Revolutionary War Lecture Series

7 p.m., September 6, 13, 20 & 27
Previewing American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Permanent Exhibition Galleries

The The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s annual Revolutionary War lecture series will this year preview new permanent exhibition galleries debuting in mid-October in conjunction with the museum’s change in name to “American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.”

On four consecutive Tuesdays in September, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff speakers will explore a range of topics linking to gallery storylines.  Illustrated with elements of the new galleries, including a selection of artifacts that will be on exhibit, the free public lectures are at 7 p.m. in the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown theater.

Ed AyresSeptember 6 – “Defending the Commonwealth: Lafayette and the Summer of 1781”

Historian Ed Ayres will discuss how in 1781 General Lafayette’s troops continued to counter a large British force that had invaded Virginia.  His bold actions kept the state’s defense from collapsing before the arrival of an allied army that later trapped Cornwallis at Yorktown.

Peter ArmstrongSeptember 13 – “Journey Through the American Revolution in 10 Objects”

Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education Peter Armstrong will describe the stories behind 10 of the most surprising objects visitors will see in the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries, and how they helped define a new nation.

Kate GruberSeptember 20 – “James Lafayette: Invisible Spy”

Curator Kate Gruber will share newly uncovered research on the life and times of James Lafayette, including his own fight for personal liberty after helping secure the Patriot victory at the Siege of Yorktown through his work as a spy, infiltrating British camps and gathering information for the American side.

September 27 – “Digging Yorktown’s Past: An Archaeological View of 18th-Century Yorktown”

Ed Ayres will provide an overview of several key archaeological excavations in Yorktown in the 1970s.  Special attention will be given to work at the 1781 Grand French battery on the first allied siege line.

Admission & Reservations

Admission to the lectures is free, with advance reservations recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or emailing

About the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, located at Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway (200 Water Street), chronicles the American Revolution, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, through indoor exhibits and historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period farm.  Under the administration of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency, the museum is undergoing a transformation and will be renamed the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown® with the debut of an introductory film and expansive permanent exhibition galleries on October 15 and 16, 2016.  Work continues on constructing outdoor visitor amenities and a living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, and a grand opening celebration will take place March 23 to April 4, 2017.  The The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown remains open to visitors daily.