Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Journey Through Hallowed Ground

  • Waterford, VA
  • www.hallowedground.org

Mission Statement

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a non-profit, four-state partnership dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled American heritage in a region running from Gettysburg, PA through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, WV to Jefferson's Monticello in Albemarle County, VA. With more history than other region in the nation, the JTHG was recognized by Congress as a National Heritage Area and offers authentic heritage tourism programs and award-winning educational programs for students of all ages. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area and Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway includes: * Nine U.S. Presidential homes, including Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier, James Monroe's Oak Hill and Ash Lawn-Highland, the Eisenhower Farm, Herbert Hoover's cabin, Theodore Roosevelt's Pine Knot Cabin; * The home of Chief Justice John Marshall, and one of America's finest arbiters of justice, General George C. Marshall, who penned the Marshall Plan from his home in Leesburg, Virginia * Two World Heritage Sites * 49 National Historic Districts * The largest concentration of Civil War battlefields in America, including Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, Antietam, Manassas and the Appomattox * 13 National Park Units * The greatest concentration of Rural Historic Districts in America * 16 National Historic Landmarks * 30 Historic Downtown Communities Our mission is to encourage Americans and world visitors to Take the Journey to Where America Happened; to experience the unique fabric of our American culture that can only be found within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area--from Gettysburg to Monticello.

Main Programs

  1. Extreme Journey Summer Camp
  2. "Of the Student, For the Student, For the Student" Service Learning Project
  3. Living Legacy Project
  4. Certified Tourism Ambassador Training
  5. Community Partnership Development
Service Areas

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National

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground spans from Gettysburg to Monticello, between which lies arguably one of the most important historic regions in the United States. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area includes: Adams County, Pennsylvania; Washington, Carroll and Frederick Counties in Maryland; Harpers Ferry, WV; and the counties of Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, Greene, and Albemarle Counties in Virginia.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. William W. Sellers

Keywords

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JTHG, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, The Journey, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway

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EIN

20-2992779

Also Known As

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2011, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership was awarded the inaugural FLITE Virginia Hall of Fame Award for promoting and sustaining economic development. There are over 54,000 tourism related jobs in the JTHG NHA, but economic development is only part of our story. WE also have award-winning educational programs that help students and teachers connect with historic, cultural and natural resources throughout the JTHG National Heritage Area. These programs foster an appreciation for the past and responsibility for the future by combining state-of-the-art technology with creative curriculums, on-site experiences and expert accounts to help students connect with our collective American heritage. The programs reach all grade levels and support state learning standards. Also as part of the 150th commemoration, we worked with Director and Producer Ron Maxwell and Warner Bros to release a special boxed set of the epic film Gods & Generals. We worked with the National Archives and the Gettysburg Foundation to create and include a booklet of artifacts and memorabilia as well as a stunning, two-sided map of the JTHG by the National Geographic Society.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Extreme Journey Summer Camp

Open to rising sixth through eighth grade students, the Extreme Journey Middle School Summer Camp takes kids on a high-tech field trip to explore the JTHG region. Hiking, biking, paddling, role playing and movie making all are part of the two-week Extreme Journey experience. In this program, students visit critically important historical sites from Gettysburg to Monticello, where they have an opportunity to get the ""inside scoop"" from the experts. Archaeologists, Park Rangers, re-enactors, even multimedia specialists, will share their passions and their expertise; take students back in time and into the mindset of men and women during crucial times in our nation's history. Then the students create original ""vodcasts"" depicting their interpretation of the times. We currently offer five camp sessions per summer, at an average cost of $40,000 per session. Our goal is to expand the program to allow students from throughout the country to share this transformational experience.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 2

"Of the Student, For the Student, For the Student" Service Learning Project

Of our many educational programs, we are particularly proud of our award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student™ community service project which literally connects middle school students to the history in their own backyards as they use primary source documents and digital technology to create mini-movies, which become part of the official interpretive materials at each of the 13 National Parks within the Journey, and are available to educators, students and visitors worldwide through YouTube, Facebook, our website and the National Parks websites. In the 2015-2016 school year, the Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student® service-learning project is being conducted at Gettysburg Area Middle School in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to focus on President Eisenhower and the Eisenhower National Historic Site using funds awarded by the NPS Technical Assistance Program. Two vodcasts are currently in production, and will highlight two important elements of President Eisenhower's Presidency: the national distribution of the polio vaccine, and Khrushchev's visit with Eisenhower in Gettysburg and its role in reducing tensions of the Cold War. To watch the vodcasts or to learn more, visit www.HallowedGround.org/Education. Please consider a gift to support this work as demand for our nationally award-winning educational programs far outpace our current capacity.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 3

Living Legacy Project

During the Civil War 620,000 soldiers died. Many of them fought on the battlefields within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. We are commemorating the Civil War 150th by planting 620,000 trees, one for each soldier who died, as a somber yet powerful Living Legacy along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway from Gettysburg to Monticello. In 2015, the JTHG Partnership planned and completed 7 tree planting events with dedication ceremonies, accounting for 1800 trees being planted. These trees will create a 180-mile memorial in the region along the JTHG National Scenic Byway, serving to remind each traveler along the way of the enormity of the loss. Each tree is geotagged, allowing visitors to learn the name and story of each young man for whom the tree is dedicated. In collaboration with teachers and students around the nation, the JTHG Partnership is providing the necessary resources for students to conduct primary source-based research on the fallen from their community, creating a local connection to a national memorial. Funding is provided from a number of sources, including individual donations of $100 for each tree planted.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$100.00

Program 4

Certified Tourism Ambassador Training

Did you know that tourism is one of the largest industries throughout the JTHG and accounts for over 54,000 jobs and $3b in revenue to our communities? As importantly, the businesses that rely on tourism also support the quality of life for every citizen, including the shop owners in our historic communities, the inn keepers, restaurateurs, the farms that supply our restaurants, and those who create equestrian and other sporting destinations. In July 2009, we launched the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program -- a ground-breaking, nationwide certification program that increases tourism by training professionals and volunteers with the goal of turning every visitor encounter into an exceptional one. So far, we have trained almost 1,000 CTAs who, in turn, have touched the lives of thousands of visitors.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 5

Community Partnership Development

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a consortium of some 350 heritage sites, non-profits, educational institutions, governments, Main Street Communities, tourism organizations and other organizations dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the region. Throughout the year the JTHG Partnership sponsors dozens of summits, including the Heritage Sites Roundtable, Humanities Council, Main Street Partnership, Destination Marketing Organization Council, Council of Elected Officials and Committee of Educators. An all-constituents Annual Meeting draws hundreds of participants and pours thousands of dollars into local economies.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

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National

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground spans from Gettysburg to Monticello, between which lies arguably one of the most important historic regions in the United States. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area includes: Adams County, Pennsylvania; Washington, Carroll and Frederick Counties in Maryland; Harpers Ferry, WV; and the counties of Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, Greene, and Albemarle Counties in Virginia.

Funding Needs

The JTHG Partnership is committed to: * Building a strong network of local, regional and national partners to develop a common vision for the conservation and enhancement of the scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, and natural characteristics of the region. * Developing education outreach programs for students of every age, teachers, and visitors. * Creating authentic heritage tourism programs that will provide economic development opportunities through regional branding and cooperative marketing in communities throughout the region. * Working in partnership with local, state and national leaders and residents to create and support a National Scenic Byway and a National Heritage Area that will sustain and strengthen our economy, heritage and quality of life in this region. * Creating open cooperation with property owners, heritage sites, citizens, businesses, real estate leaders and public officials to help communities grow and prosper while preserving America's historic, natural and scenic heritage. * Promoting the creation and maintenance of transportation systems that employ context sensitive design and foster efficient safe and enjoyable travel through the corridor.

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THE JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND PARTNERSHIP
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. William W. Sellers

BIO

William W. Sellers, a lawyer and nonprofit executive, has a proven track record in fundraising, building partnerships, and managing resources. Recently, he spent five years as President of Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, MO, which was founded in 1880. During his tenure, he led the $11 million nonprofit institution, which was on the verge of closure and bankruptcy, to record enrollment. Among other achievements, his tenure at Wentworth was marked by increases in fundraising of more than 50%; his leadership in strategic planning; his oversight of over $1 million in facility upgrades; the expansion of the campus footprint through the purchase of five adjacent properties; and increasing international enrollment through the establishment of an international department with recruiting initiatives in multiple countries.Sellers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. Prior to his presidency at Wentworth, he spent several years in private practice. Bill has served in leadership roles in a broad range of organizations. Among other positions, he has served as President of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States; on the Presidential Advisory Committee to Missouri's Coordinating Board of Higher Education; on the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Missouri; and on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. Sellers has also been active in managing, and fundraising for, several political campaigns.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"In 2015, The Journey celebrated its tenth anniversary, and we could not have reached this milestone without your help and support. For a decade, The Journey has been engaging our communities by educating our young people about the incredible history of our region, preserving that history, protecting our beautiful landscapes, and strengthening our economy through revitalization and heritage tourism. Your support built the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, and we are so grateful to you for your efforts. As we enter our second decade, your continued financial contribution will help broaden and deepen the impact of our programs. The Journey is a partnership in every sense of the word. We partner with 13 National Parks, 30 historic downtown communities, 9 presidential sites, and numerous farm-to-fork operations, wineries and historic sites, as well as groups like the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Civil War Trust, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 2016 will mark the 100th year of our National Park Service, and the 50th year of the National Historic Preservation Act. These important anniversaries will provide us with unique opportunities to build on some of our most significant partnerships. But most importantly, we partner with people, beginning with our schoolchildren. Currently, Gettysburg Area Middle School students are creating mini-movies, sharing stories from the Eisenhower National Historic Site as part of our award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the StudentTM program. In spring 2016, we will launch a new and innovative Beacon project for tech-savvy elementary students at Harpers Ferry National Park. Our Extreme Journey summer camps are becoming more popular every year and allow kids to gain an appreciation for our history while having a lot of fun doing it. With your support our second decade will be a great success. Sincerely, William W. Sellers, President and CEO "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. David F. Williams

Retired, Partner, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP

Term: Dec 2007 - Dec 2016

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