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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Announces $15 Million Comprehensive Campaign for American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 13, 2015 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., the private fundraising arm of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, has launched the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support.

At a campaign kickoff event held May 12, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., President Clifford B. Fleet announced that the Campaign for Support has secured $10.4 million in support of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s gallery exhibits, outdoor exhibits and educational resources, as well as for the Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund. Led by Co-Chairs Mari Ann and Charles Banks of Gloucester, the campaign has raised 69 percent of the $15 million goal more than a year ahead of the opening of the museum.

The announcement comes as the Yorktown Victory Center reaches a midpoint milestone in its transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, with the opening of an 80,000-square-foot museum building. The entire project, including outdoor amenities and an expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, is planned for completion by late 2016, when the new name will replace “Yorktown Victory Center.” Major components of the project total approximately $50 million. Planning, site renovations, and building and exhibit construction are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Private gifts and grants, coordinated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., are supporting elements of gallery and outdoor exhibits and educational resources.

“We are all Americans and all participants in the ongoing experiment of democracy,” Virginia Governor Terence R. McAuliffe said at the campaign kickoff event. “As citizens of Virginia – the birthplace of founding fathers and witness to the decisive victory at Yorktown that secured our liberties – we can be proud of the prominent role we play in this experiment. The story of this great nation’s journey to independence has been told for decades at the Yorktown Victory Center and soon will be told at the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.”

The generosity of leadership donors has played a major role in launching the Campaign for Support.

• With commitments totaling $905,000, Dominion Resources, Inc., is the largest private donor to date in the Campaign for Support. Corporate support for the campaign also includes major commitments from Altria Group, Inc., Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., Newport News Shipbuilding, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., and TowneBank.
• York County has made a significant impact on the campaign, which runs through June 2017, with a commitment of $1 million over the next 10 years to support programming at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
• In 2009, the Gladys & Franklin Clark Foundation made an early gift for acquisition of a July 1776 broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence. Since then numerous foundations have awarded grants: the Beazley Foundation, Inc.; Camp family foundations; Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation, a component fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia; Hampton Roads Community Foundation; Herndon Foundation; Mary Morton Parsons Foundation; Richard S. Reynolds Foundation; and Robins Foundation.
• Significant support has come from individual citizens, including Dr. Wade L. Johnson and the late Mrs. Johnson, through the Oscar F. Smith/Marjorie Smith Charles Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.
• Members of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors have collectively made commitments totaling more than $2.3 million dollars. Major commitments include those made by immediate past president of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Sue H. Gerdelman, and her husband John, whose commitments total $500,000, and Campaign for Support Co-Chairs Mari Ann and Charles Banks, whose commitments total $300,000.

“We are encouraged by and deeply grateful for the tremendous support we already have received for our vision,” said Mr. Fleet. “We hope that people from across Virginia and across the nation continue to join in the Campaign for Support and ensure that the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will realize its vision as a leading center of education and tourism.”

With $4.6 million left to raise, the Campaign for Support encourages private sector support to complement the public sector investments in the new museum.

Gifts and grants during the quiet phase of the campaign have supported elements of gallery exhibits, outdoor exhibits and educational resources. Donations have helped secure period artifacts that are an essential component of the gallery experience, as they help connect museum visitors to the people, places and time of the American Revolution. Highlights of the enhanced collection acquired during the past year include a 1730s oil-on-canvas portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, an African Muslim cleric born in present-day Senegal and sold into slavery in colonial America, and a rare newspaper printing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a precursor of the United States Declaration of Independence.

While work continues on construction of permanent galleries, special visitor participatory experiences are offered in the new museum building and on an outdoor event lawn. A section of the new building serves as a venue for learning experiences for student groups as well as the general public. A separate entrance to the education center provides direct access to five classrooms that support curriculum-based structured educational programming and other museum special programs.

“Throughout our construction period the Yorktown Victory Center is providing an engaging experience for visitors and students from across the globe,” said Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Executive Director Philip G. Emerson. “We are grateful to our many Annual Fund donors for their support of programs during the museum’s transition from the Yorktown Victory Center to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.”

For more information about supporting the new museum, visit www.historyisfun.org or call (757) 253-4139.



