Free Exhibit at TNCC Libraries Explores Early Jamestown Settlement

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“Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607,” an exhibition on display at libraries on Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses, examines how the new colony in Virginia fit into the cultural, historical, and geographical context of the day — and how the story of Jamestown continues to inspire American artists.

On display through Tuesday, November 27, the free exhibit is open to the public and features 12 reproductions of images from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ (VMFA) collection.

Isidoro Kessel, a TNCC Associate Professor and Foreign Language Department Head, arranged the exhibit borrowed from VMFA while coordinating the Foreign Language Association of Virginia and Virginia’s Community Colleges Foreign Language Peer Group conference recently held in Williamsburg.

Bringing the exhibit to TNCC was a logical choice after it garnered positive responses from foreign language educators across the Commonwealth who attended the conference. “I wanted our community to have the opportunity to see these treasures that enrich our knowledge of our own history. I feel that everyone benefits. Our students, our faculty, [and] the community at large benefit from seeing beautiful art and learning about our community,” said Kessel.