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Jamestown’s TENACITY exhibit wins ‘Award of Excellence’

Jamestown Settlement's new exhibit "TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia," explores new and untold stories of the women in Jamestown. (WYDaily/Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)
Jamestown Settlement’s exhibit “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” explores new and untold stories of the women in Jamestown. (WYDaily/Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation recently won an award for TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.

The American Association for State and Local History’s “Award of Excellence” is for preservation and interpretation of state and local history, according to a news release from the foundation.

Tenacity was part of the 2019 Commemoration project telling the stories of women with artifacts, lecture series and theatrical performances. The exhibit debuted in Jamestown Nov. 10, 2018 and went through Jan. 5, 2019.

“While it’s rewarding to have the exhibition recognized, the real reward has been bringing these women’s lives into the narrative of early Virginia – and there’s no going back,” Katherine Egner Gruber, special exhibition curator at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “These difficult and often overlooked histories shape the complexity of the earliest years of our nation.

“We’re committed to continue integrating the legacy of Virginia Indian, west central African and English women in our galleries and programming,” she added.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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