Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Princess Anne County/Virgina Beach Historical Society

  • Virginia Bch, VA
  • www.virginiahistory.org

Mission Statement

To encourage public awareness of and stimulate interest in the history of Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach, VA; to involve the citizens of the community actively in the preservation and restoration of historic properties within the city; and to develop programs for the interpretation of the community's heritage and the stewardship of historic resources.

Main Programs

  1. Historic house tours of Upper Wolfsnare Plantation
  2. Speakers' Series
  3. Trips to historic areas of interest outside our city
Service Areas

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Virginia

Southeast Virginia, especially Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Norfolk.

ruling year

1965

President since 2016

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Barbara Henley

Vice-President since 2016

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Lillie Gilbert

Keywords

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Historic house preservation, historic educational programs, public involvement

Also Known As

Princess Anne County/Virgina Beach Historical Society

EIN

54-6056545

 Number

0125414194

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our programs have sparked lively discussion and further research. Several members of the organization have given programs in their area of expertise as a result. New members have joined the organization as a result of our programs and much-needed donations have been given and more promises to come.

The house tours have elevated our standing in the eyes of all who attend. We know this by verbal surveying and the comments offered to the docents and as thank-you notes received by the Society.

With a diverse series of programs, we appeal to all ages and races.

We recently purchased a new lawn mower to replace a very old unit.

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

Historic house tours of Upper Wolfsnare Plantation

Discuss the history of the 1759 house and its distinguished founder, Thomas Walke, III, his son Thomas Walke IV, and the other owners of the house and the place in history of these men and women.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Program 2

Speakers' Series

Several topics in 2015 included The Virginia Pilots' Association History, The History and Mystery of Pleasure House Point, The African American Church in Princess Anne County.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

Program 3

Trips to historic areas of interest outside our city

2016 trip to Chesapeake , VA to hear a talk about the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation and the significance of the battle that prompted the forming of this organization and its plans for the future.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$100

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We wish to refurbish the interior of the house with some minor repairs and paint. The guest bathroom needs new fixtures, paint, lights and flooring.

    The outside brickwork needs repointing and perhaps cleaning or resurfaced.
    The exterior front entry needs to be replaced. The roof needs to be examined and repaired if needed. Any woodwork around the roof area that needs to be replaced will need to be examined by a contractor.

    A garden project needs to be established and completed.


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We hope to appeal to our members for necessary funds and are looking into grants. We have an investment account that can be used for part of the repairs. We hope to hold a major fundraiser, perhaps as early as the 2017 Fall season.

    We continue to send out lively and educational newsletters and always include a donation mention with form to send in by readers.

    Our book sales and programs that charge a fee add to our revenue and these items will be on-going.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our board is enthusiastic and willing.

    Our members are loyal.

    The caretakers of our historic house are careful and tend to all necessary small repairs immediately.

    We have a thoughtful contractor for any type of repair or rebuild who is very interested in historic restoration.

    We have an investment account for large funding if needed. This does not mean that we will stop fund-raising, it simply means that we do have something on which to fall back if necessary for the safety of the house structure and the safety of our guests.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will see added capital to do necessary repairs.

    We will see the membership levels rise.

    We will have an on-going rapport with the public and the media as well as our members.

    We will assess our success by asking our members for input and show them where their support monies are going.

    We will have greater attendance at house tours and all programming (although the last 4 events that we charged admission for were all sold out, a fabulous sign of success).

    Many people will come to our fund-raiser that is planned.

    The media will write stories, televised reports and reviews about the organization and/or the house.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have purchased a new lawn mower and have chosen fixtures for the guest bathroom, chosen paint colors, flooring, secured a knowledgeable contractor to do major repairs.

    We have started planning for 2018 in terms of programs offered to the public. We offered guide training and secured another docent.

    The president and vice-president are planning on introducing an idea for a substantial funding source to the board.

    We have not completed the major work needed for the outside of the house.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Southeast Virginia, especially Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Norfolk.

Funding Needs

Operational: House maintenance, climate control, security, utilities = 7000 Programs: 1100 Fundraising, newsletter and advertising: 1100 Insurance:2000 Web Hosting: 100

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Princess Anne County/Virgina Beach Historical Society

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President

Barbara Henley

Vice-President

Lillie Gilbert

BIO

Mrs. Henley runs a small business in Virginia Beach and is currently a city council member. She coordinated and authored a book, Glimpses of Down County History: Southern Virginia Beach. A long-standing member of the Historical Society , Mrs. Henley served as president for several years before accepting this new term after the retirement of John Baillio in 2016.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"We welcome new and returning members and accept donations to our programming, general and building funds. We represent a small non-profit with BIG Challenge of maintaining a 1759-1761 manor house, complete with period furnishings. We have sponsored events for Native Americans, 18th Century fairs, reenactments of the signing of the Constitution, archaeology projects on the grounds, garden parties, oyster roasts, and sponsored at least 3 public talks every year, sometimes offering many more. We welcome any and all people ."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Barbara Henley

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