26 July 2007

Chaplain's Museum

Yesterday, I had my first official meeting as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum located in Lynchburg, Virginia (See previous post here). The purpose of the meeting was to review progress to date, discuss the fund raising plan, and brainstorm about promotion.

Work will begin soon on the website design, a promotional DVD, and a major fund raising push. More on that in the coming weeks and months. The museum is currently located in the DeMoss Center on the campus of Liberty University (Pictured here). This is a beautiful $25 million, 500,000 sq. foot academic center and is home to state-of-the-art classrooms, the Campus Library and Computer Labs, Liberty's main bookstore, and cafe and lounge areas. Located in the center of campus, it is the largest academic facility in Central Virginia.

The museum currently occupies a small room in the center but plans are in the works to move to larger accommodations at DeMoss in the near future. We have already received a large number of books, artifacts, and documents related to the work of Chaplains during the War Between the States. We would welcome donations or loans of relevant items. A gift shop is also planned in the near future. The Museum is open now for the public but visitors should call first as it is currently staffed by volunteers on an availability basis.

A modern, interactive, state of the art facility is our goal and we have made tremendous progress thus far with just volunteer help. Inquiries may be directed to me or Mr. Kenny Rowlette:

The National Civil War Chaplains Research
Center and Museum Foundation
PO Box 11182
Lynchburg, VA 24506

"The mission of the National Civil War Chaplains Research Center and Museum is to educate the public about the role of chaplains and religious organizations in the Civil War; to promote the continuing study of the many methods of dissemination of religious doctrine and moral teachings during the War; to preserve religious artifacts; and to present interpretive programs that show the influence of religion on the lives of political and military personnel."

1 comment:

Michael Aubrecht said...

I cannot wait Richard! This museum is going to be an amazing place for sure. Thanks for the update.