The purposes for which this corporation is organized are:
A. To promote historical programs, lectures, exhibitions and similar activities for Gloucester County;
B. To support efforts for the preservation of historic buildings and sites;
C. To study, compile and publish historical information on the County;
D. To collect and preserve manuscripts and printed materials and other physical remains pertaining to the history of the County;
E. To acquire and receive real estate and personal property for ownership, preservation, use and/or management by the Society in furtherance of its historical and educational purposes and;
F. To administer the Walter Reed Memorial Scholarship program.
The Gloucester Historical Society in Virginia was organized in 1977 as part of the Bi-Centennial Celebration. Its general meetings are held quarterly in January, May, July and October opening with general business, then proceeding with a presentation on historical topics from various speakers. The board meets quarterly in the month ahead of the general meeting.
In 1979, the Greaves family gave Rosewell and 8.746 acres to the Gloucester Historical Society to preserve and care for the ruins. In 1997, the Historical Society signed a long-term lease with The Rosewell Foundation for its preservation. The lease is $10 per year.
The Gloucester Historical Society’s primary focus in the recent past has to been to provide educational opportunities for its members and the general public through its series of quality presentations of local and regional history as well as sponsoring visits to historic sites that are generally not open to the public. Equally important in this focus on education is the society’s annual award of the Walter Reed Memorial Scholarship to college students in the history or archaeology fields. The number of awards has been increased to two each year. The Society also tries to act as a resource to other history-related efforts locally such the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and The T.C. Walker/Rosenwald Schools Foundation in their formative periods. As always, the Society takes the stewardship of it ownership of John Page’s Rosewell quite seriously.
It is my dream for the Society to continue its focus on education but also move the Society into the digital age and establish an on-line presence with links to resources as well as explore the use of social media to communicate and engage a broader demographic. I also want to explore the adoption of projects on a rotating basis – whether it’s oral histories, school activities, preservation of documents, conserving of artifacts now disintegrating in boxes or assisting in building/site preservation. I would like to see the Society take a lead in initiating a greater degree of communication and collaboration, where welcome, among the many diverse history related groups in the county, perhaps by establishing an annual forum. And finally, at least for the purposes of this statement, the Society must re-energize itself to help secure the continued presence of Rosewell for generations to come.
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