Maritime Expert to Speak May 5 at Jamestown Settlement in Connection With ‘Chesapeake Log Canoe’ Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2015 – Lyles Forbes, chief curator at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, will speak at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, May 5, about the topic of the ongoing special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.” The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m. [caption id="attachment_14293" align="alignright" width="300"] This circa-1945 photograp

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‘Jamestown Day’ at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement Marks 408th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 23, 2015 — On Saturday, May 9, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 408th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement. “Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships

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Yorktown Victory Center Invites Community To Experience New Museum Building

YORKTOWN, Va., April 6, 2015 – A newly open building that will be the centerpiece of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – replacing the Yorktown Victory Center in late 2016 – will be showcased in a community open house on Sunday, April 19, with guided tours and light refreshments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free admission for residents of Gloucester, James City, Mathews and York counties an

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Private Tours, Vacation Packages Among Options for Visiting Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 30, 2015 – From private tours to vacation packages, there are a variety of ways to plan a visit this spring or summer to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of the nation’s beginnings through engaging experiences in gallery exhibits and outdoor re-created settings. At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can climb a

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Historical Clothing Expert Will Speak April 7 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 24, 2015 – British historian Stuart Peachey will present “Clothing of the Common People in Elizabethan and Jacobean England” at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, April 7. The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m. A specialist in the English Civil War and the history of food and clothing, Mr. Peachey is director of Historical Management Associates in Bristol, England, a li

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Forty-five People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in March 28 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 18, 2015 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens will be held on Saturday, March 28, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia.  The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immi

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With Move to New Building, Yorktown Victory Center is Midway in Transformation into American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

MIDPOINT MILESTONE YORKTOWN, Va., March 12, 2015 – With the completion of an 80,000-square-foot building – a distinctive new Yorktown landmark – the Yorktown Victory Center has reached a midpoint milestone in its transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Yorktown Victory Center and the museum replacement project are managed by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Vi

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Welch Fusiliers Topic of Lecture March 24 at Yorktown Victory Center

YORKTOWN, Va., March 5, 2015 – Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, Ph.D., will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Yorktown Victory Center on the subject of his book “‘That Astonishing Infantry’: The History of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1689-2006.” General Riley, who earned a doctorate in Modern History from Cranfield University, served in the British Army from 1973 to 2009 and in the 19

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‘Military Through The Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Presents Centuries of Military History — and Music

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 2, 2015 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together for one weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event. This chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature more than 35 groups b

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Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Grant Supports Acquisition of 1730s Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, Once Enslaved in American Colonies

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 19, 2015 – The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond has awarded a grant of $150,000 in support of the recent acquisition of a rare 1730s portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo for exhibit at the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.  The portrait is one of two known paintings of Diallo made in England by William Hoare, th

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Four Elected to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. February 12, 2015 – T.J. Cardwell of Williamsburg and Terry E. Hall, Brian K. Skinner and Alexis Swann of Yorktown have been elected to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors. The Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit entity that coordinates fundraising to benefit programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestow

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African-American Folk Tales and Songs Take Center Stage at Jamestown Settlement Weekend of February 14 and 15

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – “African-American Musical Imprint Weekend,” February 14 and 15 at Jamestown Settlement, will showcase performances by “The Storyteller” Dylan Pritchett, the Northern Neck Chantey Singers and Legacy of Weyanoke. The music and storytelling weekend is a highlight of “From Africa to Virginia” month at the state-operated living-history museum, with gallery exhib

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New Museum Building, Maritime Exhibition, Varied Special Programs Hallmarks of 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – A new museum building at the Yorktown Victory Center and a maritime special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement provide the backdrop for an array of special public programs throughout 2015. The two state-operated living-history museums tell the story of America’s beginnings through indoor films and exhibits and outdoor re-created settings: Powhatan Indian villa

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Experience Slight Visitation, Revenue Declines in 2014

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 13, 2015 – Paid visitation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 546,671 in 2014, a decrease of 2.4 percent from 2013. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,026,279 in 2014, down 2.5 percent. Paid attendance was 393,697 at Jamestown Settlement, 1.9 percent less than in

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‘From Africa to Virginia’ Theme Shapes February Programming at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

‘African-American Musical Imprint Weekend’ February 14-15 at Jamestown Settlement WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 12, 2015 – February is “From Africa to Virginia” month at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. Gallery exhibits and daily interpretive programs highlight the culture of the first recorded Africans in Virginia and the experience of people of African descent in

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Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation Grant Benefits American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 6, 2015 – The Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation, a supporting organization of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, has provided a grant of $150,000 in support of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to replace the Yorktown Victory Center in late 2016. In recent years the Gray Foundation has awarded grants totaling $259,000

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