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June Day of Giving: The Reasons for Your Donations

Help us wrap up our fiscal year on June 26th, Preservation Virginia’s day of giving. Your gifts to the Annual Fund directly supports those who make education, advocacy and preservation in Virginia possible.

Hi, my name is Meika Downey and I have the pleasure of serving Preservation Virginia as Education Manager. In this role, I oversee and support all student and adult educational programs and initiatives across our five historic properties. In addition to developing student activities, curriculum and tours, I also conduct outreach in the community to build our relationships with schools and contribute to interpretive planning at our museums. This spring, I launched an Urban Slavery Walking Tour at the John Marshall House in Richmond (come check it out!), and have been preparing for teacher professional development workshops I will be hosting this summer. I consider education to be the bread and butter of public history institutions as it is at the heart of why we are here and what we do. Through our educational experiences at our five museum sites, we seek to instruct students through people-first narratives, inclusive storytelling, and skills utilization, which in turn becomes a meaningful and fun memory for our students. By supporting our educational initiatives you are also helping to create not only the next generation of historians and preservationists, but more importantly, lifelong learners and active citizens. Thank you for your interest and dedication to furthering Preservation Virginia’s educational mission. 



Hello, I’m Dr. Lisa Winn Bryan, the Community Outreach Manager for PVA.  It’s my responsibility to connect the community with all of the historic resources that Preservation Virginia has to offer. It’s my goal to serve as a resource to those who have questions or who need any assistance, particularly those in the African American and Native American communities. This summer, I will work with our African American Fellowship. Our second cohort has five outstanding researchers, and I will research ways to sustain this program in years to come. My initiatives work towards telling the fuller Virginia story. All of which fall under the Voices Remembered program, so stay tuned to learn more about it! Thank YOU for your support in these efforts. Because of your contributions, Voices Remembered continues to develop and grow.


Hey, my name is Eric Litchford, I am the Project Manager for Preservation Virginia. I ensure the architectural preservation of our museum sites as well as offer technical preservation assistance throughout the state. Right now, I am working through a comprehensive repair campaign at Bacon’s Castle and preparing for another at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. This type of work is crucial for the long-term stability of the buildings so they can continue to offer an understanding of the past. Thanks to your contributions, we are able to maintain and preserve places of memory across the state.  

Your gifts to the Annual Fund makes it possible for us to educate our communities, save historic sites from demolition, preserve our unique Virginia heritage, and champion economically sustainable adaptive reuse projects.

Support historic education in Virginia

Thanks to a generous privately funded gift, every donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, through June 26th at midnight. Any contribution you can make helps!

Contribute to preserving Commonwealth history. 

Interested in winding down and making a difference? Join us at Penny’s Wine Shop from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for a glass or bottle to share on June 26th. For one night only, this natural wine bar/restaurant in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood is graciously providing a kickback on select Virginia glasses or bottles enjoyed in-house. If you wish to stay for dinner, even better, and please make a dinner reservation in advance.

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