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September 19, 2008

Peabody Essex Museum senior research associate Jeffrey P. Brain discusses the importance of the Popham Colony to Jamestown

Jeffrey P. Brain, senior research associate, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., discusses the importance of a 17th-century New England settlement to Jamestown during his lecture, “Yes, Virginia, There was a Popham Colony,” Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The program is part of the “Preservation and Exploration in the Shadow of John Smith: 2008 Jamestown Lecture Series” at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

The Popham Colony was the sister colony of Jamestown and the first organized attempt to establish an English colony on the shores of what we now know as New England. It was planted at the mouth of the Kennebec River in the summer of 1607 and lasted for just over a year until it was abandoned in the fall of 1608. Although a failure, Popham provides an informative glimpse into the crucial first year of an English colony and counterpoint to the ultimate success of Jamestown.

Brain has conducted 50 years of archaeological research on Native Americans and early European explorers and colonists in eastern United States.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Yale University.

Tickets for individual lectures are $10 and a ticket for the entire lecture series can be purchased for $28. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the Kimball Theatre is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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