Tenacity, Virginia’s Remarkable 17th Century Women – Interview with Nancy Egloff

Tenacious is an interesting adjective. Part of its meaning can be defined as persistent, not easy to get rid of, or enduring. All of these words describe the historic women who make up Jamestown Settlement’s Tenacity, a special exhibit that runs through January 5, 2020.

The exhibit is remarkable in that it includes documents such as the 1621 Ferrar Papers and the 1625 Colony Muster, both on loan from the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College, Cambridge and the National Archives of the UK respectively. Other notable pieces include items such as a period clothing and furniture.

Joining me in this episode to discuss Tenacity is Nancy Egloff, a returning guest, who was very instrumental in Tenacity’s creation.



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  3. Heywood, Linda and Thornton, John. Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  4. Kierner, Cynthia; Loux, Jennifer; and Taylor-Schockley, Megan. Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries. Richmond, VA: Library of Virginia, 2013.
  5. McCartney, Martha. Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007.
  6. McIlwaine, H.R., ed. Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia.
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  8. Potter, Jennifer. The Jamestown Brides. London: Atlantic Books, 2018. (Due out in America through Oxford University Press in June, 2019).
  9. Rountree, Helen. Pocahontas’s People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia Through Four Centuries. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.
  10. Snyder, Terri. Brabbling Women, Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.
  11. Sturtz, Linda. Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia. New York: Routledge, 2002.




All photography used on this site is owned and copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted. The Featured Image is the Tenacity exhibition logo, copyright Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Music used for this episode – Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers,”Carry Me Back to Old Virginia” available on iTunes, and “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon by George Frideric Handel played by New York Virtuosi.

Virginia’s Outstanding Women – Interview with Sandra Gioia Treadway

Virginia has certainly had her fair share of outstanding historical figures, both men and women. In this interview, the Library of Virginia’s Dr. Sandra Gioia Treadway and I discuss just 5 of the many important women to have graced our storied past.

Women highlighted in this episode are –

  1. Cockacoeske
  2. Anna Maria Lane
  3. Elizabeth Van Lew
  4. Caroline Putnam
  5. Mary Jackson

These women were daring, powerful, and brilliant. Tune in to hear what made them great!



  1. The Library of Virginia
  2. Virginia Women In History Series
  3. Encyclopedia Virginia
  4. Treaty of Middle Plantation
  5. Abbott, Karen. Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. New York: Harper Collins, 2014.
  6. Kierner, Cynthia A. and Treadway, Sandra Gioia. eds. Virginia Women Their Lives and Times. vol. 1. Athens, GA: University of Georgia, 2015.
  7. Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. New York: Harper Collins, 2016.
  8. Varon, Elizabeth R. Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
The Library of Virginia’s Dr. Sandra Gioia Treadway
The Library of Virginia


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All photography used on this site is owned and copyrighted by the author. The Featured Image is of The Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA. The Caroline Putnam portrait can be found on Wikipedia.

Music used for this episode – Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers,”Carry Me Back to Old Virginia” available on iTunes, and This Is a Man’s World by Postmodern Jukebox, featuring artist Morgan James, available on iTunes.