Friday, September 24, 2010

Martha M. McCartney to address Jamestowne’s Society’s First California Company on October 23

Martha McCartney, the author of Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635, will appear before the First California Company of the Jamestowne Society on Saturday, October 23 in Los Angeles. She will discuss her insights and background on her research into those first settlers in the context of life at early Jamestown.

Her meticulous research puts flesh on genealogical data. She is the author of four books and many published articles and reports that soon will include her observations on the Starving Time and the 1622 Indian attacks on the colony.

Virginia Immigrants has become a standard reference on Jamestown as the first permanent English settlement in America, with biographical profiles and data about its earliest residents and backers. Her newest book that extends her research findings through 1699 will be published later this year. It will include biographical data on residents and all who came to Jamestown on public business, such as service as a Burgess, through 1699 when the colonial capital was moved to Williamsburg.

McCartney has been a scholar for the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology and a consultant to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

This will be a unique opportunity for anyone interested in or needing to know about early American colonial history to learn about less familiar facets of our nation’s genesis. This will be Ms. McCartney’s first speaking engagement here in many years.

This program will be given at First California Company's luncheon meeting at the Regency Club, 10900 Wilshire Boulevard, in Westwood, Los Angeles at 11 AM.

This will be the next in the series of First California Company's programs by prominent early American colonial historians such as Drs. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Peter Mancall and Seth Mallios.

For more information, go to First California’s website at


Contact Ginny Gotlieb, First California Company’s Governor at

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