Virginia Historical Society

aka Virginia Museum of History & Culture   |   Richmond, VA   |  https://www.virginiahistory.org/

Mission

Connecting people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. By collecting, preserving, and interpreting the Commonwealth's history, we link past with present and inspire future generations.

Ruling year info

1941

President & CEO

Mr. Jamie O. Bosket

Main address

P.O. Box 7311

Richmond, VA 23221 USA

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EIN

54-0419452

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Story of Virginia

This exhibition interprets 16,000 years of Virginia history and features more than 500 artifacts, maps, letters, and diaries. Objects in the exhibition are supplemented by images from the VMHC's collection, soundscapes, video, and digital interactives. From the earliest American Indian artifacts to life in the state at the beginning of the twenty-first century, visitors can learn about the cultural and historical transformations of the commonwealth as they travel from one gallery to another.

Population(s) Served

Bring the VMHC into your classroom with HistoryConnects K-12 programming! Our award-winning catalog of programming for students highlights the vast collection of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture while reinforcing both national and state standards of learning. HistoryConnects sessions are designed to be student-centered and foster inquiry and may be booked individually or as a thematic bundle.

Population(s) Served

Virginia Journeys is the VMHC's Member Travel Program. Join us for one day and overnight trips to other historical organizations. It is a great way to enjoy history alongside other enthusiasts.

Population(s) Served

The Banner Lecture Series, established in 1988 by then-president Dr. Charles F. Bryan, was the first public lecture series ever offered by the Virginia Historical Society. Since then, the VMHC has been hosting noontime lectures that are open to members and the general public. Authors and scholars discuss their most recent work and research on a variety of topics, ranging from architecture and art to genealogy and modern-day politics. Held in the museum's Robins Family Forum, the lectures last approximately one hour and are followed, in many cases, by a book signing.

Population(s) Served

In 2013, the Virginia Historical Society was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to participate in its Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle initiative. This program used the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. The film series was so well-received that the VMHC decided to continue the program and to name it in honor of trustee emeritus Rev. Grady W. Powell, Sr., of Petersburg, Virginia, who was instrumental in the development of relevant and accessible programming. After each film, a notable historian or a panel of distinguished guests provides historical context to the audience, and in turn, the audience has a chance to ask questions.

Population(s) Served

Virginia History Day is the state affiliate of National History Day, a project-based learning program for students grades 4-12. This interdisciplinary research project helps students develop historical thinking and literacy skills while making the study of history engaging, relevant, and most of all, fun!

Population(s) Served

Virginia Museum of History & Culture and special guests present virtual programs on special topics.

Population(s) Served

Join the Virginia Museum of History and Culture as members of our education team “mythbust” some fan-favorite historical films!

Population(s) Served

Exclusively for VMHC Members, this series provides the opportunity to hear from VMHC curators on a variety of topics. This free program is offered every other month.

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Where we work

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation 2007

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Museums on the Boulevard 2002

Virginia Association of Museums 1985

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Primarily, residents of and visitors to the Commonwealth of Virginia (all ages). Virtual programming expands this reach when utilized.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Creation of ongoing partnership with the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia - produced the Partners in History exhibition (opened July 2021)

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We aspire to represent all Virginians as we meaningfully share the ever-evolving story of Virginia with a broader audience - feedback from our stakeholders is a critical part of establishing what "meaningful" means for our current context.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Virginia Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 9/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Cabell

Williams Mullen

Harry Byrd

Senseny South Corporation

Conrad Hall

Dominion Enterprises

Anne Worrell

Community Volunteer

Brenton Halsey

Community Volunteer

H. Baldwin

Former Chairman, Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company

Nancy Gottwald

Community Volunteer

John Nelson

Executive Vice President $ Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, Inc.

Charles Cabell

Partner, Williams Mullen

William Fralin

President/CEO, Medical Facilities of America, Inc.

George Freeman

Chairman, President & CEO, Universal Corporation

William Woolridge

Retired Vice President, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Susan Goode

Active civic volunteer

Thomas Snead

Retired President/CEO-WellPoint, Inc., Southeast Region

J. Harvie Wilkinson

Judge-US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Herbert Claiborne

Carpenter Company

Landon Hilliard

Brown Brothers Harriman & Company

Pamela Royall

Royall & Company

Richard Cullen

McGuireWoods, LLP

Linwood Lacy

Retired

Thomas Slater

Hunton & Williams

Robert Sledd

Retired

Robert Taylor

Retired

Russell Harper

Managing Partner, Harper and Associates

John Jumper

Retired, US Air Force General who served as the 17th Chief of Staff

Elizabeth McClanahan

Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia

Allison Weinstein

Co-President and CEO, Weinstein Properties

Gerald Smith

Valley Proteins

G. Minor

Retired

Austin Brockenbrough

Lowe, Brockenbrough and Company

Jeanette Cadwallender

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/22/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/24/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.