Sunday, February 16, 2014

More about Jamestown and Climate Change

As we posted about a year ago (March 10, 2013,) there is incraesing concern about the future of Historic Jamestown if curreent predictions of climate change ciome to pass.

Now the National Park Service weighs in with a short video.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jamestowne Society to Commerate the 400th Wedding Anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe

First California Company, Jamestowne Society will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, at 1 PM on Sunday, March 2 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel.

That April 5, 1614 event was very significant in the initial establishment of our nation, as it ended the first Anglo-Powhatan war and enabled the inhabitants of the first permanent English settlement in North America to pursue the agricultural development of tobacco. Its pursuit created the economic basis for Jamestown to become the first boomtown in America, and, later, would similarly help support the Revolution. 

First California Company will feature a presentation by Karenne Wood, Director of the Virginia Indian Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She will discuss Pocahontas and Women’s Role in Virginian Indian History,” which will likely include the wedding from an Indian perspective, Pocahontas as a member the Virginia tribe who met the Jamestown settlers and daughter of its paramount chief, and their culture.

First California Company will also recognize the Pocahontas descendants who are in attendance, who would be thirteen generations removed.

This also also complements a yearlong commemoration by Historic Jamestown that will include a program at the site of the wedding on the date of the anniversary.

If you have further questions or need clarification, please contact Governor Ginny Gotlieb of First California Company.

To request an invitation, please contact First California Company’s Secretary. The response deadline is February 15.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Update on Save the James

James City County is seeking to derail the planned intrusive transmission power line tower project across the James River by appealing the approval ruling of the Virginia Corporation Commission to the Commonwealth's Supreme Court.

The Save the James Alliance has published a list of sources of information.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pressure on ACOE to Save the James

Over 2,000 signed the petition to the Army Corps of Engineers calling for public hearings on the proposed power line across the James. 
We should neither relent on this nor underestimate who is proposing to scar our national heritage. Virginia Electric & Power Co. d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power has a small army of professional advocates and lobbyists working at all levels of government to further their ambitions.
The Virginia Gazette reports that there is more to do and suggests where to help support this..

Friday, June 28, 2013

More re: Jamestowne Society on Facebook

As we posted on March 22, the Jamestowne Society may be demonstrating some belated interest in joining the twenty-first century. The Jamestowne Society Facebook page started by Bud Walker of Fairfax, VA over a year ago is now jointly administered by the Society's Attorney General and webmaster, Susan Godman Rager. It is slowly growing with postings from admitted members that range from news of events and exchanges of ancestors' names to some interesting items from the Jamestown Rediscovery Facebook page.

While the Society's website has yet to offer a link to it or even acknowledge its existence, much less confirm that it could serve as one of its official organs, the FB page now has 227 members and is seemingly creating a following that is more representative of contemporary demographics than one would discern from the leadership in many of the companies or the Society itself.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Two Forthcoming California Jamestowne Society Meetings of Note

The Jamestowne Society's First California Company welcomes Society Governor Dr. Michael D. Frost to its Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 15 at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Reservations are closed, and we will report on it next week.

Similarly, the newly chartered Northern California Company will hold a luncheon meeting on Saturday July 13 at Spengers restaurant in Berkeley. Price: $36 per person.  Early responses will be much appreciated.

Please send your reservation no later than July 2 to:

J. Michael Phelps, Governor
One Maritime Plaza Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94111-3506
Telephone: 415-433-3733
FAX: 415-781-1034 [Use FAX cover sheet]

For more information, please contact Governor Phelps.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

An Ancestor Comes to Jamestown

We gave this 45 minute, PowerPoint lecture at UCSD's Osher Life Long Learning Institute on May 21.


Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World and one of our American origins. Archaeology is presenting us with new insights into the lives and experiences of its settlers. Its attraction for James McCall’s ancestors, Richard and Isabella Pace, was economic opportunity. 

The Paces, among the early families to settle, exemplified English entrepreneurial immigrants who were the backbone of Jamestown’s establishment and its contribution to the building of our nation. 

This program reviews the explorations leading up to Jamestown’s founding, recent archeological finds that expand our knowledge of it, and the context of its significant events for the Paces’ history during its early years, to 1626. 

We offer it to genealogical, lineage and educatiuonal oranizations in Southern California.  

Please contact the editor for more information.