American Evolution 2019

Historic Christ Church & Museum is proud to be part of American Evolution 2019, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary of several significant historical events that took place in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. These include the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of women to the Virginia colony in significant numbers, the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, and the development of the colony’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit.

HCC&M will host several programs related to the 2019 commemoration, including this year's Sunday Speaker Series The Bones of Our Past: Jamestown and the Making of America and a Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) class on Virginia in 1619. HCC&M will also host two traveling exhibitions, one from the Hampton History Museum on the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia and the other from American Evolution 2019 and the Library of Virginia on the Great Charter of 1618. In June HCC&M will welcome renowned curator Bly Straube for a reception and presentation followed by a visit to Historic Jamestown and Jamestown Settlement the next day. Our Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence returns July 3 in a patriotic celebration for the community. In September join us inside Christ Church for classical music with the Wren Masters, a Williamsburg baroque quartet who will perform "Jamestown 1619: Music from the New World and the Old."