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New lecture series discusses Native American women in leadership at Jamestown Settlement

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Jamestown Settlement)
The new “Talking History” lecture series debuts on March 11 at Jamestown Settlement with a lecture related to the ongoing special exhibition, “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience.” (WYDaily/Courtesy of Jamestown Settlement)

JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is offering a new series of free public lectures which present the theme of linking historical storylines presented at each museum with events in the present day.

The lecture series entitled, “Talking History,” begins Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Robins Foundation Theater located at Jamestown Settlement. They will host Diana Gates of the Nottoway tribe, who serves as the managing senior tribal specialist for the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development.

Her presentation is entitled, “The Continuing Role of Virginia Indian Women in Leadership,” according to a news release from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

There will be limited capacity for the lecture, with advance online registration is required.

This public lecture is a part of the ongoing Jamestown Settlement special exhibition, “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience,” on display through March 25, 2022.

Diana Gates, of the Nottoway tribe, will give a lecture at the Robins Foundation Theater on Mar. 11. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Jamestown Settlement)

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“In collaboration with Virginia Indian tribal communities, ‘FOCUSED‘ features personal and professional photography collections charting a century of change, from the passage and repeal of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 to state and federal recognition today,” according to the news release.

Prior to the lecture, this special exhibition opens for public viewing at 6 p.m. It focuses on the resilience of Virginia’s Indian population and highlights themes that are central to daily life for Virginia IndianS, including the establishment and maintenance of Virginia Indian reservations and tribal lands, education, fishing and hunting, traditional crafts, and cultural heritage.

Gallery and films presented at both Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with outdoor interpretive areas accessible from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg and The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. Parking at both museums is free.

Lecture attendees must register in advance. The lecture series will take place live at the museums, with limited capacity and protective protocols in place to ensure a safe event experience. For those unable to attend in person, recorded videos will be made available online following each presentation, contingent upon prior approval from individual guest lecturers.

To register for the March 11 lecture and to learn more about upcoming programs, visit the website here.

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