Virtual Offerings Join Collection of History is Fun at Home Online Resources

Tune in to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s new lineup of live weekly webcasts, from a five-part “History Happy Hour” series exploring distillation and brewing in early America to “Historical Solutions to Modern-Day Problems” offering practical tips on how to tie knots for everyday purposes and learn to landscape using native plants. A special “History Mystery Trivia Night” is coming soon on June 5 to virtually test the knowledge of 17th- and 18th-century history buffs.

The “History Happy Hour” and “Historical Solutions to Modern Day Problems” webcast series joins a growing collection of weekly educational webcasts, curatorial blogs, museum apps and interactives, videos, games, coloring pages, colonial recipes and more available as part of History is Fun at Home online resources at

While Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are closed to the public, historical experts will present free LIVE demonstrations from the museums, offering a fascinating look at history and a chance to live chat with the presenters. Viewers will need to log-on through the Zoom portal and enter a designated access code.

New lineup of webcasts include:

History Happy Hour

Join Luke Pecoraro, director of Curatorial Services, each week for a “History Happy Hour” at 5 p.m. on Thursdays, May 21 through June 18, as he serves up historical adventures in distilling and brewing in early America. The five-part webcast series blends the museum collection with drink pairings and recipes for adult audiences to try at home. For program dates, recipes and links to access the Zoom webcasts, visit

A Journey to the Summer Isles – Come back for this session featuring a bit of history on Bermuda, an important new acquisition at Jamestown Settlement, and how it all links to Virginia. The program will feature a look at a rare 1627 edition of Captain John Smith’s “The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles,” first published in 1624. We’ll pair this historical adventure with a Dark n’ Stormy cocktail.

Punch – Explore the material culture of punch drawn from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s collection while you learn about Caribbean sugar and rum production, and the run-up to the American Revolution. This session will pair well with an 18th-century punch recipe or rum-based beverage. We will also share a recipe for a great alcohol-free punch appropriate for the kids.

Beer Brewing in Colonial America – Discover archaeological evidence of brewing at Jamestown and during the American Revolution and see drinking vessels from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s collection. Grab your own mug and enjoy George Washington’s small beer recipe and Martha Washington’s unique persimmon beer, plus choose your own local brew to pair with them.

Wine on the Vine – Find out what wines were available in the American colonies – from what was shipped and ordered from abroad to those made locally – and Jefferson’s contributions to Virginia viticulture. This session pairs nicely with a Virginia wine and a port or Madeira.

Whiskey in America: Education and Libation – See one of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s newest acquisitions – a rare, 100-gallon capacity, stamped copper still, made in the 18th century by Francis Sanderson Sr. or Francis Sanderson Jr., whose biographical details are illustrative of the spirit behind the American Revolution and the early Republic. Take part in an introduction to distilled products made in colonial America, combined with biographical information on our museum’s still and archaeological record of the Washington distillery.

Historical Solutions to Modern-Day Problems

See live demonstrations and connect with our museum staff as they answer your questions in real-time. For links to access the Zoom webcasts, visit

May 20, 4 p.m.: Ship to Shore: Using a Sailor’s Knot for Everyday Purposes Join us live from Jamestown Settlement as Hank Moseley, from Jamestown Settlement’s maritime department, teaches basic knots, bends and hitches used aboard our re-created ships that can be applied in our 21st-century lives. Whether you are the outdoors type, helping a child with their next Scout lesson or just don’t want your next newly purchased mattress to go airborne on the highway, we can help you improve your knot-tying skills.

May 27, 4 p.m.: Using Native Plants to Solve Landscaping Problems Do you have problem areas on your landscape? Would you like to incorporate native plants into your gardens? Join us live from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as Bain Schultz, Grounds Department Supervisor, demonstrates how to plan your landscape, choose the right plants, correctly get them in the ground and maintain them through mulching, watering and weeding. Find out how end-of-the-season care can ensure a healthy return the next growing season.

‘History Mystery Trivia Night’

June 5, 7 p.m.: History Mystery Trivia Night – Do you wow your friends with knowledge of history? Or, do you find yourself wishing you knew more history trivia to impress? Join us for History Mystery Trivia Night as we explore early Virginia history in the 17th and 18th centuries. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, you’ll have fun testing your knowledge and learning new things. At the end, the Trivia Night winner will earn bragging rights as the history king or queen. Learn more at

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, living-history museums administered by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, remain closed in the ongoing response to COVID-19 and in the interest of public health and community safety. To support museum educational programs, visit  For more information about the museums, visit