The mission of the Menokin Foundation is to preserve and interpret the home and life of patriot Francis Lightfoot Lee, as a focus for better understanding the fields of history, architecture, archaeology, ecology, and other areas of the humanities by developing innovative scholarship and new practices in conservation.Our vision is to provide at Menokin an internationally recognized learning center for heritage and natural resource conservation through innovative practices and technology.
Menokin is a particularly poignant example of both the ease with which history can be lost and how the heroic acts of preservation halt that destructive process. The Menokin Foundation has chosen to preserve the house in a fashion that forever acknowledges that it partially collapsed and allows the talents of architects, archeologists, conservationists and historians to be uniquely appreciated and showcased.
Since its founding in 1995, the Menokin Foundation has significantly advanced its mission. Private philanthropy, along with endowment and earned income, helped finance a structure to shelter the house, built the Martin Kirwan King Conservation and Visitor Center Complex, found and conserved the house and its architectural elements, offered programs to the community and professionals and initiated plans for the Glass House and entire property. The Foundation is significantly ramping up its fund development program to support a capital campaign to see this project to fruition.
The Menokin Foundation is currently a small organization with a big vision for the future of its National Historic Landmark property. We want to create an internationally recognized learning center for heritage and natural resource conservation through innovative practices and technology, using the home, surrounding landscape and life of patriot Francis Lightfoot Lee as the teaching vehicles.
non incautus future, or never unmindful of the future—a motto we certainly live by here at Menokin.
No other historic site in Virginia, let alone the nation, brings together such a wide range of learning opportunities at one place. Whether they are history buffs who enjoy travel in their retirement, families from the area who are looking for a weekend excursion, a school class, or practitioners in the conservation field, Menokin offers something of interest to each person.
· Experience the House and Plantation Landscape
· Experience the People
· Experience Nature and Ecology
This local program provides regional elementary and middle school students an overview of some of the great educational resources available to them within the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Collaborating cultural institutions develop presentations and coordinate with the schools for an immersion event. Menokin's Education Coordinator, Alice French, works with students and teachers to engage them in a program about revolution and creative thinking.
One of our most successful K-12 STEM programs, A River Runs Through Us (ARRTU) originated in Richmond County and has since expanded to 6th graders in Lancaster, Westmoreland, and Essex counties. Our program is referred to as a model example by Virginia Naturally, DCR by bringing a meaningful watershed experience to all of our youth, and important goal of the Virginia Department of Education.
Strategy IV: Education and Programs
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