Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia Inc

  • Locust Grove, VA
  • www.germanna.org

Mission Statement

The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 1956. Its purpose is to preserve and make known the history of the Virginia Germanna Colonies, their operations under the patronage of Alexander Spotswood, his residence and activities at Germanna and in the surrounding area.  The Germanna Foundation seeks to strengthen the families of the future through the inspiration of the past.

Main Programs

  1. Land conservation
  2. Historic Preservation
  3. Education
  4. International Outreach
Service Areas

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National

The Germanna Foundation has members in 47 States, the District of Columbia, Australia and Germany.

ruling year

1958

President since 2008

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Mr. Marc Wheat

Executive Director since 2011

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Ms. Karen S. Quanbeck

Keywords

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Germanna,german colonies,museums,libraries,German Americans,Wilderness,Salubria,Spottswood,silver mining,iron making,colonial history,Germany,Spotswood,Williamsburg,Monticello,Lafayette,Daniel Boone,Robert E. Lee,Civil War

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Also Known As

The Germanna Foundation

EIN

54-6048585

 Number

3245094522

Physical Address

2062 Germanna Highway

Locust Grove, VA 22508

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs

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Program 1

Land conservation

The Foundation owns and manages 179 acres of forested land located between the Rapidan River and Virginia Route 3 in Orange County, Virginia, which was part of the original Germanna tract on which Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood and the Virginia General Assembly settled the first colony of Germans in 1714. The land is not only significant as part of the original Germanna settlement in the 18th century, but also because it was a site of significant Civil War activity at Germanna Ford on the Rapidan River in the 19th century.

     The Foundation’s Visitor Center, Library and Memorial Garden(http://germanna.org/visitor_center) are located on this land, which is adjacent to the Locust Grove campus of the Germanna Community College, whose campus land was a gift from the Foundation to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1969. The Foundation is developing hiking trails on the land with the assistance of skilled professionals and its sponsored Boy Scout troop, and for use by groups such as the Scouts. The Foundation is committed to protecting the pristine beauty of this historic area through work with local and regional conservation organizations as well as making the educational value of this nature preserve available to groups interested in flora and fauna.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 2

Historic Preservation

In addition to its land at the Germanna settlement, the Foundation owns and manages several other significant historic properties. One is the Peter Hitt cemetery site in Fauquier County. Peter Hitt, a son of one of the 1714 settlers, was a Revolutionary War soldier. The Foundation maintains this historic piece of land with the goal of caring for it and making it available to researchers and descendants. The Foundation also owns Salubria(http://germanna.org/salubria) , a 1740s Georgian style plantation mansion with 19 acres of wooded grounds and a terraced boxwood garden located in Culpeper County, 8 miles west of our Visitor Center(http://germanna.org/visitor_center) .
       The mansion was built for the widow of Lt. Governor Spotswood by her second husband, The Reverend John Thompson. A magnificent structure that had never been damaged by the insertion of heating, plumbing, or electricity, Salubria(http://germanna.org/salubria) is a rare treasure that the Foundation is committed to preserving according to the highest standards in the field of historic preservation. To that end, the trustees work with the Department of Historic Resources(http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/) of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which holds a historic easement on the property, and with other preservation organizations and leaders. Important trustee-led planning for the future of this property is underway with the goal of making this splendid site more accessible to historians, scholars, students, and the general public.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

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Program 3

Education

Education is central to the Germanna Foundation mission. The key components in our educational endeavors are as follows:
►     . Our Visitor Center(http://germanna.org/visitor_center) is a haven for large numbers of descendants of these early German settlers, and is prepared to serve many more of them through interpretive exhibits that tell the Germanna story, and through our research library which contains extensive printed materials and archival files about Germanna immigrants, their homeland, and their families. The Visitor Center welcomes the general public as well, and volunteer docents there guide visitors through the exhibits and library five days a week, year-round.

►     .  Since its formation in 1956, the Foundation has published 18 books(http://germanna.org/catalog/1/germanna_records) that cover a wide range of historic topics relating to the Germanna settlements as well as genealogies of many of the families. Several of these books have gone into their second or third printing, and a number of new titles are currently under development.

►    .  The Foundation’s annual Conference and Reunion(http://germanna.org/conference2010) has been held each July since 1956. The program includes guided tours of historic sites in Orange, Culpeper, Fauquier, and Madison Counties that are associated with the Germanna settler families. Also, local and nationally-recognized speakers who present talks on topics of German-American interest, genealogy, colonial history, archaeology, and historic preservation. An important component of the reunion weekend is the Kids Kamp, structured especially for the children and grandchildren of those attending. This day-long event, which is held at Salubria(http://germanna.org/salubria) , offers hands-on experience in colonial Virginia life including foodways, cooking, clothing, games, and a taste of archaeology.

►    . The Foundation’s 1,000+ members receive a newsletter three times a year. This professionally-designed two-color publication of 12 to 16 pages carries information about Foundation activities and programs, informative articles about Germanna-related historic sites in Germany and the United States, an occasional article in German for the Foundation members who live there, and messages from the president of the trustees and the president of the membership association.

