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Jamestown Settlement was awarded a $100,000 grant from the James City County Board of Supervisors last week to support a planned special exhibit and holiday programming.
“We are grateful for James City County’s continued support,” said Philip G. Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement.
The grant will provide funding for “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America,” a forthcoming special exhibition slated to run June through December 2016. It will explore the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through the American Revolution.
Additionally, the grant will go toward two holiday programs, “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” and “A Colonial Christmas.” The former will run on Thanksgiving weekend of this year and focus on how food was gathered and prepared in the colony, while the latter will run from Dec. 26 through 31 and highlight the holiday traditions of the 17th century.
“The county’s investment is critical to providing relevant and unique educational opportunities that strengthen the national appeal of the Historic Triangle as a destination and Jamestown Settlement’s role as an educational resource for local residents,” Emerson said.