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Virginia Historical Society Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/22/2014: Virginia Historical Society

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Virginia Historical Society Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/22/2014: Virginia Historical Society

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Physical Address: Richmond, VA 23221 0311
EIN: 54-0419452
Web URL: www.vahistorical.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A80 Historical Societies and Related Activities
Ruling Year: 1941 


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Mission Statement

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.

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Dr. Paul A. Levengood

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Since Nov 2008

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A native of Philadelphia, Paul A. Levengood received his BA from Davidson College in 1993, his MA from Rice University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in history from Rice University in 1999. He arrived at the VHS in 2000, taking up duties as the associate editor of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. In 2002 he earned promotion to managing editor of the VMHB. In 2005 he added program coordinator of the Reynolds Business History Center to his responsibilities. In May 2008, Dr. Levengood became president-elect and CEO-elect of the Virginia Historical Society, to succeed Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr., on his retirement in November 2008. Under Dr. Levengood's leadership the VHS has continued to grow its collections and produce award-winning exhibitions such as An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia. As we move into 2012, the VHS is reinventing our signature exhibit Story of Virginia, with a focus on telling all the stories of Virginia.

Leadership Statement:

The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) tells the Story of Virginia, connects people to America's past, and provides perspective for present and future generations. The VHS strives to be the best historical organization in the country so that national and international attention is focused on Virginia's role in the founding of American democracy and the contributions of all Virginians to our shared history.

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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: www.vahistorical.org 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.

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The VHS has made great strides in its partnerships under the US Deparment of Education's "Teaching American History" initiative. Through these various collaborations, we have completed a total of seventeen projects, serving thirty-seven school systems across the state.

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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.

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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.

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Work continues in earnest on our dynamic project, Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names. This free, online database has exceeded the mark of 10,000 names of enslaved Virginians gleaned from VHS collections and has secured national attention as a model database that fosters historical research and family history.The society's major sesquicentennial production, An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia, continues its tours throughout the commonwealth through 2015.A great deal of work has been accomplished on the massive three-year project to clean and conserve Charles Hoffbauer's Memorial Military Murals depicting Confederate leaders and soldiers during the spring, summer, autumn, and winter "seasons" of the American Civil War. All of the varnish, the layer of sooty grime, and the underlying ingrained residues have been removed from the C.S.S. Virginia painting, the Hospital Train painting, and the Summer painting. Painted between 1913 and 1920, the murals represent one of the few large-scale pieces of Civil War artwork on public view in the country.We awarded twenty-eight fellowships for general research, women's history and gender studies, and business and economic history to visiting scholars, representing sixteen U. S. states and one each from Canada, France, and England. As we move towards 2013, our goals include: Eliminate any fees associated with educational programs for school field trips and in-class outreach programs for all public, private, and home schools.Remain relevant and useful to educators teaching Virginia and American history.Develop innovative approaches to deliver history to diverse audience, young and old alike.Present the highly-anticipated travelling exhibition The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (March 4 to July 8, 2013)
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