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.
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.
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