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August 16, 2013

Jamestown Rediscovery Project Creates a New Donor Society

Staff of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, in collaboration with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, announced today the recent establishment of a new donor group. The Jamestown Rediscovery Society has been formed to directly support the internationally acclaimed archaeological investigations at Historic Jamestowne, the original 1607 site of the first permanent English settlement in America, led by Dr. William “Bill” Kelso.

The Jamestown Rediscovery Society is part of an innovative new endeavor at Historic Jamestowne, under the auspices of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which was established to highlight the intertwined histories of Virginia’s first capitals — Jamestown and Williamsburg — through compelling stories of discovery, diversity and democracy. This new membership initiative will contribute to enhancing and supporting the celebrated public archaeology and educational programming that have stood as a site trademark for more than 20 years.

Members of the Jamestown Rediscovery Society will receive invitations to special evening tours and programs delivered by Historic Jamestowne’s professional archaeologists, curators and other staff members. Members are eligible also for discounts on lectures delivered by celebrated scholars and historians as well as on selected items in Historic Jamestowne’s Visitor Center Museum Shop. Planning is underway for a future escorted tour of regional historical and archaeological sites which will only be offered to the membership.

To assist the new society, Dr. Jim Horn, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president of research and historical interpretation and the Abby and George O’Neill director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, will serve as the group’s primary leader. Donald and Elaine Bogus, generous supporters of the continuing archaeological exploration at Historic Jamestowne, will serve as the society’s honorary co-chairs. Andrew Zellers-Frederick, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of the Historic Jamestowne Fund, is the organization’s liaison.

In only a few months, the Jamestown Rediscovery Society has grown to a membership of more than 160 at various levels of support. Due to overwhelming interest, charter membership has been reopened and extended until Sept. 20. All members will be invited to the organization’s inaugural meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 (rain date Oct. 3rd) at Historic Jamestowne. The meeting will include special presentations on the 2013 archaeological season by the Jamestown Rediscovery Project and on the Jamestown Church Tower Project delivered by Matthew Webster, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of the Grainger Department of Architectural Resources. A light reception will follow.

To become a member of the Jamestown Rediscovery Society or for additional information on supporting the archaeological and educational work by the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, please contact (757)220-7466 or (866)400-1607.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley