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Tenacious Women Lecture Series

at Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement presents a “Tenacious Women Lecture Series” on Thursday evenings from March through November 2019 in conjunction with the yearlong special exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.”

The nine-part lecture series features scholars, curators and authors speaking on women throughout history. These evening lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required at (757) 253-4572 or

March 7, 2019: “Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m.  Dr. Lucy Worsley, OBE, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and one of British TV’s leading public historians and authors, presented an illustrated talk that makes you rethink what you know about Queen Victoria and takes you into the life, palaces and rich colorful age of a woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.


March 14, 2019: “Prisoners of History: Pocahontas and American Indian Women in Cultural Context,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Karenne Wood, Director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, explored two very different stories of American Indian women, Pocahontas and Mary Jemison.  Dr. Karenne Wood’s presentation was presented by her designated proxy, Evangeline Calland, an interfaith chaplain who practices in Charlottesville, Va.

April 4, 2019: “Matter Out of Place: The Writing of Ar’n’t I a Woman,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m.  Dr. Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University examined the researching and writing “Ar’n’t I a Woman: Female Slaves in the Plantation South.”  See video of presentation.


May 2, 2019: “Colonizing Women,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, explored the relationships between the English women brought to early Jamestown, the men who desired them as wives and the Powhatan and Afro-Caribbean/African women affected by their presence.


June 13 - Tenacious Women Lecture with Martha W. McCartneyJune 13, 2019: “Piracy, Political Intrigue and Human Tragedy: Virginia’s First Africans,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Sharing her discoveries from previously unexamined documents, historian and author Martha W. McCartney presented her ground-breaking new research from the United Kingdom’s National Archives on the circumstances surrounding the 1619 arrival of Angelo and the colony’s first Africans. See video of presentation.


June 20, 2019: “England’s Bartered Brides: Building New Lives in Early Jamestown,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – British author Jennifer Potter shared untold stories of 17th-century English women who crossed the ocean to find husbands in Virginia. See video of presentation.



September 12, 2019: “My Family of Women’s Rights Advocates: From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Me,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Coline Jenkins, legislator, author, and the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leading figure of the early women’s rights movement, will shed light on the evolution of American democracy through the inclusion of women as full citizens. Made possible in part by Dominion Energy.


October 10, 2019: “Gilt and Silk: Early 17th-Century Costume,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Rebecca Quinton, curator of European Costume and Textile at Glasgow Museums, will examine Jacobean dress and the textiles used to make it, with particular reference to women’s wear and surviving items in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland. Made possible in part by Dominion Energy.


October 24, 2019: “Collectively Indispensable, Individually Obscure: The Women of Early Virginia,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Bly Straube, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation curator, will explore some of the little-known stories of Powhatan, English, and African women in the early 17th-century Virginia colony through examination of museum objects, archaeological discoveries and primary sources. Made possible in part by Dominion Energy.


November 14, 2019: “We Cannot Be Tame Spectators: Tenacious Women in Early Virginia,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Cynthia Kierner, Professor of History at George Mason University, will share the stories of women who survived and thrived in an era when many women lacked property, education and civil rights. Made possible in part by Dominion Energy.


Admission: Evening public lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required at  (757) 253-4572 or

The “Tenacious Women Lecture Series” is funded in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund.