Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Preservation Virginia

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.preservationvirginia.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Preservation Virginia is to preserve, promote and serve as an advocate for the state's irreplaceable historic places for cultural, economic and educational benefits of everyone.

Main Programs

  1. General Programs
  2. Historic Properties
  3. Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project
  4. Revolving Fund Program
  5. Advocacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Statewide

ruling year

1941

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Kostelny

Keywords

Self-reported

Jamestown, education, historic, preservation, archaeology, collections, revolving fund, public policy, education, history, partners in the filed, tobacco barns, endangered, sites

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Also Known As

Preservation Virginia

EIN

54-0568800

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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2014 Accomplishments:Re-envision how people interact with our historic sites through symposia at Bacon's Castle, interpretive interactions at the John Marshall House school programs that link history and science at Cape Henry Lighthouse and special events including a food festival at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown;Share information with supporters to advocate and educate decision makers to protect historic tax credits programs on the state and federal levels;Work with local advocates to develop our Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Sites list so that we can protect places such as the Rosenwald Schools in Virginia by helping individual communities develop preservation plans and find new uses for these schools that for many rural African-American children in Virginia were the first opportunity for public education in the first half of the 20th century;Continue the Tobacco Barn Preservation Project in Southside Virginia and find funding to establish a mini-grant program to restore tobacco barns in Pittsylvania and Halifax counties in Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina;Provide opportunities for people across Virginia to come together at our annual conference in Norfolk and share ideas about preservation and learn new and innovative solutions for saving the places that matter the most.Phase 1 of our study of the economic impact of historic preservation, conducted by the VCU Center for Urban and Regional Development, was released in 2014. The study looked at the combined impact of the Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and the Federal Historic Tax Credit Programs on the Commonwealth's economy between 1997 and 2013.Completed a 30-minute documentary, Preserving Virginia, the Future of History, to be aired on PBS stations that highlights how the Commonwealth of Virginia has embraced historical preservation for its economic and cultural value to local communities. 2015 Goals: Provide educational tools to help communities articulate the benefits of preservation including continuing phase 2 and 3 of a three-part economic impact study that measures the benefit of state and federal tax credit programs, the Main Street Program and its synergy with historic preservation and revitalization and a heritage tourism. Continue and launch community based projects such as the Tobacco Barns and Rosenwald Schools that will preserve unique assets while presenting model programs for other regions of the state. Examine the 2015 Endangered List to determine new programs that will meet statewide trends, threats and needs.Continue to develop and present innovative interpretive programs and uses at our historic sites including Historic Jamestowne, Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, the John Marshall House, Bacon's Castle and Cape Henry Lighthouse and share these with colleagues in the preservation community to model sustainable and engaging programs.Engage an ever growing audience by providing educational offerings at the Virginia Preservation Conference, the fall Tax Credit Summit, the Spring Preservation Summit, workshops and on the web that meet the diverse needs of all of those interested in preserving the architectural and scenic character of Virginia and its corresponding economic, cultural, and educational benefits.

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

General Programs

Shares its experience of saving, preserving and maintaining historic places through the Virginia Preservation Conference; publications and web site resources; statewide training workshops and lectures; and by providing technical services in preservation, technology, and fund development for local organizations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Historic Properties

Provides interpretation and public programs at six historic sites including Historic Jamestowne, the John Marshall House, Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, Bacon's Castle, Smith's Fort Plantation, and Cape Henry Lighthouse that tell the story of the Commonwealth through the lives of the people who shaped it.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project

Explores and shares the archaeological remains of 1607 James Fort providing a multi-dimensional understanding of the seventeenth century beginnings of this nation.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Revolving Fund Program

Operates a Revolving Fund Program that saves threatened historic places.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Advocacy

Serves as an advocate for Virginia's irreplaceable historic places through a statewide public policy agenda, connecting grassroots organizations to issues and legislation on the statewide and federal levels and promoting model solution-based programs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Statewide

Funding Needs

Support programs that promote preservation tools to help revitalize Virginia's communities while preserving the unique character and cultural identity of the region. These include the existing Tobacco Barn project in Pittsylvania and Halifax County; developing programs to help deal with blight in urban areas such as Petersburg, Danville, Richmond and other cities; and launching a Rosenwald School project to strengthen communities individual efforts to rehabilitate and reuse these structures. Build a financially sustainable model for the operation of historic sites and house museums, including Historic Jamestowne, given the 20 year national decline in attendance to such sites. Offer this experience to other organizations that struggle with the same challenges. Grow the unrestricted and restricted endowment funds by $2 million over the next three years. Address the capital projects and deferred maintenance issues at the John Marshall House, Bacon's Castle and Patrick Henry's Scotchtown to allow for expanded use and participation at the sites. Estimated $1 million for these three sites. Use the experience to teach owners of historic and older homes how to maintain their own structures.

Accreditations

National Trust For Historic Preservation

National Trust For Historic Preservation

National Trust For Historic Preservation

Affiliations + Memberships

Virginia Conservation Network

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ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF VA ANTIOUITIES
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Preservation Virginia

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Kostelny

BIO

Mrs. Kostelny brings more than 24 years of experience in the museum and preservation field. She has worked with Preservation Virginia for 18 years and brings an awareness of the past accomplishments and vision for future goals for Preservation Virginia. Through her leadership, Preservation Virginia is leveraging the awareness gained through the opportunities of 2007 to raise the level of success and sustainability in the programs statewide.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" It has been my privilege to witness the tremendous evolution of this organization over the last twenty years. Preservation Virginia—its leadership, members and branches—have adapted to the changing field of historic preservation to remain vital. Preservation Virginia is multifaceted working on many levels to ensure that historic places across Virginia remain vital. We have been effective because we are not afraid to partner or press forward with innovative strategies to grow support and expand a preservation movement. Preservation Virginia has adopted a positive approach to preservation issues—looking for the balance between the need for growth and the economic and cultural value that historic structures and neighborhoods bring to Virginia communities. So whether it is preservation and interpretation of a specific site like the John Marshall House or Historic Jamestowne or providing owners of older homes technical advice or working with local groups to ensure that historic assets are considered when new building projects come on line, Preservation Virginia is utilizing 120 years of hands on experience to ""connect people to resources to ensure the vitality of Virginia and Virginia's historic places""."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Anne Geddy Cross

Community Volunteer

Term: Dec 2014 - Dec 2016

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