A Common Cause To All Agenda

A Common Cause To All Agenda

A Common Cause to All: A Convening of the States

Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250) Signature Event
Monday, March 18 – Wednesday, March 20, 2024
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Tentative Agenda

Monday, March 18

Optional tours: Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg
Note: History250 will hold a working meeting from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (by invitation)
Unless otherwise noted, all activities take place in the Virginia Room of The Williamsburg Lodge (lower level).

2:00 pm:
Registration opens


5:00 pm:
Welcome to Virginia Reception


5:45 pm:
Opening Dinner and keynote speakers
The Honorable Tim Kaine, United States Senate (Virginia)
The Honorable Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia
Harry Smith, NBC News Correspondent


8:00 pm:
Evening concludes


Tuesday, March 19

7:00 am:
Breakfast buffet


8:15 – 9:00 am:
Keynote remarks
The Honorable John Charles Thomas
Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia (retired)


9:30 – 10:15 am:
Fireside Chat with Jefferson and Early American Scholars
Moderator: Barbara Oberg, Princeton University
Woody Holton, University of South Carolina
Jane Kamensky, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello


10:45 – 11:30 am:
Research Report: Approaches to Public Engagement
Matt Williams, Brand Federation


11:45 am
Buffet lunch


12:45 am – 1:00 pm
Keynote remarks
Rosie Rios, Chair, America250


1:00 – 1:30 pm
Presentation: The American Revolution by Ken Burns
Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS
Sarah Botstein, Award-Winning Producer and Filmmaker


2:00 – 2:45 pm
Breakout Sessions (Select one session at registration desk)

  • Reaching Teachers and Students in Schools (Location TBA)
  • Providing Impactful Digital and Virtual Content (Location TBA)
  • 2026 National Planning (Location TBA)

    3:00 – 3:45 pm
    Breakout Sessions (Select one session at registration desk)

  • Public History in Polarized Times (Location TBA)
  • Fundraising and Public/Private Partnerships (Location TBA)

    5:00 pm
    Guests gather in Arrival Hall for procession to States Dinner at the Governor’s Palace


    5:15 pm
    Processional steps off


    6:00 pm
    States Dinner and keynote speakers
    *Attendance must be reserved in advance
    Danielle Allen, Harvard University
    Carly Fiorina
    VA250 National Honorary Chair
    Chair, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees


    8:45 pm
    Evening concludes with special presentation


    Wednesday, March 20

    Note: America250 will hold a Commission meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge on Wednesday, March 20. Details TBA

    7:00 am:
    Breakfast buffet


    8:15 – 8:45 am:
    Keynote remarks
    Kevin Gover
    Undersecretary for Museums and Culture, Smithsonian Institution


    9:00 – 9:45 am:
    Fireside Chat: Reaching Diverse and Underserved Communities
    Moderator: Christy Coleman, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
    Dr. Noelle Trent, Museum of African American History
    Dr. Ashley Jordan, African American Museum in Philadelphia
    Marvin-Alonzo Greer, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission


    10:00 – 10:45 am:
    Fireside Chat: Multistate Collaboration for 250th Programs Nationwide
    Moderator: Cheryl Wilson, VA250 Commission
    Panelists: TBA


    11:00 am – 12:15 pm:
    Breakout Groups
    State 250th planners (Location TBA)
    Local VA250 committees (Location TBA)


    12:30 pm:


    1:00 pm:
    Closing Keynote
    Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center


    2:00 – 2:45 pmpm:
    Closing event in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area
    Join the people of Williamsburg in May 1774 when “a shock of electricity” strikes the city as news of Boston’s port closure reaches Virginia. The House of Burgesses, the elected body of Virginia, has called for a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, but Lord Dunmore, the royal governor, might have a different opinion. In this dramatization, step into a chaotic moment in Virginia’s past and discover the voices of a community struggling to find a way forward.
    This event begins at the Capitol Circle and then will move towards the Raleigh Tavern.


    3:00 pm:
    Program concludes
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