"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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Membership

We promise we will be a better organization because of your membership contribution and participation. Your support benefits current and future generations who will be inspired by the amazing story of Virginia.  The VHS offers a variety of membership levels to meet your needs.  Join or renew your membership today.

Annual fund

You can give directly to vital core-mission programming at the VHS—projects that help advance our mission and make the past accessible to everyone. Make an online contribution of $250 or more, and we will send you a copy of The Story of Virginia. Contribute to the annual fund.

Leadership giving

If you have a passion for history, please consider joining one of our leading groups of donors who make it possible to tell the unparalleled story of Virginia in all of its remarkable variety. Support the VHS through leadership giving.

Corporate and foundation partnerships and sponsorships

Make history your business. Your organization can reach target audiences and provide community enrichment while also fulfilling your philanthropic and marketing goals. We will work with your organization to create a rewarding and successful museum experience for your clients, customers, employees, and thousands of VHS visitors each year. Learn more about corporate and foundation partnerships and sponsorships.

Protecting the Endangered Céloron Plate

The Céloron plate is one of the most important artifacts to survive from Virginia’s colonial period and one of the most treasured among the museum pieces held at the VHS. Over the years, corrosion has occurred on the piece, despite the care taken in its display. Help us protect the endangered Céloron plate by making a donation today!

Restoring the Hoffbauer murals

ConservationThe Memorial Military Murals, by Charles Hoffbauer (1875-1957), are an American treasure. Important cleaning and conservation work has started, thanks to a Save America's Treasures grant awarded by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The grant comes with a challenge to match it with private support—with your support.

Be part of the Hoffbauer Circle.  This generous group of donors contribute $1,000 or more to support the restoration of the Hoffbauer Murals. They enjoy special recognition in VHS publications and website. We will send you a reproduction print of one of the seasons for each gift of $1,000 or more. Help restore the Hoffbauer murals.

Recurring gift plan

When you choose to support the VHS through a recurring gift plan you provide a steady source of income to sustain our wide array of outstanding programs and services. Setting up a recurring gift plan is quick, easy, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Every recurring donation, no matter how large or small, is one of the most manageable ways you can support the VHS. Learn more

Gift memberships

Who are the history enthusiasts in your life? A gift membership is the perfect gift for a friend, relative, client, or your favorite teacher or colleague. Your recipient will receive twelve months of publications, lectures, exhibitions, openings, and other lively events and programs. It is a unique gift that lasts the entire year.

Tribute gifts

Tribute and memorial gifts in honor of friends and family are an especially meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones while supporting VHS educational and collecting initiatives.

Youth Education Fund

The Youth Education Fund enables the VHS to offer distinct programs that cater to specific needs of various grade levels, teachers, community youth groups, and families.

Giving to the VHS can increase your income

Are you interested in ways you can strengthen the VHS while advancing your personal goals at the same time? Try our gift calculator. Now you can do the math! Learn how you can give and receive an income in return; avoid estate and income taxes; and make a gift that lasts forever.

TeachersGreatest History Teacher Salute

Pay tribute to your favorite teacher in the society's Greatest History Teacher Salute. This program honors teachers for their contributions to education and the influence they have on their students. Your Greatest History Teacher will receive a one year membership and special recognition.

Cathy Boe

Cathy Boe, Senior Gifts Officer

Do you have questions about membership and giving?  Do you need help choosing a membership level?  Prefer to join or renew your membership over the phone?  Contact me at 804.342.9657 or cathy@vahistorical.org.

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