WORLD-CLASS ART, LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARY,
AND PREEMINENT ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS
IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY
The Center for History and Art will house the only climate-controlled, high-security, Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts affiliated galleries between Roanoke and Manassas. These state-of-the-art
facilities will enable the Staunton-Augusta Art Center to host world-class traveling museum
exhibits of art and history.
Climate-controlled archival facilities will provide appropriate storage for the Augusta County
Historical Society's rich collection of local history manuscripts and photographs as well as
Historic Staunton Foundation's collection of 19th & 20th century architectural drawings by T.J.
Collins and Son, one of the premier collections of its kind in the country. A conservation lab for
specialized treatment of these collections will ensure their survival into the centuries to come.
On-site research facilities will allow visitors to make use of the materials that are currently
inaccessible to the public. The Local and Family History Library is a strong collection of
photographs, ledgers, journals, letters, and family history materials that will be used by both local
researchers and visitors. The Preservation Resource Center will be devoted to education,
advocacy, and technical support for architectural preservation. It will ensure easy access to
information and contacts for projects designed to reuse our architectural resources.
Shared classroom space for teaching children and adults drawing, painting, photography, pottery,
and other media will expand the range of educational services the Art Center can provide. These
classrooms will enable Historic Staunton and the Historical Society to offer classes on
preservation and genealogy. Offices for each of the three organizations, shared conference
rooms, catering kitchen, lecture hall/exhibit gallery, and gift shop complete the Center for History
and Art. These facilities, approximately 25,000 square feet of combined space, will allow all three
organizations to serve our community better.
HISTORY AND ART ARE GOOD BUSINESS
The economic impact of this project cannot be overestimated. Visitors will travel to the Center for
History and Art from near and far for exhibits and programs and to use the research facilities. In
1997, a record 225 million people visited our nation's museums.* This means that museums have
actually eclipsed theme parks in popularity. Cultural tourism has become the fastest-growing
market opportunity for tourism bureaus in the U.S.; non-profit arts organizations alone generate
$36 billion in expenditures annually. Research indicates that cultural tourists stay longer and
spend more than other tourists.
In America today, genealogy is the third-largest hobby. The Historical Society's library will draw
thousands of visitors seeking their roots. Economic studies have proven consistently that historic
preservation visitors** stay longer, visit twice as many places and spend, on average, 2.5 times
more money than do other visitors. Furthermore, nearly 75 percent of first-time visitors and over a
third of all visitors to Virginia are heritage tourism visitors. These visitors represent a significant
portion of the over $9 billion spent by travelers to Virginia annually. Highly successful similar
efforts in Roanoke (Center in the Square) and Manassas (The Manassas History Museum) have
drawn large numbers of visitors who have had a substantial impact on the local economies and
downtown renewal efforts.
*American Association of Museums Statistics
**Preservation Alliance of Virginia 1996 statistics
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ANY ONE OF THE THREE ALLIANCE
ORGANIZATIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS.
Augusta County Historical Society
18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
Mailing address: P.O. Box 686 Staunton, VA 24402
Phone: (540) 248-4151
Office Hours: M, W, F 9-12 PM
Historic Staunton Foundation
120 South Augusta Street
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-7676
Fax: (540) 885-5976
Office Hours: M-F 9-5 pm
Staunton Augusta Art Center
One Gypsy Hill Park
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-2028
Fax: (540) 885-6000
Office Hours: M-F 9-5pm and Sat 10-2 pm
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Investing in your community's heritage is easy. All gifts are tax-deductible. Pledges may be spread over a five-year-period from 2000 to 2004. Donors who make gifts in the range from $500 to $2,999 may elect to buy a memorial brick, donations from $3,000 to $9,999 will be recognized on a special plaque, and rooms are available to name in honor or memory of loved ones.