THE dawn of the year 2000 caused many of us to reflect, to step back, and seeing the world from a broader view, to set a new course. In a sense, we live this experience every day at the Virginia Historical Society as we "collect, preserve, and interpret the commonwealth's past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations." Our mission speaks to the vision so eloquently set forth by our president, Governor Gerald Baliles. As stewards of the past, we are constantly looking ahead to what we will leave for our children -- and our children's children. Yet, as an institution, we, too, paused to revisit our direction at the "threshold of a new century."
It is apropos that January 2000 marked the groundbreaking ceremony to move, reorient, and remodel the VHS headquarters building's principal entrance. The renovation created a welcome center, a more open space that is now fully accessible to all our guests -- one that invites visitors to discover us. Much like the beginning of a new construction project, in many ways the year represented breaking new ground, changing the perspective from which we've been viewed, and building on our past successes to achieve even greater accomplishments as we move forward. We entered the year with a renewed commitment to core goals, most notably the need to enhance the Society's collections development funds and to continue reaching out to diverse audiences.
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