Educational Institutions

Menokin Foundation

  • Warsaw, VA
  • www.menokin.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Menokin Foundation is to preserve and interpret the home and life of patriot Francis Lightfoot Lee, as a focus for better understanding the fields of history, architecture, archaeology, ecology, and other areas of the humanities by developing innovative scholarship and new practices in conservation.Our vision is to provide at Menokin an internationally recognized learning center for heritage and natural resource conservation through innovative practices and technology.

Main Programs

  1. History On the Go
  2. Jr. Duck Stamp Camp
  3. Stewardship and Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences
  4. The Fibonnaci Sequence
  5. Teaching the Teachers
Service Areas

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International

No other historic site in Virginia, let alone the nation, brings together such a wide range of learning opportunities at one place. Whether they are history buffs who enjoy travel in their retirement, families from the area who are looking for a weekend excursion, a school class, or practitioners in the conservation field, Menokin offers something of interest to each person.* Experience the House and Plantation Landscape* Experience the People* Experience Nature and Ecology

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2010

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Leslie S. Rennolds

Keywords

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The Menokin Foundation, Virginia Landmarks, National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmark, Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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Also Known As

The Menokin Foundation

EIN

54-1735338

 Number

3686075172

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Parent Teacher Group (B94)

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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Accomplishments Since the soft-launch of our capital campaign in October 2014, the Menokin Foundation has raised nearly $2 million towards our $7 million capital Campaign to Save Menokin.Our international and interdisciplinary team of professionals led by Machado Silvetti has made immense progress on the Menokin Glass Project. The completion of the planning and design phase in 2015 made way for further stabilization to continue in 2016 in preparation for the glass enclosure.The continued and increased support of Menokin's friends to our Annual Campaign has led to dramatic increases in the number and types of programs we can offer.Goals Provide a national model for historic site interpretation, preservation and education: Parts of Menokin have collapsed. The real potential of this house lies in the opportunity to approach its conservation and interpretation in a truly innovative and revolutionary way. The concept of radical thinking and innovative practice permeates everything at Menokin; not just the conservation of the building, but the entire visitor experience.Provide much-needed social and economic regeneration to a rural community: Our approach towards the transformation of Menokin already challenges traditional historic house conservation practices. But our ambition is even bolder. This project will also make a significant contribution to the social and economic regeneration of our rural community in Virginia's Northern Neck.Preserve and interpret the home and legacy of a signer of the Declaration of Independence: We need to pay a debt to Francis Lightfoot Lee who put his life on the line by signing a document that changed the course of our nation's and world history.

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

History On the Go

This local program provides regional elementary and middle school students an overview of some of the great educational resources available to them within the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Collaborating cultural institutions develop presentations and coordinate with the schools for an immersion event. Menokin's Education Coordinator, Alice French, works with students and teachers to engage them in a program about revolution and creative thinking.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 2

Jr. Duck Stamp Camp

While investigating the natural habitats of water fowl in the Rappahannock River Valley watershed, campers will learn to document what they see and discover with cameras, notes and sketchbooks. By the end of the week, campers will have a greater understanding of the waterfowl and their habitats. They will also have had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of drawing techniques to prepare them to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The Junior Duck Stamp Summer Camp Program is for 5th-8th graders, ages 10-14 years. Sponsoring Organizations The Menokin Foundationwww.menokin.orgU.S. Fish & Wildlife Servicewww.fws.govYMCA-Westmoreland Countywww.peninsulaymca.org Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friendswww.rwrfriends.orgWestmoreland State Parkwww.virginiastateparks.gov

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Program 3

Stewardship and Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences

One of our most successful K-12 STEM programs, A River Runs Through Us (ARRTU) originated in Richmond County and has since expanded to 6th graders in Lancaster, Westmoreland, and Essex counties. Our program is referred to as a model example by Virginia Naturally, DCR by bringing a meaningful watershed experience to all of our youth, and important goal of the Virginia Department of Education.This multi-partner program combines multiple visits in the classroom and culminates with a field program outdoors and on the water. The ARRTU will soon expand into the high schools, reinforcing watershed stewardship and learning about our natural resources and geology while offering water field experiences for 9th graders.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 4

The Fibonnaci Sequence

In the 18th century Age of Enlightenment, rules of nature were interpreted into rules of design as a way to create understanding and order in everyday life. This lesson combines all aspects of STEAM with interactive drawing and measuring activities and new terms of architecture and geometry. Students will learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and how it is calculated; Leonardo DaVinci's Vitruvian Man; How the history of architecture and archaeology influenced many period of design, philosophy, and art.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

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Program 5

Teaching the Teachers

Menokin works with teachers to help illuminate new ways of bringing our mission into the classroom by providing teachers with new tools and ideas to return with in the classroom.Our partnerships in the world of culture and our position as an institute of the humanities makes Menokin an exceptional place to introduce new frameworks of learning to share with our regional teachers in summer workshops. Some of the ways we are able to do this is by providing workshops on site, led by our staff and affiliates. Our Statewide Partnership with the VMFA has allowed us to show how art can be a useful tool for critical thinking and knowledge retention. Meaningful watershed educational workshops provide teachers with new skills and experiences. Our cross curricular approach incorporates science in its larger context to the community and the world. Our 500 acre site is the perfect setting to demonstrate all of these facets. Preservation and innovation, historical and current issues, the building arts and the natural environment will all be a part of the Menokin learning experience.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

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International

No other historic site in Virginia, let alone the nation, brings together such a wide range of learning opportunities at one place. Whether they are history buffs who enjoy travel in their retirement, families from the area who are looking for a weekend excursion, a school class, or practitioners in the conservation field, Menokin offers something of interest to each person.* Experience the House and Plantation Landscape* Experience the People* Experience Nature and Ecology

Funding Needs

We are currently in the first Phase of a multi-year capital Campaign for Menokin. During this period of Phase I, we need to raise $7 million from private donors to cover the costs associated with saving the house and constructing glass infill walls.From 2015-2018, we will rescue the house from the threat of collapse by rebuilding the foundation; stabilizing and repairing the standing walls; and constructing a lightweight steel frame to support the glass walls that will replace the missing exterior walls of the house.In addition to the construction and design funded by the capital campaign, Phase I will include programing components - covered by annual funds. Immediate Funding Need: $7 million from 2015-2018.Exterior work in Phase I includes:Stabilization and repair of the original standing wallsDesign and construction of a lightweight steel frame and glass skin that blends with the standing walls and creates a permanent, but flexible and elegant, enclosure.Interior work in Phase I includes:Conservation of the intact, remaining interior fabric of the housePublic access to the first floor level and basementPhase I of the Campaign for Menokin is the first and most urgent component of a comprehensive, revolutionary plan for Menokin. If Menokin is gone, we lose a National Historic Landmark - a place that possesses exceptional value in interpreting the heritage of the United States. Menokin is the only surviving house of the seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence that is not fully protected and saved.

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THE MENOKIN FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Menokin Foundation

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Principal Officer

Leslie S. Rennolds

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Menokin Foundation is currently a small organization with a big vision for the future of its National Historic Landmark property. We want to create an internationally recognized learning center for heritage and natural resource conservation through innovative practices and technology, using the home, surrounding landscape and life of patriot Francis Lightfoot Lee as the teaching vehicles. How does an organization such as ours realize success in meeting its vision? A compelling project that provides a unique offering to the public and scholars alike is the first ingredient. We are developing a strategy that preserves Menokin's remains and displays its craft and artifacts through an innovative glass structure. Whereas the house may serve as the centerpiece, it does not solely fulfill our vision. We are creating a site-wide interpretive plan that highlights the anatomy of 18th century life and Tidewater building techniques while recognizing the pre-and post-colonial history on site. This includes the larger components of the estate—the house, outbuildings, gardens, farming fields, slave quarters and landing areas. The second ingredient in realizing our vision is the involvement of top professionals and thought leaders in the fields of architecture, conservation, archaeology, historic landscapes, engineering, interpretation and strategic planning. Much of the Menokin Foundation's resources in 2011 were committed to: 1) bringing together our ""brain trust"" of advisors, who work with trustees and staff to make the right decisions for Menokin's future; 2) developing a fundraising plan that will help us meet our financial goals; and 3) selecting an international and interdisciplinary team of professionals, led by Machado and Silvetti Associates, to design and implement the glass structure and site-wide interpretive and master plans. During this important planning period in 2011, the Foundation continued with its programs and developed new partnerships through the hard work of its small staff and committed Board of Trustees. All of our years of careful planning and budgeting have given us the opportunity to proceed with the first necessary steps of the Menokin Glass Project which will ensure the successful launch of a capital campaign. This approach is a reflection of our deep connection to Francis Lightfoot Lee and his illustrious Virginia family. The famous squirrel on the Lee Family Crest symbolizes the family motto, non incautus future, or never unmindful of the future—a motto we certainly live by here at Menokin. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

The Hon. Hullihen Williams Moore

Community

Term: Jan 2016 - Jan 2018

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