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About the 2019 Commemoration


AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured events, programs and legacy projects inspire local, national and international engagement through the themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity.

To that end, American Evolution Stories aims to build awareness of Virginia’s unique role in the creation of the United States. The goal of this community is to collect and preserve stories, foster conversations among our citizens, and in doing so, reveal the full story of Virginia to America.

Our hope for this platform is that audiences will explore the many stories that make up the 2019 Commemoration and be inspired to share their own, here and through social media, learn more about the Virginia History Trails and download the app, and visit Virginia, where history lives.