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Attn: Lauren A. Epps
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South Hill, Virginia 23970
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On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts now through May 11: "Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607." This exhibit is available for free viewing Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The galleries are also open during all Colonial Center public performance events.

This exhibition shares reproductions of 12 compelling and beautiful works of art chosen from the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to illustrate and illuminate the world of 1607 and the legacy of Jamestown. Some pieces were created by European, African, Asian and South American cultures around the time that Jamestown was struggling to survive. Others were produced in the centuries that followed as artists drew from fact, legend, and sometimes their own imaginations, to depict life in and around the Jamestown colony.

The history of Jamestown evokes images of the “brave new world” reached by small ships which had to defy Atlantic storms, and stalwart explorers who faced danger, disease, and hunger.  The term “New World” has traditionally referred to the large continents of the Western Hemisphere encountered by Europeans in search of new routes to Asia. In a sense, however, the entire world underwent a transformation during the age of conquest and trade that followed the explorations of the fifteenth century.

For the first time in human history, political, economic, and cultural networks connected people in every quarter of the globe. Exchanges of plants and animals changed diets, and new diseases and technologies crossed the Atlantic. Political and religious ideas transformed societies, economy fluctuations had
worldwide effects, vast populations were relocated, and the first truly international wars were fought.

The establishment of Jamestown by the English also marked a turning point for North America. Early Spanish and French explorers and soldiers had sailed to the western continents primarily to gain wealth and power. The Jamestown colonists, from a small island nation with overcrowded cities and dwindling opportunities, were seeking a new home and a brighter future. 

These settlers looked for gold, but they also wanted land and were willing to acquire it from the “naturals” who lived there by any means necessary. They brought their families, a political heritage that included certain rights and privileges, and great hope for the future of the New World. It is these ideologies which served as the inspiration behind many of the pieces in this exhibit.

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