Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia offering programs and resources about early American history through its museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. 

Our Mission 

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation shall foster through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of American Indian, European, and African cultures and the enduring legacies bequeathed to the nation. 

Virtual Learning 

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer a range of virtual learning experiences for classrooms unable to travel to the museums or participate in a Virginia outreach program. 

Using Zoom or your classroom’s virtual learning platform, students can join a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation educator as they explore early Virginia and United States history together. Topics examine the Powhatan Indians, early English settlement at Jamestown, three cultures that converged in Virginia, causes and events of the American Revolution and stories of real people who shaped our early history. These inquiry-based educational programs are designed to be interactive and thought provoking, allowing students to explore the past while honing their skills in critical thinking, communication and historical thinking. 


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Programs by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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American Revolution – A Movement Toward Freedom

What was life like for those who fought in the American Revolution? Through inquiry-based exploration of artifacts and primary source documents, students gain a better understanding of the American Revolution and the important roles individuals...


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Jamestown - Cultures in Contact, Early America 1600-1620

This program will carry students on an inquiry-based exploration of the cultures that converged at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Students will examine Powhatan, West Central African, and English cultures and...


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Jamestown STEM - Force, Motion, Energy, and Jamestown!

Force, motion, and energy have existed in all societies throughout history, including Jamestown! Explore these STEM concepts through the history and cultures that converged in Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in North...


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Powhatan Indians - an Eastern Woodlands People

Explore the lives and society of the Powhatan Indians, an Eastern Woodlands people inhabiting Virginia’s coastal plain long before 1607. Using inquiry methods and reproduction artifacts, explore the Powhatan Indian culture, including roles of...


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Type of Organization



Shannon Kuster   distancelearning1@jyf.virginia.gov
PO Box 1607
Williamsburg VA 23187
United States


Primary Disciplines

The programs of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation cover:

Professional Development
Social Studies/History

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

“This virtual experience was wonderful! My students live in California and were excited to speak to a real live person who could answer questions from across the country. They are currently reading Blood on the River by Elisa , so this presentation complimented/added to what they are learning. They loved the artifacts and pictures. They helped bring this period in history to life.” 

These programs are always so well run. The instructor today, as always, was engaging, knowledgeable, and tolerant of the kids' antsy behavior. I love the connection with the students' prior knowledge. It's a highlight of our year.” 

“She [the instructor] was great with the kids, held their attention, taught them some new things, and was adept at answering their questions. :) Thank you for a fun and immersive 50 mins!” 

“My kids loved it! Their eyes were glued to the promethean! They were like sponges soaking everything in.”