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  1. 1. America’s Historic Triangle Resource Notebook 6/20/2006 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration 1 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration The very essence of modern America took root on the banks of the James River in 1607, at Jamestown, Virginia ... 13 years before the Pilgrims founded Plymouth in Massachusetts. The goal of this very special anniversary is to capture the spirit, imagination, and diversity of Americans and develop that energy into a myriad of community programs, signature events, and national and international festivities that showcases Virginia's unique role as the birthplace of modern America and the cradle of American democratic traditions, cultures, ideologies and principles - 400 years strong. Signature Events GODSPEED SAIL When: May 2006 through July 2006 Where: Alexandria, Va. - May 28 through June 4 Baltimore, Md. - June 9 through June 12 Philadephia, Pa. - June 16 through June 19 New York, NY. - June 27 through July 6 Boston, Mass. - July 14 through July 19 Newport RI. - July 25 through July 30 America's 400th Anniversary launches with a 90- day sail of a newly commissioned replica Godspeed, bringing a bit of American history to six major ports along the eastern seaboard.
  2. 2. America’s Historic Triangle Resource Notebook 6/20/2006 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration 2 Godspeed, one of the three original ships that in 1607 brought America's first permanent English colonists to Virginia, our nation's birthplace, will serve as a floating museum for families, students and tens of thousands of visitors. We invite you to come and explore a sampling of 17th -century Virginia... 21st century style! VIRGINIA INDIAN HERITAGE EVENTS Virginia Indian Symposium When: October 2006 Where: TBD Members of Virginia’s Indian tribes will host a symposium featuring nationally known Native speakers from across the United States. Presenters and panel discussions will address a variety of topics such as sovereignty, federal recognition, healthcare, repatriation, and education. In addition to public discussions, private meetings will be held for tribal leaders to share information and tribes from other regions of the country will be invited to set up historical information booths and showcase their tribal culture. Leaders will also visit Virginia tribal centers. 225th ANNIVERSARY: VICTORY AT YORKTOWN When: October 19 -22, 2006 Where: Historic Yorktown, Virginia The 225th anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be celebrated October 19-22 with “A Salute to the Military.” Re-enactments, parades, patriotic ceremonies, hands-on activities, live performances, juried art show, tall ship displays and fireworks will take place at the Yorktown National Battlefield, Riverwalk Landing and the Yorktown Victory Center. General George Washington’s 1781 victory over the British at Yorktown secured independence for the emerging United States of America, 174 years and only 15 miles from the nation’s founding at Jamestown in 1607. Today, America’s historic triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown is connected by the scenic Colonial Parkway, a literal and figurative link between America’s colonial beginnings.
  3. 3. America’s Historic Triangle Resource Notebook 6/20/2006 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration 3 NATIONAL TEACH IN When: November 9, 2006 Where: Broadcast / webcast from Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement to schools across the nation. Imagine school children across the nation gathered together in one giant classroom for a powerful and compelling history and civics lesson on the birthplace of our nation and its founding principles. Through the magic of technology such an 'electronic classroom' will be created for students to experience the story of America's first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia and its impact on modern American society. Broadcast live from Jamestown Settlement museum and Historic Jamestowne - the original landing site, students and educators will have a 'first hand' learning experience of the historical significance of Jamestown and the impact of the traditions, interactions and contributions of the three cultures that originally came together at Jamestown — Virginia Indian, European and African — on the creation of a new nation. AFRICAN AMERICAN IMPRINT ON AMERICA National Symposium When: February 10, 2007 Where: TBD The African American Advisory Council in partnership with Jamestown 2007 is planning a National Symposium to focus on 400 years of African and African- American contributions to American society. Each of the five historically black colleges and universities in Virginia will host mini symposia at their college or university to focus on the multitude of 'imprints" (i.e., spiritual, political, cultural,) African Americans have made on modern America. Cultural Exposition When: July / August 2007 Where: TBD In the summer of 2007 the Council is planning a cultural exposition to showcase the many areas of significant contributions of Africans and African Americans in every area of American society over the past 400 years including but not limited to Education, Sciences, Arts, Culture, Music, History, Business, etc. Partnerships with existing exposition/festival organizers is currently being sought.
  4. 4. America’s Historic Triangle Resource Notebook 6/20/2006 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration 4 Trailblazer’s Awards Gala When: March 2007 Where: Richmond, Virginia A nationally televised celebration, recognition and tribute to African-Americans whose contributions have made a significant impact and helped to pave the way for future generations. Sponsor - (Richmond Region 2007 Community) JOURNEY UP THE JAMES Where: Along the Chesapeake Bay and James River When: April 26 - 27 Virginia Beach April 28 - 29 Hampton May 4 - 5 Newport News May 6 Claremont and Surry County Take a step back in time as the replica Godspeed sails from the Chesapeake Bay up the James River re-creating parts of the original route sailed almost 400 years ago. Come aboard as she docks and enjoy the festivities, music, art and cultural activities planned by communities along the river and bay as Virginia Beach and cities throughout Hampton Roads showcase their community's unique heritage. Check back regularly for events planned for each area. THE 'WORLD OF 1607' When: Spring 2007 - Winter 2008 Where: Jamestown Settlement Museum, Williamsburg Virginia A special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement theater and special exhibition building, places America’s first permanent English colony in a global context, portraying a larger world of discovery, strife, expansion, innovation, artistic expression and cultural exchange. Be a part of the opening in the Spring 2007 when major artifacts from collections around the world are placed on display, including a 15th-century copy of Magna Carta and a 16th-century African ivory carving from Denmark that is the first artifact of its type to be incorporated into a European museum collection.
