Virginia Historical Society

Also Known As:
P.O. Box 7311 
Richmond,  VA  23221

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity
  • This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
  • Financial information in this report is derived from the organization's June 30, 2014 Form 990.


EIN: 54-0419452
Year Founded: Information not available
Ruling Year: 1941
Fiscal Year : June 30, 2014
Assets: $97,166,968
(from Jun 30, 2014 Form 990)
Income: $14,514,315
(from Jun 30, 2014 Form 990)
No. of Board Members:
No. of Full-Time Employees: 63
No. of Part-Time Employees: 12
No. of Volunteers: 90

Mission and Programs


The Virginia Historical Society connects people to America's past through the unparalelled story of Virginia. By collecting, preserving, and interpreting the Commonwealth's history, we link present with past and inspire future generations. With education as our primary focus, we attempt to achieve broad awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Virginia history by offering lectures, seminars, conferences, and consulting services; publishing teacher resource materials; conducting teacher training and re-certification workshops; arranging school and general group tours; supporting scholarly research through endowed fellowships & minority internships; maintaining a museum of changing, permanent & traveling exhibitions; operating a research library and a publications program that has functioned uninterrupted for more than 100 years. We are equally dedicated to the care and preservation of our collections, and have an in-house paper conservation lab that employs the latest equipment, procedures, and standards.


Program:Museum Galleries and Library
Budget: $60,000
Population Served:

Program Description:

The Virginia Historical Society serves the community as a resource for accessing and understanding our state and national history. We accomplish this task with our museum of changing and permanent exhibitions; a research library; as an educational resource for students, teachers, and lifelong learners; and through our in-house publications. The museum serves as an educational and cultural resource for anyone interested in Virginia's history and its role in the American experience. The VHS also has a research library that offers one of the most comprehensive collections of Virginia history in existence, and a quarterly publication, the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, that has continued uninterrupted for more than 100 years, and public lectures during the day and evening hours. Our education department works with schools and students across the state. Our collections include 10 million manuscripts; 150,000 books (15,000 of which are rare); nearly 5,000 maps; 1,200 newspaper titles and 300 serials; more than 4,000 pieces of sheet music; more than 1,000 paintings; 200,000 photographs; and more than 25,000 museum objects including textile, silver, furniture, and weaponry. Permanent exhibitions include: "The Story of Virginia, an American Experience," "The War Horse," "Heads and Tales," "Four Seasons of the Confederacy: Murals by Charles Hoffbauer," "Arming the Confederacy," "Making the Confederate Murals," and "Virginia Manufactory of Arms." Our website address is: and our collections catalog is available online.We offer free admission to all of our exhibitions, both permanent and changing, as well as our library, every day we are open to the public (Tuesday through Sunday). We made the decision to eliminate admission fees in 2010 as a testament to our commitment to make history accessible to everyone. No family, student, or up-and-coming historian is ever turned away from our doors for lack of funds.

Program:Youth Education Fund
Budget: $30,000
Population Served:

Program Description:

The Youth Education Fund supports our annual operating budget by specifically funding all our educational activities- both on and off site. The Youth Ed Fund underwrites field trips for students across the commonwealth as well as pre-tour materials for teachers. These field trips are especially popular when classes are preparing for their Standards of Learning (SOL) examinations in History and Social Studies. By eliminating the nominal admission fee ($2.50 per student for group tours), the Youth Ed Fund ensures that all students, regardless of district and family income, have equal access to our exhibits and can enjoy the fun and excitement of a field trip. Additionally, the Youth Ed Fund underwrites outreach to classrooms across Virginia---to schools that are so far from our headquarters building in Richmond as to make field trips cost and time prohibitive. We remedy the distance by traveling to schools with "history boxes" full of touchable artifacts to bring history to life in the classroom. The Youth Education Fund makes all of this possible at no cost to students, their parents, teachers, or school districts.
Program:We'll See You in Class and On the Bus
Budget: $10,000
Population Served:

Program Description:

According to the US Census, the oldest of the Baby Boomer generation turned 60 in 2006. Since then, this group of 78.2 million has been turning 60 at a rate of 7,918 per day. Our ""We'll See You in Class"" series is specifically designed to target this demographic and their need for educational programming. The addition of our new, state-of the art classroom serves an audience of teachers and students as well as a new audience we have dubbed ""life-long learners."" We developed a program entitled ""We'll See You in Class"" to specifically target this audience. This wildly successful series, established in 2005, invites students of all ages to after-hours classes hosted by staff and visiting historians. Topics have ranged from World War II to Civil War and Southern History film classes. Additionally, we serve this audience with bus trips to various attractions and destinations throughout the Commonwealth. This is a part of a new program which did not exist ten years ago.


Revenues and Expenses: Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014

Government Grants$1,091,046
Program Services$269,594
Special Events$0
Total Revenue$8,333,892

Program Services$7,807,648
Total Expenses$9,965,795
Net Gain/Loss($1,631,903)

Balance Sheet Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014

Note: The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

ASSETSJanuary 1, 2007June 30, 2014Change
Cash Equivalent$8,427,096$9,503,454$1,076,358
Accounts Receivable$0$0$0
Pledges Grants Receivable$9,617,236$5,188,191($4,429,045)
Receivable / Other$0$0$0
Inventories for Sale or Use$0$0$0
Fixed Assets$27,920,845$26,974,914($945,931)
Total Assets$98,582,260$100,465,853$1,883,593

LIABILITIESJanuary 1, 2007June 30, 2014Change
Accounts Payable$709,342$1,124,061$414,719
Grants Payable$0$0$0
Deferred Revenue$173,390$211,683$38,293
Loans and Notes$0$0$0
Tax-Exempt Bond Liabilities$16,165,000$15,490,000($675,000)
Total Liabilities$17,367,732$17,550,744$183,012
FUND BALANCE$81,214,528$82,915,109$1,700,581


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