Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Waynesboro At War

We bring history to life.

Waynesboro, VA

Mission

Waynesboro At War's purpose is to develop, organize and present educational programs pertaining to the Civil War, with a special emphasis on the roles played by the City of Waynesboro and Augusta County. We provide education by giving free lectures and slideshows in schools, libraries, and other public venues as well as utilizing social media channels and the corporation's website to provide facts, statistics, and other related data on the American Civil War. Other of our programs include, but are not restricted to, living history displays, Civil War balls, battle reenactments, and fundraising events in order to provide funding for our annual Waynesboro At War Civil War Weekend, and future historical projects.

Ruling Year

2015

President

M. Reed Lewis

Secretary

Gayle Michele Hocking

Main Address

78 Old White Bridge Rd

Waynesboro, VA 22980 USA

Keywords

Civil War education and preservation in Augusta County, Virginia

EIN

46-3514250

 Number

2422881132

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our local schools score below 80% on the History portions of the SOL tests. Our aim is to create fun educational opportunities that highlight the Civil War history of Waynesboro. By engendering an interest in this era through hands-on experiences, we hope to create a desire in students to delve deeper into the other eras of history.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Civil War Weekend

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of attendees present at rallies/events

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil War Weekend

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We had no data collection method in place in 2015.We had no program in 2016. 2018 event cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

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No target populations selected

Related program

Civil War Weekend

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number includes Vintage Baseball practices, public ceremonies and days of living history presentation. We had no data collection method in place prior to 2017.

Number of public events held to further mission

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil War Weekend

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We had no data collection method prior to 2017.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil War Weekend

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number includes reenactors, vendors and spectators. We had no data collection method prior to 2017.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil War Weekend

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We had no data collection method prior to 2017.

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Waynesboro At War's purpose is to develop, organize and present educational programs pertaining to the Civil War, with a special emphasis on the roles played by the City of Waynesboro and Augusta County.
We are further devoted to the preservation of sites and objects which have a Civil War lineage and relevance to our area.
One tangible goal is the future installation of an interpretive site in the vicinity of a location that played a key role in both battles fought in Waynesboro.

Our primary event is our annual Civil War Weekend. This will bring experienced Civil War historians and artisans together to demonstrate various aspects of the war period. We also invite authors of Civil War related works to discuss their writings.
Other programs include public lectures and presentations throughout the area. Further, we are currently researching the slaves of Waynesboro with a vies to publishing our findings.

Our president is a Civil War reenactor and historian of over 25 years experience. He has given talks and demonstrations to numerous Scout units, schools, reenactment audiences, and Civil War Roundtables. He has been invited on many occasions to participate in National Park Service events, as well as programs at Fort Ward, Alexandria, VA. Further, he has been involved in coordinating over a dozen reenacting events and has a background in religious education and Scouting training.

We will know we are making a difference as SOL score go up, attendance at our programs increases, and volunteerism in living history opportunities grows.

We have leveraged ourselves into being a 'permanent' annual event. We have seen local interest in our programs grow. We have drawn spectators from several international locations. We have been consulted by other history-focused organizations for advice. We have uncovered a discrepancy in slave reporting for Waynesboro in 1860, and are working on correcting that information. We hope to bring more events and presentations not only in the public venue, but to schools and home-schoolers as well.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
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