Private donation to American Revolution Museum exceeds $900k

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Wooden-musket drill on the event lawn adjacent to the museum building. (Courtesy JYF)
Wooden-musket drill on the event lawn adjacent to the museum building. (Courtesy JYF)

The American Revolution Museum in Yorktown opens next month and one private donor has given more than $900,000 toward the museum.

Dominion Resources, headquartered in Richmond, is the largest private donor to date in the museum’s campaign for support, according to a news release from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will debut its permanent exhibition galleries and screen an introductory film on Oct. 15 and 16, the release stated.

“The new museum will be a leading center of education and tourism in Virginia,” Philip G. Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement said in the release.  “We are grateful for Dominion Resources’ commitment to our educational mission and its investment in this project.”

Dominion Resources’ gift, made through the Dominion Foundation, will provide significant funding in support galleries, including acquisition of artifacts and production of interactive exhibits and films, the release stated.

The Commonwealth of Virginia will fund the planning, building and exhibit construction, and renovations to the site, including living-history areas. Private donations will fund certain elements of the gallery, as well as outdoor exhibits and educational resources. As of June 30, more than $12 million has been raised toward the campaign’s $15 million goal, the release stated.

For more information about the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and its campaign for support, visit www.historyisfun.org or call (757) 253-4139.

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