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August 25, 2009

Explore the connection between 17th-century Bermuda and Virginia during 2009 Jamestown Lecture Series

“Preservation and Exploration in the Shadow of John Smith: 2009 Jamestown Lecture Series” examines the connection between Virginia and Bermuda in the 17th century. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

  • A Tale of Two Islands: The Jamestown “Triangle” and the Bermuda Redemption, Tuesday, Sept. 22. Dr. William Kelso, director of archaeology for Preservation Virginia, explores the fortified settlement at Jamestown and the effects of the redemptive arrivals of Sir Thomas Gates from Bermuda and Lord De La Warre from London in 1610 through testimony from the earth and eye-witness accounts.
  • Venturing to Virginia: The Material Culture of Early James Fort and the Bermuda Connection, Tuesday, Oct. 6. Bly Straube, senior curator of Preservation Virginia, discusses the material culture from each context and what it reveals about provisioning a New World colony. The James Fort evidence from the Bermuda connection also will be addressed.
  • Becoming Bermudian: The Atlantic Worlds of Bermuda’s Earliest Settlers, 1609-1630, Tuesday, Oct. 20. Dr. Michael Jarvis, associate professor of history at the University of Rochester. Jarvis will lecture on Bermuda’s earliest settlers, the worlds/culture they came from, and the ways that a fusion occurred in the 1610s blending elements and traditions from each in a new Bermuda environment.
  • Atlantic Landscapes: A Comparison Between the Early Public Buildings of Jamestown and the Town of St. George, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Richard Lowery and Brent Russell Fortenberry of the Saint George’s Archaeological Research Project, will examine the first public buildings at Jamestown and in the Town of St. George and discuss how the buildings contributed to the narratives of Atlantic Landscapes from an archaeological perspective.

    Tickets for individual lectures are $12, and a ticket for the entire lecture series can be purchased for $45. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, 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 3-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    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.

    Williamsburg is located 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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