American Civil War Museum

Richmond, VA   |  https://acwm.org/

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.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO & President

Dr. Rob Havers

Main address

490 Tredegar Street

Richmond, VA 23219 USA

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Formerly known as

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

Museum of the Confederacy

EIN

46-4685540

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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EXHIBITIONS AT THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR CENTER, TREDEGAR

The current American Civil War Museum exhibit A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America is located at our new museum building at Historic Tredegar. The exhibit exhibit places less emphasis on battles and military strategy. Instead, Museum visitors experience stories of how the Civil War affected Americans across the divides of race, gender and nationality with added dimensions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

On one of the daily guided tours at The White House of the Confederacy, visitors will learn about this meticulously restored National Historic Landmark that was the executive mansion for Jefferson Davis, his wife and children from 1861 to 1865. However, many more people lived and worked in the house besides the Davis family. Learn about the enslaved and free African Americans, European immigrants, and personal staff who worked in the home, as well as house visitors like Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln.

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“Appomattox” is one of a few place names that is not only shorthand for an historic event—the surrender of General R. E. Lee’s Army and the end of the Confederate States of America—but also a metaphor—for the end of the war, a new beginning as a reunified nation. ACWM-Appomattox’s permanent exhibit explores stories using more than 400 artifacts, photographs, and documents – including the uniform coat and sword that Robert E. Lee wore to the surrender, the Appomattox parole lists, and a dozen audiovisual stations that bring rich human stories to life. A new temporary exhibit “Local Stories, National Struggle” takes you to Appomattox and Lynchburg as the communities encountered the tumult of the Civil War. The many paths of life that locals followed are represented here by nine ordinary individuals. Through them, we catch a glimpse of the scope of the national conflict through the lens of those who experienced it.

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ACWM has extensive educational programs that span all locations and take ACWM’s programs out into the community:  • Book Talks: Authors discuss their latest works. Attendees learn more about the American Civil War and its legacies while engaging with authors in Q&A.  • Bottimore Lectures: Visiting lecturers explore the Civil War.  • Civil War Conversations: This casual monthly program explores the Civil War and its legacies through talks with local, regional and national historians. • Foundry Series: A social evening with a brief talk and Q&A session. • History Happy Hours: Features history’s lesser known stories of the Civil War at a local watering hole. • Symposia: A day-long deep dive into topics around the Civil War and its legacies. • Annual Teacher’s Institutes: A week-long Teachers Institute and a 3-day Civil War 101. • Online Resources: Educator Resources, Searchable Collection, and Program Video Recordings

Population(s) Served
Adults

ACWM provides school field trips that include customizable guided tours of three crucial Civil War museums—ACWM’s Historic Tredegar and White House of the Confederacy locations, and the Richmond National Battlefield Park’s Civil War Visitor Center. Students become historians, exploring primary source documents and artifacts to delve deeply into human stories of the Civil War. Field trip programming will allow students to analyze facts, evidence, and situations surrounding a problem or choice so that they can work together to develop solutions. Lesson plans, field trip itineraries, and wrap-up activities are provided to teachers for preparation before the field trip and follow-up afterwards.  ACWM also provides a shortened version of the same programs in classrooms.  The Museum maintains a “scholarship program,” from funds given from generous donors, to provide access to these programs free of charge to classrooms with financial need.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The American Civil War Museum aims to use its resources to provide state-of-the-art, authentic, interactive and emotionally compelling experiences to the full range of contemporary visitors: from school children, scholars and Civil War enthusiasts, to family tourists. The ACWM seeks to tell a larger and more inclusive story for a larger and more inclusive audience and aims to engage an increasingly diverse audience who expect more nuanced, complex, and inclusive storytelling. Our goal is to connect people to a collective past that is at times contentious but also revelatory about the United States as a nation and as members of the global community.

The American Civil War Museum is taking a multi-pronged approach to achieve the goal of sharing the many perspectives of the war with the world. We are building a new 28,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility at the Historic Tredegar site which will hold a permanent exhibit, as well as space for two temporary exhibits which are being developed through a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Museum continues to hold educational programming such as History Happy Hour and Teacher's Institute, as well as educational community days such as Civil War and Emancipation Day in April of every year. We also hold more academic focused events, like our annual Symposium, which bring together a variety of experts to discuss a theme relating to the war. These various approaches provide every type of visitor an experience that is on their level and can enjoy.

The American Civil War Museum is uniquely capable of achieving these goals. In 2013 the Museum of the Confederacy (MOC) and the American Civil War Center (ACWC) joined forces to form the American Civil War Museum. The vast collection of the MOC and the multiple perspective mission of the ACWC provide a distinct and unique set of stories for students, visitors, educators, and academics. Our advisory historians are well-regarded Civil War historians and provide exemplary guidance. Our location in Richmond, Virginia and our shared campus with the National Park Service's entrance to the Richmond Battlefields allows us to tell the stories of the war in a way that focuses on real places and real people.

The consolidated museum has accomplished a great deal in the three years that it has existed. Annual events like Teacher's Institute and Civil War and Emancipation Day allow us to reach out to a broad and diverse group, including families and children. We continue to make progress in introducing the stories of the war to a wide array of people, allowing them to rediscover their interest in history and the war. Our main goal for the future is to open the brand new facility for the Museum at the Tredegar Iron Works. We hope this opening will bring a more diverse visitor base that are ready to hear a wide range of stories and feel a personal connection to a pivotal time in our history. The new building will also provide a new cultural location to our local community and will reinvigorate the area along the James River, making it a spot for the many tourists who are coming to Richmond to experience the food, history, art, and culture of the city.

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American Civil War Museum

Board of directors
as of 3/26/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Daniel Stoddard

Dominion Energy

Term: 2019 -

U. Ellis

Ellis Communications

Claude Foster

Universal Corporation

Bruce Gottwald

NewMarket Corporation

Monroe Harris

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Donald King

McGuire Woods

Elisabeth Wollan

Community Volunteer

Walter Robertson

Sterne, Agee, & Leach, Inc.

O. Rollins

Drive-To-Work

Daniel Stoddard

Dominion

Ruth Streeter

CBS News

W. Surgner

Altria Group

George Freeman

Universal Corp

Elizabeth Cabell Jennings

Community Volunteer

Johnathan Mayo

Community Volunteer

Lewis Powell

Hunton & Williams

Edward Ayers

Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities; President Emeritus, University of Richmond

Leigh Schell

Community Volunteer

David Gompert

Retired U.S. Diplomat

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

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Gender identity

 

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2021

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.