FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2006
Contact: Carol Anne Baker, Media Relations Specialist
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VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY NARROWS CAMPAIGN GAP
AS DEADLINE APPROACHES
Richmond, VA – Fundraising efforts are successful as the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) enters the last six months of its $55 million 175th Anniversary: Home for History Campaign. The Nunnally Charitable Lead Trust Foundation recently awarded the VHS a $500,000 grant. The Nunnally Charitable Lead Trust has been named the signature sponsor of the new Virginians at Work exhibition—a first-of-its-kind exhibition that uses objects to tell the story of how Virginians have made a living.
"This is great news," says Pamela R. Seay, vice president for advancement. "This gift from the Nunnally Charitable Trust is significant because it counts toward the Kresge challenge and helps us close the gap as our deadline draws near." The Society had recently been notified of a $1 million challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation—a gift made payable only if the campaign reaches its goal on or before December 31, 2006. "This generous award from Nunnally and other recent significant gifts brings us to less than $5 million to go in six months," adds Anne R. Worrell, campaign co-chair. "We are most grateful for this gift and the support we have had from our many friends throughout the state." The new wing at the VHS, which was funded by the campaign, will open to the public July 22. It has been on schedule and within budget since groundbreaking in July of 2004. When asked if she is confident that the Society will reach its goal to meet the Kresge challenge, Worrell responds, "Absolutely. I know we will."
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience,
a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
times to the present is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Museum Galleries only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Sundays. For group tour
information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit