The artifact has a dual significance, as it is an example of the first printed in the United States by a woman, Jane Aitken, and it also is the Bible used by Katherine Rowe when she was sworn in as William & Mary’s first female president.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that administers two nationally accredited museums, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

For more information about the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Jamestown Settlement’s “TENACITY” special exhibition, visit jyfmuseums.org.