  5. 5. America’s Historic Triangle Resource Notebook 6/20/2006 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration 5 AMERICA'S ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND When: May 11 - 13, 2007 Where: Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, & Anniversary Park Virginia is having the biggest party of the new century and you're invited! America's Anniversary Weekend will mark the 400th anniversary of our nation's birthplace. Come be a part of history, in 2007, during the May 13th weekend. Commemorative festivities, cultural events, pageantry, musical performances, a children's stage, VIPs, celebrity appearances and much much more are being planned especially for the anniversary! Don't miss out on this very special moment in time . . . America's 400th Anniversary! SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL When: End of June - July 8, 2007 Where: National Mall, Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in partnership with Jamestown 2007 is featuring the Commonwealth of Virginia and England in 2007 as a part of its annual Folklife Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC during the last two weeks of June through the Fourth of July. Celebrate regional folk culture in America. A showcase of Virginia’s diversity, ethnicity and unique history, the festival will include performances, demonstrations, food, music and other special presentations of Virginia history, culture, industry and agriculture, as well as the legacies of Jamestown. Over one million visitors attend the Smithsonian Folklife Festival annually. FOUNDATIONS AND FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY When: September 16 - 19, 2007 Where: Mini Conferences at universities across Virginia. Global Conference - Williamsburg, Virginia Representative government, free enterprise, the rule of law and other democratic institutions trace their modern roots to Jamestown and colonial Virginia. Now, with democracy ascendant worldwide, the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission is bringing
  6. 6. America’s Historic Triangle Resource Notebook 6/20/2006 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration 6 Representative government, free enterprise, the rule of law and other democratic institutions trace their modern roots to Jamestown and colonial Virginia. Now, with democracy ascendant worldwide, the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission is bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss this timely topic. Under the Commission's auspices, colleges and universities located in Virginia, joined by an array of high-profile national and international figures, will host a year-long series of conferences that will illuminate the elements of successful democratic systems in America and abroad, and consider the future of mature and emerging democracies around the world. Plans for the Conference Series are in active development at this time, and currently include the following topics and gatherings: International Youth Summit on Democracy, August 2006. Sponsored by the University of Virginia and its Center for Politics, an assemblage of youth leaders from around the world will convene in Charlottesville, Virginia, to hold discussions on the future of democracy and consider how best to engage a new generation of young people in the vital business of democracy. Sustaining Democracy in the Global Age, January 2007. Hosted by Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College, this conference will examine democratic development from a contemporary global perspective, addressing issues related to advanced technology and telecommunications, economic globalization, terrorism and other threats to security, and a wide range of multinational and international concerns. Free Markets and Democracy, February 2007. Sponsored by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, this conference will assemble scholars and practitioners to consider the interrelation between political and economic freedoms and the importance of competitive markets and private property in successful democratic systems. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Mercatus Center’s highly popular and well-attended annual retreat for Congressional chiefs of staff. Minority Perspectives on Democracy, February 2007. Norfolk State University, one of Virginia’s historically black institutions, will assemble noted scholars, community leaders and political practitioners to consider the contrasting democratic images and oligarchic realities of early Jamestown and the larger subject of evolving concepts of democracy, political participation, and civil rights. The conference will address the recurring challenges within democratic systems posed by racial and ethnic differences and the imperative of protecting minority rights within a republican framework.
  7. 7. America’s Historic Triangle Resource Notebook 6/20/2006 America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration 7 Philosophical Foundations of Democracy, March 2007. Hosted by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), this conference will illuminate the classical origins and forms of democracy in ancient Greece and the Roman Republic, explore Enlightenment-era thought about the relationship between man and the state, consider the philosophical underpinnings of American republicanism, and explore the relevance of these foundations to the emergence and maturation of democratic systems in the 21st century. Democracy and the Rule of Law, April 2007. The University of Richmond, American Inns of Court, and John Marshall Foundation, together with counterparts in the English legal community, are sponsoring this conference to explore the antecedents of the American legal system, the indispensable role of the rule of law in successful democracies, and current international judicial and legal issues. World Forum on the Future of Democracy, September 2007. The year- long series will culminate in September 16-19, 2007, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and nearby Jamestown with a gathering of leaders from mature and emerging democracies. The three-day conference will feature papers and reports from the preceding conferences and will provide a forum for lively exchanges among scholars, civic leaders, and experienced governmental and political practitioners regarding the future of democratic institutions around the world. A Democracy Program Planning Council, chaired by President Emeritus Timothy J. Sullivan of the College of William & Mary, is overseeing the Conference Series project. Foundations and university- based centers on democracy around the country and abroad are being recruited as partners for these conferences, and will be supplying expertise as well as conference participants. The Federal Commission has commenced discussion and collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy and the Westminster Foundation (UK) to elicit input on potential conference partners and participants. The papers, presentations and proceedings from the Conference Series will be published subsequently in a series entitiled, "The Jamestown Papers on the Foundations and Future of Democracy." The Conference Series is part of a larger program of educational initiatives being carried out by the Federal Commission and Jamestown 2007 in connection with the America's 400th Anniversary commemoration. For more information, visit the following websites:
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