"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Planning your legacy

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells

The past – within our grasp

How has VHS managed for so long to make history come alive for citizens in Virginia and elsewhere?

Who will continue the vital work of educating the next generation once this generation is gone?

The future – within your reach

Both questions have much the same answer.  Bequests and other planned gifts from generations past and present give VHS the necessary resources to keep at bay the constant threats of neglect and apathy.   

The Virginia Heritage Registry – giving for tomorrow

Generations present and future have the same opportunity.  You now have the chance to enter the Virginia Heritage Registry by including VHS in your financial or estate plans.

History can teach

It’s true.  Most people really do have the means to give as they would like to give, simply by planning whatever deferred gift is right for them.

The following instruments have proven especially effective for friends of VHS who have decided to include VHS in their long-range plans:

Gifts that cost nothing during your lifetime: