American Civil War Museum
490 Tredegar Street
Virginia VA 23219
Mission Statement
The mission of the American Civil War Museum is to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christy S. Coleman
Board Chair Edward L. Ayers Ph.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Richmond
Contact Information
Address 490 Tredegar Street
Virginia, VA 23219
Telephone 804 649-1861 145
Fax 804 780-0264
E-mail museum@acwm.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
NameYear
American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar2013
Museum of the Confederacy2013
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,990,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,670,000.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of the American Civil War Museum is to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians. 
Impact The mission of the American Civil War Museum is to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.
Needs

Main Museums and Galleries-$21.7M

A 40,000 sq-ft building will be the nerve center of the American Civil War Museum. These spaces will work together to produce dynamic, compelling, and interpretive experiences designed to convey the character, choices and sacrifices of all participants in the War and their communities.

Collections (Preservation & Presentation)-$2.6M

The unparalleled collection of the Museum of the Confederacy will be housed in new, state-of-the-art collections facilities; artifacts that require preservation will receive the utmost care and protection.

The White House of the Confederacy-$1.3M

The White House of the Confederacy is one of the Museum’s most important artifacts. The House is in need of many repairs and renovations, including replacing the porch deck and adding interactive exhibits on the first floor to help orient visitors and illustrate the lives of the Davis Family.

Special Programming, Exhibition Related Cost-$2M

These funds will be used for a variety of purposed such as special displays of artifacts; enhanced thematic utilization of the historic Tredegar site; reenactments that engage the visitor with compelling personal stories from multiple perspectives; and presentation of the Museum’s unequaled research capabilities.

Background

In 1889, the City of Richmond decided to raise the former house of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The Davis family lived there nearly four years, fleeing the South and into history in April, 1865. For twenty years following Reconstruction the house served as Central School, one of the first public schools in Richmond. But by 1889, the home was scheduled to be demolished to make room for a new school. When word got out about the city’s plans, citizens were up in arms. Calling themselves the Confederate Memorial Literary Society, prominent women in Richmond acquired the house and through various fundraisers collected enough money to repair the building. In 1896, the mansion’s doors were opened as the Confederate Museum.

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar was founded in 2000 (formerly the Tredegar National Civil War Center Foundation) by a group of interested citizens, scholars and friends that wanted a more complete interpretation of the American Civil War than had been offered at other sites around the country. In its initial campaign, the American Civil War Center raised funding for the adaptive reuse of the historic Tredegar Gun Foundry, itself an extraordinary Civil War artifact built in 1861, and the fabrication of a teaching exhibit called In the Cause of Liberty inside that building. The exhibit interpreted the story of the Civil War from three perspectives--Union, Confederate and African American--fulfilling the Center's mission. The first of its kind when it opened in 2006, the exhibit remains a compelling work that has received acclaim as a breakthrough in Civil War interpretation nationally by many esteemed academics and publications.

In November 2013, The Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center consolidated and their operations to create a new organization The American Civil War Museum. The mission of the American Civil War Museum is to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians. This new organization possesses an unrivaled collection of Civil War art, artifacts, and research material that will be showcased in a new facility located in Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy and the epicenter of the War.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
National
International
Tri-cities Region
Statewide
 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Edward L. Ayers Ph.D.
Company Affiliation University of Richmond
Term Nov 2013 to June 2017
Email eayers@richmond.edu
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Hon. Daniel T. Balfour Retired
Mr. Dennis I. Belcher McGuire Woods
Ms. Elizabeth Cabell Jennings Community Volunteer
Ms. Christy S. Coleman American Civil War Museum
Mr. U. Bertram Ellis Jr.Ellis Communications
Mr. Edward M. Farley IVCNA Management Co., L.C.
Mr. Claude P. Foster Universal Corporation
Mr. George C. Freeman IIIUniversal Corp
Mr. Bruce C. Gottwald NewMarket Corporation
Mr. Bernard Grigsby Community Volunteer
Dr. Monroe E. Harris Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
Mr. Donald E. King McGuire Woods
Mrs. Leigh Luter Schell Community Volunteer
Dr. Robert N. Mayer Community Volunteer
Mr. Johnathan Mayo Community Volunteer
Mr. Lewis F. Powell IIIHunton & Williams
Mr. S. Waite Rawls IIIAmerican Civil War Museum
Mrs. Susan Rice Community Volunteer
Mr. Walter S. Robertson IIISterne, Agee, & Leach, Inc.
Mr. O. Randolph Rollins Drive-To-Work
Mr. Sidney Buford Scott Scott & Stringfellow, Inc.
Mr. Daniel G. Stoddard Dominion
Ms. Ruth Streeter CBS News
Mr. W. Hildebrandt Surgner Jr.Altria Group
Mr. Matthew G. Thompson Jr.CSC Leasing Co.
Mr. Mario M. White Virginia State University
Dr. Elisabeth Muhulenfeld Wollan Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 22
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 96
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 93
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
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Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Christy S. Coleman
Experience Christy S. Coleman joined the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in April 2008. She began her career in 1982 as a living history interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, where she worked full time while pursuing her education. Throughout her tenure she grew in her leadership responsibilities. She left CW as the Director of Programs, responsible for all daily and special public programming in 1999 when she became the President and CEO of the nation’s largest African American museum, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, in Detroit, MI. During her tenure, the museum’s membership grew from 3,500 to more than 15,000. She also launched a successful $43 million Legacy Campaign. Ms. Coleman has written a number of works related to the museum field, and historic drama for screen, theater, and on site. She has consulted nationally with leading institutions on community engagement, strategic planning, diversity, and historic topic. She has received awards for her work. She was raised in Williamsburg, VA and received a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies and a master’s degree in museum studies from Hampton University.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Mr. S. Waite Rawls III
Term Start Nov 2013
Email wrawls@acwm.org
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2011
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,990,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,670,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal----
State----
Local----
Unspecified----
Individual Contributions$3,929,631$12,207,302--
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$955,231$803,901--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$60,120$152,662--
Membership Dues$210,076$354,403--
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$1,165,200$1,165,200--
Other$589,035$771,205--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$6,807,677$5,193,737--
Administration Expense$488,645$677,352--
Fundraising Expense$459,966$352,822--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.892.48--
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%83%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%3%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$28,523,238$30,525,155--
Current Assets$6,877,226$8,464,134--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$1,225,000--
Current Liabilities$574,072$503,994--
Total Net Assets$27,949,166$28,796,161--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.9816.79--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%4%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $34,600,000.00
Amount Raised To Date $26,781,500.00
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 7/2016View