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The Story of Virginia Campaign

 

The Story of Virginia Campaign is designed to help the VHS refresh portions of our existing facility and to maximize the existing footprint of the building. This will allow us to display more of our collections as well as host more and larger special events and lectures. The Story of Virginia Campaign will open our facility, our collections, and our expertise to an even wider audience. The goal, however, remains the same: to collect, preserve, and interpret Virginia’s past for future generations. Construction has begun and should be completed by fall of 2015.

Pamela R. Seay

Pamela R. Seay, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The VHS ranks among the top tier of history organizations in the country. The early, and strong, response to this campaign is a reflection of the important contributions made by Virginians to American, and world, history. For more information or to learn how you can help, contact me at pseay@vahistorical.org or 804.342.9681.

Three elements to the campaign 

The ideas, accomplishments and struggles of Virginians have shaped both American and world history. The Story of Virginia Campaign is about connecting people to the American past through those stories of Virginians.
E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., chairman of the VHS board of trustees

$20 million for capital projects

  • renovation of all public space on the main level
  • a larger Story of Virginia long-term exhibition
  • the creation of a pedestrian-friendly Boulevard plaza
  • a new south entrance with better accessibility and visibility
  • the reorganization of exisiting space on the ground floor to create a multi-classroom learning center that will be named the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center
  • Virginia Voices, a mostly crowdsourced documentary

$8 million for programs

$10 million for the endowment

  • to help sustain the 183-year-old VHS well into the future

Learn more about The Story of Virginia Campaign in our Annual Report for 2013.

View press releases related to The Story of Virginia Campaign. 

Paul Levengood

Paul A. Levengood, President and Chief Executive Officer

“This is not a traditional bricks-and-mortar campaign. Rather, its goal is to put learning at the heart of the Virginia Historical Society’s mission and to make smarter use of our existing space.”

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The south entrance
The south entrance to the VHS is the main entry point to our headquarters. And like our Boulevard entrance, we intend to make it a genuine gateway to our facility and collections.
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Inside the south entrance
We will expand the doorways and enhance and improve both visibility and signage---all with the aim of making the space more prominent, open, and welcoming for all our visitors.
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Learning Center
Our new, Learning Center will reflect our commitment to this growing community. Its design and programming will compliment and build upon both our long-term and changing exhibitions.
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The Story of Virginia exhibition
Set to open in 2015, the new "Story of Virginia" exhibition will be a rich and engaging experience for all our visitors.
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The Story of Virginia exhibition
Our long term exhibition, "The Story of Virginia," will occupy more than 10,000 sq. ft. and will offer the most comprehensive look at Virginia's rich history.
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Changing Galleries
An exhibition of Virginia landscape paintings will show the great diversity to be found in Virginia's land.
The south entrance
The south entrance
Inside the south entrance
Inside the south entrance
Learning Center
Learning Center
The Story of Virginia exhibition
The Story of Virginia exhibition
The Story of Virginia exhibition
The Story of Virginia exhibition
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Changing Galleries

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