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Jamestown Rediscovery – the 1617 James Fort

Featured speaker: David Givens

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 7pm ET, via Zoom

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David Givens, Director of Archaeology for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project will join us to highlight the recent finds of the high-profile individuals of the 1617 Church at James Fort. As part of the ongoing forensic pursuits of the rediscovery project, Mr. Givens will discuss excavations, genomics and identification methodologies that are bringing the 400-year-old site into the 21st century.

David Givens is a staff archaeologist with the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. Mr. Givens specializes in archaeological Geographic Information Systems. His job involves the linking of volumes of spatial data and archaeological information into a viable and sustainable digital archive. He is the principal author of the book Church and State: The Archaeology of The Foundations of Democracy.

PAST MEETING: Researching from Home: Digital Collections at the Library of Virginia (LVA)

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Presented by Ashley Ramey, Community Outreach Coordinator at the LVA

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7pm, via Zoom

The LVA has a vast array of online collections to help genealogists find their Virginia ancestors. Ashley’s presentation will focus on “Virginia Memory” — the LVA’s digital collections. Learn all about them, how to find them and how to use them from the comfort of your sofa!

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Ashley Ramey is the Community Outreach Specialist for the LVA where she coordinates the genealogy workshop series, genealogical programs and community outreach. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in History with a concentration on the early / colonial period in Virginia and the United States, in addition to African & Indigenous Peoples Slavery. Ashley also focused on 19th and 20th century race relations in Virginia. Previously, she was the Site Coordinator at the Preservation Virginia’s John Marshall House in Richmond, VA.