"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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For nearly two centuries, the VHS has been the steward of incomparable treasures that tell the story of Virginia's remarkable history. Founded by individuals whose ideas and actions helped shape the nation and nurtured by successive generation through some of our country's most momentous times, the society has become one of the nation's premier history museums. 

As a private institution, not a state agency, the VHS depends on charitable contributions to fulfill its educational mission. The VHS is the oldest, continuously operating cultural institutions in the state and one of the oldest historical societies in the country. There are many ways that an individual or company can support the VHS.  It is through donations and memberships that the society can continue to provide award winning programs, exhibitions, and services. Support the Virginia Historical Society today!

When you purchase a VHS gift membership during February, your recipient will receive an extra four months of membership—sixteen months for the price of twelve.
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The VHS offers several different types of membership to meet your needs.
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Silhouette of John Marshall 1882.23
Bequests and other planned gifts from generations past and present give VHS the necessary resources to keep at bay the constant threats of neglect and apathy.
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