(Roanoke, VA) - The History Museum of Western Virginiais pleased to announce the final phase of our Capital Campaign: Crossroadsof History! To celebrate this momentous occasionand prepare for relocation in June, the History Museum will be FREE to thepublic from May 3 - May 29, 2011. Take the opportunity to check out the"old museum" one last time before we relocate to Hotel Shenandoah onCampbell Avenue (the former Twists & Turns location downtown) inpreparation for renovations at Center in the Square. The History Museum will reopen in August atHotel Shenandoah with a new exhibit, "Hometown Stars". Upon completion of renovations in 2013, the HistoryMuseum will return to the third floor of Center in the Square.
When Center in the Squareopened in 1983 in a renovated 1914 warehouse (the McGuire Building) in the oldcity market, the History Museum became one of five nonprofit "anchor tenants"of this revitalization project. Commencing in 2007 the Historical Society ofWestern Virginia began a capital campaign to renovate the History Museum withthe goal of increasing accessibility to collections and exhibitions in order tobetter fulfill the Museum's education mission and reconnect with new audiencesin a more meaningful way. To date, we have raised $1.2 million and renovatedthe Museum's research facility (Watts Library), education workshop (Barbara andE. Wilson Watts Education Gallery), and administrative areas. Additionally, wehave created the Virtual Museum, an online research resource available throughthe world-wide web.
We are now seeking anadditional $1.5 million to renovate the exhibition galleries in the HistoryMuseum and upgrade our collections and archival storage areas. A new continuingexhibition will incorporate the best in interpretive and technical standardswhile revealing 10,000 years of our region's cultural heritage throughartifacts that span the whole human experience from prehistoric times to thepresent day. Modified collections storage will allow the History Museum tobetter house and care for its collections; our organization is a repository for the material culture southwestern Virginia and we are entrusted with the careof the region's memory in perpetuity.
The first three phases of our campaign have been completedand paid for and remaining unexpended funds have been transferred to the fourthand final phase of the campaign. In 2011, during our silent campaign, we haveraised a significant amount of new campaign pledges - including a $50,000 giftfrom an anonymous donor to pay for the CrossroadsCentral Timeline Exhibit. We invite you to make a gift to our campaigntoday and help be a part of history!
About the History Museum of Western Virginia
The History Museum ofWestern Virginia is the oldest museum within the Historical Society of WesternVirginia's operations. The collections of the History Museum include "ACrossroads of History," which interpret southwestern Virginia's heritagethrough artifacts that span the whole of peoples' known experience throughoutthe region. A full schedule of rotating exhibits and programs allows the Museumto focus on a variety of people, industries and events that have influenced thedevelopment of western Virginia. Find us on Facebook!
TheHistory Museum of Western Virginia is located at
Center in theSquare, One Market Square, Third Floor, Roanoke VA 24011.
Hours:Tuesday - Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1-5pm