SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College will host a lecture by Bill Kelso, director of archaeology for the Jamestown Rediscovery project, on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Bast Center. Complimentary tickets are required and may be obtained online at www.roanoke.edu/tickets or by calling the Colket Center Information Desk at (540) 378-5125. The event is part of the City of Salem's celebration of the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown.
Kelso, one of America's foremost historical archaeologists in early American history, will offer a speech titled "Jamestown, The Buried Truth." In addition to his work at Jamestown, which includes the discovery of the site of James Fort, Kelso also has worked at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. He is the author of several books, some of which will be available for purchase at the lecture. Kelso also will sign books.
Kelso's lecture marks the first of a year-long series of events at Roanoke College surrounding the theme of "Exploration and Discovery." The series will feature lectures and events, which invite attendees to consider the ways in which exploration and discovery impact our world. This fall, the college has events planned to celebrate Jamestown and the inauguration of Roanoke's eleventh president. In the spring, events will expand upon the theme to explore and discover even wider realms.
Roanoke College, the country's second-oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries. For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.