"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
Next event
Featured Promotion

Discover Charles Peale Polk's painting of George Washington.

George Washington
@vahistorical is closed today, July 27, 2016, due to a power outage. The Banner Lecture tonight is also cancelled. @RichmondNPS @RTDNEWS

The Story of Virginia Campaign

The Story of Virginia

VHS reaches Story of Virginia Capital Campaign goal

The Virginia Historical Society’s Story of Virginia Capital Campaign has reached and surpassed its goal of $38 million, it was announced on January 4, 2016 by the Society's board of trustees. Read the full press release here.

 The Story of Virginia Campaign opened our facility, our collections, and our expertise to an even wider audience. The goal, however, remains the same: to collect, preserve, and interpret Virginia’s past for future generations.

Pamela R. Seay

Pamela R. Seay, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The strong response to this campaign is a reflection of the important contributions made by Virginians to American, and world, history. For more information or to learn how you can help build on this success, contact me at pseay@vahistorical.org or 804.342.9681.

Three elements to the campaign 

The ideas, accomplishments and struggles of Virginians have shaped both American and world history. The Story of Virginia Campaign is about connecting people to the American past through those stories of Virginians.
E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., chairman of the VHS board of trustees

$20 million for capital projects

  • renovation of all public space on the main level
  • a larger Story of Virginia long-term exhibition
  • the creation of a pedestrian-friendly Boulevard plaza
  • a new south entrance with better accessibility and visibility
  • the creation of versatile classrooms and learning galleries from existing space
  • Virginia Voices, a mostly crowdsourced documentary

$8 million for programs

$10 million for the endowment

  • to help sustain the 185-year-old VHS well into the future

Read about campaign updates in our blog, "Welcoming a New Era."

View press releases related to The Story of Virginia Campaign.

The Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History Enter Fullscreen More information
The Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History
The south entrance to the VHS is the main entry point to our headquarters. And like our Boulevard entrance, we've made it a genuine gateway to our facility and collections.
Inside the south entrance Enter Fullscreen More information
Inside the south entrance
We expanded the doorways and enhanced and improved both visibility and signage---all with the aim of making the space more prominent, open, and welcoming for all our visitors.
The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center Enter Fullscreen More information
The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center
The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center reflects our commitment to this growing community. Its design and programming compliments and builds upon both our long-term and changing exhibitions.
Harry M. Bluford Classroom Enter Fullscreen More information
Harry M. Bluford Classroom
Our new, Learning Center reflects our commitment to this growing community. Its design and programming compliments and builds upon both our long-term and changing exhibitions.
The Story of Virginia Enter Fullscreen More information
The Story of Virginia exhibition
Our long term exhibition, "The Story of Virginia," occupies more than 10,000 sq. ft. and offers the most comprehensive look at Virginia's rich history.
The Story of Virginia Enter Fullscreen More information
The Story of Virginia exhibition
The new "Story of Virginia" exhibition provides a rich and engaging experience for all our visitors.
Landscapes of Virginia Enter Fullscreen More information
Landscapes of Virginia
An exhibition of Virginia landscape paintings shows the great diversity to be found in Virginia's land.
Virginia Voices Enter Fullscreen More information
Virginia Voices
Virginia Voices is the first state-specific, crowdsourced film of its kind.
The Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History
The Helga Koch Gottwald Gateway to History
Inside the south entrance
Inside the south entrance
The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center
The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning C
Harry M. Bluford Classroom
Harry M. Bluford Classroom
The Story of Virginia
The Story of Virginia exhibition
The Story of Virginia
The Story of Virginia exhibition
Landscapes of Virginia
Landscapes of Virginia
Virginia Voices
Virginia Voices

You might also be interested in