Discover the latest video and lectures brought to you by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
Video and Classroom Instruction Unit Tobacco was an important crop grown in Virginia and the other southern colonies before the American Revolution and was essential to the economy during colonial times. In this video, two young visitors learn about growing tobacco, why it was called a cash crop, how the farmer exchanged his tobacco for a note rather than cash and how farming changed during and after the war. Teachers and parents, check out this classroom instruction unit that will bring colonial economics to life for your students! Learners will explore the 18th-century tobacco economy as they watch a short video and engage in vocabulary, graphing and historical analysis activities. Students can test their success as a colonial farmer in the culminating board game activity. A teacher lesson plan, background reading and activity answer keys are included in the unit. Get ready to amaze your students at how fun economics can be!
The Passionality Profiles are a series of first-person video interviews with historical interpretive staff at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. These employees describe how their "passion" for Virginia history inspires them at work. Kristin Detwiler, a Jamestown Settlement historical interpreter, explains why she's passionate about early 17th-century Virginia history. Anastasia Triantafillos, a historical interpreter in the Powhatan Indian Village at Jamestown Settlement talks about using clay to engage visitors. Pat Laccadito, a Yorktown Victory Center historical interpreter, explains why she's passionate about planting seeds and helping visitors "grow" their knowledge of 18th-century life on a Virginia farm. Fred Scholpp describes what motivates him after 25 years as a historical interpreter with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. T.J. Savage, a Yorktown Victory Center historical interpreter, explains why he loves his job.
Meet some of the historical interpretors at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
The Curator’s Corner is a video series that highlights artifacts found in the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection, from the perspective of curatorial staff and conservators. Currently, these videos highlight artifacts which will be exhibited at the Yorktown Victory Center. These artifacts will be transferred to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016. To learn more about the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection, visit Exhibitions.
This video series highlights artifacts found in the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.
Jamestown Settlement Special Exhibition: May 15, 2010 to June 30, 2011 Learn more about Werowocomoco, the former principal residence of Powhatan, paramount chief of 30-some Indian tribes in Virginia’s coastal region. Artifacts spanning 10,000 years from Werowocomoco – Virginia’s original “capital” city and the principal residence of Powhatan, paramount chief of 30-some Indian tribes in Virginia’s coastal region at the time English colonists arrived in 1607 – were shown for the first time in a museum setting in the Jamestown Settlement special exhibition “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power.” View a three-minute video about Werowocomoco produced in partnership with WCVE Community Idea Stations. To learn more about the “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power” special exhibition, read the exhibition overview or download the brochure.
EXHIBIT (2011-2012): Learn more about the transformational impact of scientific advances, economic developments and social change in the 17th century. Jamestown Settlement Special Exhibition: November 16, 2011 to August 15, 2012 The transformational impact of scientific advances, economic developments and social change found expression in this special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Sixty-five objects from the VMFA collection were selected to illustrate seven themes in the exhibition. To learn more, download the exhibition brochure or visit our "The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World" webpage.
A special exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
Learn about the hardships facing a young American soldier in the Revolutionary War. This video is based on the military journal of Jeremiah Greenman, a solider in the Continental Army. Revolutionary Soldier Thousands of men joined the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington. Most were from the middle and lower ranks of society and enlisted as privates. Learn about the hardships facing Jeremiah Greenman, an American soldier in the Revolutionary War. Teachers and parents, check out the Life of a Private lesson plans. Students learn why men joined the Continental Army, the hardship's of a soldier's life, and the role of women and African Americans with the army. The document analysis lesson plan "What challenges did the Continental Army face?" utilizes the Jeremiah Greenman video.
Learn about the hardships facing Jeremiah Greenman, an American soldier in the Revolutionary War.
An Electronic Classroom Adventure for Teachers and Students The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation partnered with WHRO in 2007 to create a series of five educational videos about Jamestown. These videos explore the three different groups of people at Jamestown, the colonists’ voyage across the Atlantic, and the legacy of the settlement. Links to accompanying lesson plans and image galleries are provided below. Lesson Plans The People of Jamestown: The English (Role Play)
The People of Jamestown: The Africans (Using the Five Themes of Geography)
The People of Jamestown: The Powhatan Indians (Categorizing Information)
Voyage to Virginia (Keeping a Journal)
Jamestown Legacy (Creating a Symbol) Image Galleries The English (14 images)
Powhatan Indians (12 images)
West Central Africans (27 images)
Maps (4 images)
A series of five educational videos about Jamestown created by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and WHRO.
Howard Burnham portrays King James I in this dynamic five-part video series. Explore James’ childhood, his journey to the throne, the translation of the King James version of the Bible, political intrigue and the establishment of a British colony at Jamestown in Virginia.
Investigate the economy of 17th-century Jamestown through inquiry with historical interpreters at Jamestown Settlement.
Learn about the voyage of the Sea Venture, the flagship of a fleet that came to resupply the Jamestown colony in 1609. The Sea Venture was shipwrecked on Bermuda and the survivors built two new ships from the wreckage, arriving at Jamestown in 1610.
Explore the mechanics of matchlock and flintlock muskets in this video about 17th- and 18th-century firearms. Make ready, present your piece, FIRE! Explore the mechanics of matchlock and flintlock muskets in this video about 17th- and 18th-century firearms. Historical interpreters present daily musket demonstrations in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created colonial fort and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s re-created Continental Army encampment.