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Dr. William Kelso “Jamestown, the Buried Truth about America’s Birthplace”


Jul 25, 2016
07:30pm – 09:30pm

Hoover Auditorium (map)

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes Dr. William Kelso, renowned historical archaeologist, to Hoover Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 25. Dr. Kelso, a Lakeside, Ohio native, is this season’s featured speaker for the Chautauqua Lecture Series.

In his lecture, titled “Jamestown, the Buried Truth about America’s Birthplace,” Dr. Kelso will share the findings of his work in uncovering Fort James, the first permanent settlement in the New World, which was previously thought lost.

Dr. Kelso is the Director of Research and Interpretation at Historic Jamestown.  He holds a master’s degree in early American history from the College of William and Mary, a doctorate from Emory University, honorary doctorates in philosophy, archaeology and science, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and is a proud alumnus of Baldwin Wallace University.

In 1994, Dr. Kelso began archaeological excavations at Jamestown for Preservation Virginia in search for the remains of the 1607 James Fort, thought lost to James River erosion. At first, it was Dr. Kelso alone on the mission, but he began to discover pieces from the 17th century almost instantly.

Eventally, Dr. Kelso and his remarkably talented team of archaeologists, curators and conservators soon began to find remnants of what was once the fort’s south palisade. Using these findings as a sort of blueprint, his team was able to reconstruct parts of the fort walls. They have also endeavored to build a storehouse with the mud and timber method the early colonists would have likely used.

In March 2012, Queen Elizabeth II named Dr. Kelso “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, CBE” for his groundbreaking research on Jamestown.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Kelso has pursued early American historical archaeology serving as Director of Archaeology at Carter’s Grove, Kingsmill and for 14 years at Thomas Jefferson’s homes in Virginia, Monticello and Poplar Forest.

Dr. Kelso has also dedicated time to investing and re-creating what life was like for the Englishmen. To help break down the misconceptions that people might hold, he agreed to become a set advisor for “The New World,” a cinematic version of the John Smith and Pocahontas story. His book, Jamestown, the Buried Truth, is available for purchase at The Fine Print bookstore and will also be available at Hoover Auditorium during his lecture. A book signing will follow the lecture.


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