TowneBank Gives $250,000 for American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
August 30, 2013
Reported by: Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
As fundraising and development of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown continues, TowneBank has committed $250,000 toward exhibition galleries, education and outdoor living history at the planned museum.
“TowneBank’s generous contribution comes at a crucial time,” said Philip Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, in a news release. “With construction under way, private funds are helping acquire artifacts for the new galleries, produce films that convey the depth and breadth of the Revolution, utilize recent archaeological and historical research to expand the encampment and farm, and develop school- and Web- based education programs.”
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is planned to include an 80,000 square-foot museum as well as an outdoor living-history area and is planned for completion in 2016.
“A public-private partnership is moving the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown forward,” said Sue Gerdelman, president of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. — the arm responsible for fundraising to support JYF programming — said in the release. “Private individuals, foundations and corporate partners such as TowneBank help ensure that the galleries, outdoor exhibits and educational programs of the new museum become a reality for students, teachers and visitors.”
A portion of TowneBank’s donation has been allocated toward JYF, Inc.’s Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is used toward educational programming at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, as well as artifact acquisition.
“As a community bank, it is our pleasure to support valuable programs and initiatives like the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown,” said G. Robert Aston, TowneBank Chairman and CEO, in the release. “It’s an impressive undertaking, and when complete, this indoor and outdoor living-history museum will contribute greatly to the educational enrichment of locals and tourists alike.”