Donations to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund are critical to maintain the educational programs that bring history to life for hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren and museum visitors each year. From a replica of the Declaration of Independence for a teacher workshop, to reproduction 17th-century shoes for a costumed historical interpreter, annual giving provides the tools that help us do more than teach history – they help us to inspire a lifelong love of history.
· $28.00 – Antler arrow points for the artifact bags museum guides use during school field trips.
· $60.00 – Parchment replicas of the Declaration of Independence for teacher workshops.
· $100.00 – Craft supplies for Broadside summer children’s education programs.
· $150 – Pair of 17th-century reproduction shoes for costumed historical interpreter at Jamestown Settlement.
· $250 – Cartridge boxes for public programs in the re-created Continental Army encampment at Yorktown Victory Center.
· $500 – Replicas of John Smith’s map for outreach education material culture kits.
· $900 – Supplies for blacksmith demonstrations in re-created James Fort at Jamestown Settlement.
· $1,800 – 17th-century compasses for Jamestown Settlement’s reproduction ships Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.
· $2,500 – Reproduction muskets for daily firing demonstrations at both of our museums.
Volunteers are needed to offer time and expertise to both museums – Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center – in historical interpretation, the sailing program, visitor services, and the museums’ libraries.
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are leading centers of education and tourism. Through nationally recognized living-history programs and museum galleries, they tell the stories of where and how America began. Living-history areas complement the museums’ exhibition galleries by involving visitors in interactive, hands-on learning. Special exhibitions and themed programs and events offer opportunities to explore topics in greater depth. While the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation receives partial operating support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and earns income through museum admissions, private donations made a critical difference in our ability to engage and educate the 546,671 visitors to our museums in 2014. Special exhibitions and themed programs and events were part of that visitor experience. The Foundation continued its successful program of special exhibitions at Jamestown Settlement by collaborating with The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, to develop “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.” The exhibit opened on September 19, 2014 and ran through September 8, 2015. In addition, private funds supported a number of public programs centering around the special exhibit, including the “On the Waterfront” family event; as lecture by Lyles Forbes of the Mariners’ Museum; and an educational “Family Trail” activity. Private funding also helped to underwrite other special events programming held throughout the year, including the “Stitch in Time” 17th-century fashion show at Jamestown Settlement held in conjunction with the “Fashion in Colonial Virginia” theme month; musical performances of fife and drums corps, including the renowned U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, during “Victory Celebration” weekend at the Yorktown Victory Center; and the production and performance of “Slave Spy: The Story of James Armistead Lafayette,” an original one-act play combining live performance with film.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection contains approximately 210,361 archaeological and non-archaeological artifacts. Thanks to private funds, fourteen artifacts were acquired for exhibit in Jamestown Settlement’s and the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s galleries. Among the objects acquired were an American-made flintlock long rifle circa 1760; a group of British officer’s uniform accessories; a portable writing desk once owned by General Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox;” a preliminary oil sketch-on-panel of Colonel Banastre Tarleton; and a pair of French silver candlesticks. The Foundation’s collections policy reflects an emphasis on public education and exhibition by acquiring objects that are central to a dynamic exhibits program. Original artifacts add another dimension to the fulfillment of the Foundation’s educational mission, allowing historical themes and educational programs to be more effectively illustrated. All artifacts in our collection are given a high standard of care. Our conservation facilities give us the capacity to carry out the full range of collection care that is expected and required of a fully accredited institution. For the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, approximately 85% of objects needed to open the museum have been secured through purchases and loans.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation programs served 273,460 students through hands-on sessions and guided tours at both museums and in outreach settings. Private grants and donations made through the Foundation, Inc., made the critical difference to thousands of Virginia schoolchildren living in underserved districts: more than 3,804 were able to come on a field trip to one of our museums and more than 1,396 were able to participate in an outreach education program in their classroom, all at no cost to them, their teachers, or their schools. Gifts to the Annual Fund also helped support outreach teacher wages and expenses and provided supplies for teachers’ kits and summer Broadside programs. The Foundation has also launched numerous web-based initiatives that bring the resources of the museums into homes and classrooms around the nation and the world. These include educational videos, podcasts, and vodcasts, as well as lesson plans and historical essays. Web visits to www.historyisfun.org for calendar year 2014 totaled more than 1.3 million. Whether in person or online, education programs support and assist teachers in meeting Virginia’s Standards of Learning and have been endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies, the nation’s leading association of social studies educators.
As the Yorktown Victory Center reached a midpoint milestone in its transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with the opening of the 80,000-square-foot museum building, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., was reaching a milestone by launching the public phase of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support. By June 30, 2015, the Campaign for Support had raised $10.6 million in support of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s gallery exhibits, outdoor exhibits, and educational resources, as well as for the Annual Fund. With $4.4 million left to raise to reach the Campaign goal of $15 million by June 30, 2017, the Campaign for Support offers numerous opportunities for meaningful investment to create, sustain, and preserve the story of the American Revolution.
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