New U.Va. Summer Travel Program Explores 400 Years of Jamestown and the Founding of North America

April 27, 2007 -- In conjunction with the 400th anniversary of watershed European settlements in North America — England founded Jamestown in 1607, France settled Quebec in 1608, and Spain chartered Santa Fe (N.M.) as a capital in 1609 — the University of Virginia is offering a Travel and Learn program each summer in the respective cities. The programs will focus on the world created by these settlements and the momentous consequences for Europeans, the native peoples they encountered and, later, indentured and enslaved Africans.

The inaugural Founding of North America Symposium, based in Colonial Williamsburg July 18 to 22, will bring together the considerable resources of three leading institutions in the study of Jamestown: the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Virginia.

This seminar on “The History, Archaeology and Architecture of Jamestown,” was developed in concert with the upcoming "Founding of America" exhibits, created by curators of the National Museum of American History and the Virginia Historical Society. Both the exhibits and the seminar will investigate, challenge and celebrate Jamestown from many angles.

Much of the seminar will involve specially hosted, behind-the-scenes site visits and lectures, including one-and-a-half days in Historic Jamestowne. The seminar is led Jeffrey L. Hantman, director of U.Va.'s Archaeology Program and associate professor of anthropology, and Barbara Clark Smith, a curator at the National Museum of American History. Contributing faculty include William Kelso, an adjunct faculty member at U.Va., director of archaeology for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) at Historic Jamestowne, and leader of the many new discoveries at the site; James C. Kelly, exhibition curator and director of museums for the Virginia Historical Society; and Andrew Veech, an archaeologist with the Colonial National Historical Park.

This five-day program is open to anyone and costs $2,210, including four nights single lodging at the Woodlands Inn of Williamsburg. Lower prices are offered for double lodging or for a companion of a full registrant. A $350 deposit is due upon registration, with the balance due by May 21, 2007.

This is the first of three Founding of North America symposiums offered by the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies as part of its portfolio of Travel & Learn Programs for Adults. The second program in the series, based in Quebec, will follow in 2008, with a Santa Fe, N.M., seminar in 2009.

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About the U.Va. School of Continuing and Professional Studies Travel & Learn Programs for Adults

Each year, the University of Virginia offers an assortment of seminars in which participants travel to interesting and historic destinations in the United States and abroad to explore a wide variety of topics. These programs are led by top U.Va. faculty and their colleagues at institutions worldwide.

2007 Programs
The First Wine Seminar
Virginia’s Wine Experience: From Jefferson to the Present
Charlottesville, Va. | June 13-17, 2007

Summer on The Lawn: The Seventh Shakespeare Seminar
The Play's the Thing
Charlottesville, Va. | June 27-July 1, 2007

The First Annual Founding of North America Symposium
The History, Archaeology, and Architecture of Jamestown
Williamsburg, Va. | July 18-22, 2007

Summer on The Lawn: The 19th Jefferson Symposium
In Jefferson's Voice: A Vision for America
Charlottesville, Va. | July 29-August 2, 2007

The 20th Seminar at Oxford
The Life and Times of Winston Churchill
Oxford, England | August 12-18, 2007

The First Gathering Storm Seminar
Cutting-edge Engineering for the 21st Century: Saving America's Leadership Position in the World
Charlottesville, Va., and Washington, D.C. | September 16-21, 2007

Learn more at or by calling (800) FIND-UVA (800-346-3882) or (434) 982-5252 or e-mailing