Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc.

  • Irvington, VA
  • www.christchurch1735.org

Mission Statement

Preserve & interpret Historic Christ Church and the people of its 17th and 18th century parish; preserve and display artifacts, photos and documents illustrative of its construction and condition and relevant to its use as a colonial Anglican church utilizing all available media; continue examination of the historic record and archaeological exploration of the site; provide local, regional and national visitors an increasingly stimulating experience.

Service Areas

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National

The Foundation serves all of Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

ruling year

1958

Principal Officer since 2015

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Ms. Clare W Adams

Keywords

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historic preservation, research, archaeology, education, museum, Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Foundation for Historic Christ Church Inc

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EIN

54-6043163

 Number

2357322983

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Overview

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During 2012, the Foundation commissioned and completed an updated structure report as a follow up to the Historic Structure Report of 1994. The work outlined in the long-range preservation plan of the original report has been completed. The 2012 report contains a long-range plan that assures continuity and comprehensiveness in the Foundation's mission of preservation. In addition, 2012 saw the completion of exterior painting of the church building and cleaning and sealing of its extensive brick wall. The museum continued to update both physical and digital presentations. The Research Department embarked on a project to digitize and catalog its library of research volumes and original documents and maps. Strong financial results bolstered by the recovery and growth in the financial markets and donor support continues to sustain the Foundation's mission. In 2013 and beyond the Foundation will embark on the completion of the work sighted in the 2012 Structure Report. Immediate priorities include extensive repairs, or possible replacement, of the century old slate roof and addressing drainage issues impacting the church's foundation. The Education Program will expand its efforts to provide history programs in a relevant and enticing format to the students of the Northern Neck of Virginia and Foundation visitors. Technology will provide the methods to enhance the experience both on campus and through Internet access around the world. Research will continue the digitization project and many research projects and publications currently in progress.In 2014, the Foundation entered into a contract to replace the church's slate roof by year's end. A "Raise the Roof" campaign seeking support through grants, public donations and fund raising events has been launched to raise the $243,176 contract amount. As of September 2014, the campaign has raised much of the funds with the hope to reach 100% of the goal by late 2014 or early 2015.

Programs

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Program 1

FHCC programs include: 1) preservation of Christ Church, a pristine 1735 Georgian brick church, which is "as it came from the hands of its builders;" 2) a museum presenting artifacts and displays that illuminate the story of the church, its benefactor Robert "King" Carter and his immediate family and parish life c. 1735; 3) daily tours for visitors guided by trained, knowledgable docents; 4) special group tours by pre-arrangement guided by costumed, trained docents; 5) SOL framed on-site and classroom programs for schools; 6) year-round programs for children featuring age appropriate participatory interpretation of early 18th century life colonial life; 7) lifelong learning for adults focused on colonial history 8) historic research focused on the religious, political and cultural circumstances of Virginia and the Northern Neck in the late 17th- and early 18th-centuries; 9) archaeological exploration of lands surrounding Christ Church.

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Service Areas

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National

The Foundation serves all of Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Funding Needs

The foundation seeks support to fund specific programs and projects and to build the endowment in support of future needs. Current projects include educational outreach in support of local students and technology to reach the web based audience, restoration and preservation projects outlined in the 2012 Structure Report and the ongoing needs of the Foundation and its mission.

Accreditations

National Trust For Historic Preservation

National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property

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FOUNDATION FOR HISTORIC CHRIST CHURCH INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Clare W Adams

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John C. Bowden III

Retired

Term: May 2015 - May 2017

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