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The Foundations of Democracy
March 15, 2019 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s first General Assembly, the first governmental body in English North America. Meeting in an extremely hot July in 1619, 22 Burgesses assembled in the second church at Jamestown, a recently completed timber frame structure at the center of the growing town. Lost to history, the foundations of the building were first uncovered in the late 19th century by founding members of Preservation Virginia. In anticipation of this commemorative year, the Jamestown Rediscovery team has been excavating and discovering a new understanding of the buildings – and the people – from this early time. Join David Givens, Jamestown Rediscovery’s director of archaeology, as he reveals the current findings that are illuminating the very foundations of our nation’s democratic experiment.