Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation

  • Pall Mall, TN
  • http://www.sgtyork.org/

Mission Statement

Founded in 1993, the Sgt. York Patriotic
Foundation (SYPF) is a nonprofit corporation funded by voluntary
contributions and grants. It serves to continue historical research,
preserve the Sgt. Alvin C. York home place, farm, Bible School and artifacts, develop
and coordinate educational opportunities for youth and adults, increase
sustainable heritage tourism to Sgt. York State Park and restore the
1920s-era York Institute building.

Main Programs

  1. Operation of York General Store & Visitor Center
  2. Historic, Artistic, Cultural Events & Initiatives
  3. Digitization and preservation of York artifacts
  4. Restoration & adaptive reuse of historic York Institute
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Some initiatives serve Fentress County, TN, and Cumberland Plateau. Most serve national & international visitors and scholars. With Web presence our ability to reach educators, veterans, researchers and potential visitors is unlimited. Visitors to York's home & Pall Mall sites are from throughout the world annually. Web site hits are also worldwide.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Ms. Claudia Kay Johnson

Keywords

Self-reported

COUNTY WWI, Sgt. York, York Institute, education, historic preservation

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Also Known As

Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation

EIN

62-1533627

 Number

6544117657

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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:

1.
Completed $1 mil. stabilization & remediation of the original 1920s York Institute, now ready for adaptive reuse as educational multipurpose facility

2.
Implemented TN Trailblazer's Tour connecting Cordell Hull & Alvin
C. York State Parks, providing interpretive audiovisual aides, signage and
displays for each site

3. Began digitization/archiving of York’s papers & audio
recordings

4.
Cosponsored w/ Eagle Scout restoration & enhancements of York
Nature Trail; produced guide brochure

5. Enhanced
York General Store Visitor Center w/
new video orientation equipment & design, printed & distributed 5,000 brochures to promote free daily tours; upgraded WWI & York merchandise in visitor center.

Goals:

1. Raise funds for restoration & adaptive reuse of York Institute

2.
Increase York home/farm visitation & develop/host exhibits

3. Host youth & adult educational, historic, military & arts events
for students, veterans & general public

4.
Publish out-of-print WWI books & York archival materials

5. Develop
virtual tours on Web of Sgt. York home for educators worldwide

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

Operation of York General Store & Visitor Center

SYPF operates York General Store & Visitor Center for Sgt. York's home & surrounding area, including Alvin C. York State Historic Park. All attractions are free. The store/visitor center offers orientation video, brochures, maps, coordination of tours, headquarters for events, York & WWI souvenirs/books/gifts, food, supplies, etc.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

Historic, Artistic, Cultural Events & Initiatives

Cultural, historic and patriotic festivals targeting k-college & adults three times per year will augment ongoing initiatives. These will include traveling museum displays, traditional arts festivals, lectures, art, performance and essay competitions, living history, WWI re-enactors, traditional music & drama. A virtual tour will be made free on the Web.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$130,000.00

Program 3

Digitization and preservation of York artifacts

The SYPF is working with the heirs of Sgt. York to catalog, scan, photograph, digitize and otherwise preserve or archive the artifacts, papers, recordings & all other belongings of York. A computer & archival quality scanner has been loaned for digitization, & a small grant helped get the photos & some paper ephemera scanned. Funding is needed for digitization of recordings of York's voice, preservation of materials, security, climate controlled storage, labor for physical work, supplies & contract work.These materials are currently stored in a non-climate controlled storage facility and are not protected from theft, the elements, pests, etc. They are not available for review by scholars or the education of the public. Family has agreed to publication of speeches to benefit this project, but no funds are available to create publication.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 4

Restoration & adaptive reuse of historic York Institute

The restored original York Institute building will be a center for teaching and research, as well as a venue for showcasing culture, the arts and history. Collaborative partnerships with colleges, technology centers and arts, history and cultural organizations will carry forth the legacy of Sgt. York.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$5,000,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Some initiatives serve Fentress County, TN, and Cumberland Plateau. Most serve national & international visitors and scholars. With Web presence our ability to reach educators, veterans, researchers and potential visitors is unlimited. Visitors to York's home & Pall Mall sites are from throughout the world annually. Web site hits are also worldwide.

Funding Needs

1 Funds to restore historic York Institute as educational multi-use facility, $5-6 million 2 Enhance visitor/educational experiences at York Home, Farm & Mill by expanding visitor center, conducting festivals and programs & developing Web store to sell York-related books and souvenirs to help fund continued upgrades to visitor center and educational events, $200,000 3 Revamping Web presence to include virtual tours for educators around the world, $40,000 4 Building a stronger board, developing volunteers, adding a support staff member for Executive Director, $80,000 5 Continue digitization and preservation of York artifacts, images, recordings, $100,000

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Tennesseans for the Arts

Tennessee Arts Commission

Crossville Chamber of Commerce

Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Tennessee Association of Museums

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SGT YORK PATRIOTIC FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Claudia Kay Johnson

BIO

Claudia
Johnson, who holds a B.A. in English-Journalism from Union University, has
spent her career in community development, public relations, marketing or news
reporting and is an outspoken advocate of preservation of historical
resources. She was one of 9 state
coordinators for Tennessee Homecoming ’86; was editor-in-chief of the Cumberland
Business Journal; author of the books A
Page from the Past and Giles
Heirlooms; and won first place from Tennessee Press Assoc. for her work on
the 150th anniversary of the Pulaski
Citizen. Memberships include memberships or leadership positions in several
Tennessee genealogical and historical societies and chambers of commerce, the
Tennessee Preservation Trust, National Trust, TN Assoc. Museums, Alliance for
the Cumberlands, Old Walton Road DAR, Upper Cumberland Tourism Assoc. Board.
She is an experienced public speaker, grant writer, photographer, publications
designer, event organizer and organization/project manager. More about her is
available at claudiajohnson.blogspot.com or pastpage.blogspot.com.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The SYPF board and management is blessed to represent the legacy of one of
America’s greatest heroes, Sgt. Alvin C. York, a man who chose not to profit personally from his
World War I military
accomplishments that earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor. Rather, he spent his life raising money to erect York Institute in the 1920s and later, York Bible School. His
reputation has never been tarnished nor his integrity questioned as has been the case of so many others who won instant
fame. Throughout his life he continued to grow as a Christian, a patriot, an educator, a community
leader
and a father/husband. His story still inspires, nearly a century later,
and the
places associated with his life & legacy bring thousands of
tourists,
scholars, veterans, families and students from around the world to Pall
Mall
annually. York Institute has educated tens of thousands of
students in
the economically challenged Cumberland Plateau region since its founding. The SYPF carries on his educational & community
development
mission globally through new technological delivery systems and regionally with events at his
home
& farm. We look to the future when the restored original York Institute
building will be a center for teaching and research, as well as a venue for showcasing culture, the arts and history. Because our community now is global, the SYPF seeks to improve methods & obtain funds to present the story of a true hero in a world where one is needed – not for
his
ability to shoot a gun, but for his strength of character to resist
material
wealth and invest his meager resources in the future of his people
through
education of their children."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Gerald York

Phoenix Consulting Group

Term: Dec 2010 - Dec 2011

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