WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 12, 2016 – With gifts totaling more than $900,000, Dominion Resources, headquartered in Richmond, is the largest private donor to date to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support. Replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will debut its permanent exhibition galleries and introductory film to the public on October 15 and 16.
Dominion Resources’ gift, made through the Dominion Foundation, provides significant funding in support of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries, including acquisition of artifacts and production of interactive exhibits and films. In recognition of its leadership support, Dominion Resources is acknowledged in the credits of the “Siege of Yorktown” film, which will be shown on a 180-degree screen in a special effects theater within the 22,000-square-foot galleries.
“The new museum will be a leading center of education and tourism in Virginia,” said Philip G. Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement. “We are grateful for Dominion Resources’ commitment to our educational mission and its investment in this project.”
Dominion Resources’ total giving to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown includes support of public programs and lectures at the Yorktown Victory Center, as well as the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund. Grants from Dominion Resources made during the Campaign for Jamestown Settlement, 1607-2007 underwrote the introductory film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root”; helped to fund educational programming, public programs and special exhibitions; and supported the Annual Fund.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown name will debut along with the new exhibition galleries and introductory film, “Liberty Fever,” on October 15 and 16. Following completion of a new outdoor living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, a grand opening celebration March 23-April 4, 2017, will officially launch the new museum, located at Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown.
Planning, building and exhibit construction, and renovations to the site, including living-history areas, are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Private donations to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support are funding elements of gallery and outdoor exhibits and educational resources. As of June 30, more than $12 million has been raised toward the Campaign’s $15 million goal.
For more information about the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support, visit www.historyisfun.org or call (757) 253-4139.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums that fosters through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement and development of the United States. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation organized for charitable and educational purposes in support of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and its museums. The Foundation, Inc., receives charitable gifts and donations for the benefit of the Foundation, manages the endowment, acquires artifacts for the collection, and assists with educational programs and other activities.