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 for the project.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is envisioned by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates the Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement, to provide a renewed perspective on the meaning and impact of the Revolution and to strengthen the national tourism appeal of the Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown Historic Triangle. Permanent exhibition galleries in a new 80,000-square-foot building will engage visitors through period artifacts, immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits and short films. The building also will house a 5,000-square-foot special exhibition gallery, a theater for showing an introductory film, and classrooms to support educational programming. The museum’s outdoor interpretive areas – a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period farm – will be restructured and enhanced, linking to gallery themes.
Private donations to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., are supporting elements of gallery and outdoor exhibits and educational resources.
“The Gray Foundation’s generous grant continues a long tradition of Gray family support of the Jamestown-Foundation museums,” said Director of Principal Gifts Carter S. Sonders. “Gray Foundation grants have benefited numerous projects and programs over the past 30 years, and the late Virginia Senator Elmon T. Gray and Mrs. Gray were leadership donors to The Campaign for Jamestown Settlement, 1607-2007.”
The Yorktown Victory Center continues in daily operation as a museum of the American Revolution throughout construction, which is occurring in phases and includes a move from the existing museum building to the new facility in early 2015. The museum name will change to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown when the project is complete, in late 2016.
For more information about supporting the new museum, visit hif.ciniva.net or call (757) 253-4139.