- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2002

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) State, federal and private groups with sites at Jamestown have agreed to work together on events in 2007 to mark the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in North America.
The coordinated approach "will help us call attention to Virginia's pioneering leadership and capture the attention of the nation and the world in 2007," Virginia Education Secretary Belle S. Wheelan said.
The agreement was announced Thursday at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the lead state agency for 2007 commemorative planning. The agency, the National Park Service and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Inc. signed the agreement.
The association and the National Park Service own and operate Historic Jamestowne, the original settlement on Jamestown island. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation operates the adjacent Jamestown Settlement living-history museum, while the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Inc. coordinates fund raising for foundation programs.
The four organizations have been striving for several years to agree on a plan for the commemoration of the settlement's founding May 13, 1607. Events estimated to cost $18 million will be financed largely by private and corporate donations.
Plans include an anniversary weekend extravaganza, a gathering of international leaders to discuss democracy's future, visits by President Bush and members of the British royal family, a meeting of NATO ministers, a flotilla of large ships, cultural heritage programs, performing arts festivals and educational events.
Also in the works is a transportation system that would link Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne and nearby Colonial Williamsburg via the Colonial Parkway.



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