►    .  The Foundation’s website, www.germanna.org(http://www.germanna.org/) ., was completely re-developed in 2008-2009 into a sophisticated, interactive site, containing historical information, news, profiles of trustees, directors, and staff, program promotion, a Germanna shop where all publications, CDs, and related items can be ordered online, historical articles, book reviews, some members-only sections, and a message board. Plans are underway for the extensive expansion of this website with a genealogical database and databases of Germanna-descended Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers, among others. 

►     .   Finally, the foundation offers educational opportunities to college and graduate students through supervised summer internships that provide hands-on experience in research, public relations, and the administration of a historic site and organization. Students who have taken advantage of the opportunity come from other states besides Virginia and include students from Germany.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 4

International Outreach

The development of strong ties with home villages and descendants located in Germany has been an important part of the Foundation’s mission since its inception. A founding trustee and generous benefactor, investment banker Ernst Flender of Manhattan, New York, was a native of Siegen, home city of the 1714 settler grouthe Rhineland-Palatinate, and in the Kraichgau area of Baden-Wuerttemberg from which the original settlers came.

       Close ties have developed with the various Burgermeisters (mayors) in the towns and with the Heimatvereine, the local historical and civic improvement organizations in the towns. In turn, some members of these group have visited the Germanna Foundation when in the United States, and some have attended the annual Germanna Conference and Reunion. Members of our trustees have met with board members of the DAG(http://www.dagsiwi.de/index2.html) to discuss ways we might cooperate on student exchanges and on au pair exchanges. The Foundation’s Germany-based trustee(http://www.germanna.org/boards_of_germanna#horst) is an officer of the DAG(http://www.dagsiwi.de/index2.html) . The trustees’ planning includes efforts to expand the international ties in coming years.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Germanna Foundation has members in 47 States, the District of Columbia, Australia and Germany.

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MEMORIAL FOUNDATION OF THE GERMANNA COLONIES IN VIRGINIA INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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President

Mr. Marc Wheat

Executive Director

Ms. Karen S. Quanbeck

BIO

Marc is the 4th President of the Germanna Foundation since 1956, and has been member of the Board of Trustees since 1997, succeeding Sarah Aylor Lewis. Marc descends from Rev. Henrich Haeger, Germanna's colonial pastor. His descent from ten of the original forty-two colonists at Germanna makes him related to many Germanna Foundation members. Marc has spent almost his entire career in public service, mostly in areas that focus on strengthening our families and our culture. His first job in Washington was Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Dennis Hastert, where he led Congressman Hastert's drive to repeal the Social Security earnings limit (later the 7th pledge in the Contract With America). Marc served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, & Human Resources. During his tenure there, he lectured at the European Parliament in Brussels; met with advisors to President Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan; and helped manually eradicate a coca field in Colombia. He learned a great deal about the world after joining the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Colin Powell six weeks after 9/11, where he served as Senior Advisor for Senate Affairs. In the 1990's, Marc was Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked principally on health care, bioethics, and bioterrorism; while Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy, he succeeded in the elimination of $8.1 billion of wasteful spending in May 1992, the largest such rescission since 1982. Marc's Porkbusters Coalition was the subject of Adventures in Porkland, a book by Washington Post reporter Brian Kelly and illustrated by political cartoonist Pat Oliphant. A discussion of his anti-trafficking work in Robert Goff's Finding Karishma: Modern-Day Slavery and the New Abolition Movement, and thanked in Francis Fukuyama's Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. He is a 2006 alumnus of the Congress-Bundestag Exchange Program. Marc received his B.A. (majoring in Spanish) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, and his Juris Doctor in the Corporate and Securities Specialty Track at George Mason University in Virginia. He is president and board member of the German-American Heritage Foundation and its museum in Washington, DC. A member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia and the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Virginia Society SAR, Marc and his wife Marie (a former Transatlantic Fellow of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt) raise their son and daughter at Germanna and in Arlington, Virginia.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"President Marc Wheat: In ten years, we may look back on the visit by Bundestag member Volkmar Klein and German-American Heritage Museum Executive Director Rüdiger Lentz as one of the most important events in the history of the Germanna Foundation since the dedication of the Brawdus Martin Germanna Visitor Center. The importance may not be centered on the fact that Klein is a member of the budget committee of Germany’s parliament, or that Lentz was one of the top German journalists posted in Washington for the twelve years before he took his current job. Here’s my prediction on why this will prove to be important: busy Germans took so much time to come from so far away to tell us how important Germanna is to their future. What is important about the Germanna Foundation is that we celebrate the settlement of Germanna by families who braved the Atlantic passage; we preserve the genealogies of those families and what they accomplished in building America; and we safeguard the land on which they lived and died in the hope of a better life for their remote posterity. It is this strong sense of shared history and destiny that is the core of an emerging “Germanna diaspora network.” This network among Germanna descendants (and non-descendants who admire our work) links members in 47 states, Germany, Canada, and Australia."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Marc Wheat Esq.

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