Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American
Civil War Commission
June 18, 2007
The Executive Committee
met to discuss and consider expenditures of the commission's 2007 appropriation.
Several proposals were presented, including those from the Virginia Historical
Society, American Civil War Center at Tredegar, and Blue Ridge Public
Hickman, Senate Finance Committee
The General Assembly appropriated a total of $122,000 for 2007 and $2,769,400
for 2008. This amount reflects expenses for the Commission and the Advisory
Council. Mr. Hickman also explained that the General Assembly appropriated
$573,800 for 2007 and $273,800 for 2008 for non-state agencies for expenses
related to the Civil War.
Dr. Charles Bryan, Jr., President and CEO
Traveling museum exhibition- The exhibit area, consisting of a
total of 4000 square feet and two parts, would open at the VHS in Richmond
in 2011, and then travel during the next three years to Roanoke, Abingdon,
Lynchburg, Fredericksburg, Winchester, Manassas, and Hampton. The two
components consist of a) battlefront and b) homefront. The two components
of the exhibition will travel to each museum at different times.
The VHS and Library of Virginia will work together to develop a mobile
exhibition, featuring a few key artifacts and documents plus high-tech
maps and displays. The exhibition would travel by tractor trailer to every
county and city in Virginia throughout the commemoration period.
CIVIL WAR CENTER AT TREDEGAR
Alex Wise, President and CEO
Experiential film- An IMAX type of immersive, 360 degree film experience
that discusses the Civil War in Virginia from a character-driven point
of view. Instead of giving facts about battles and places, the viewer
would perceive the war from a particular character's point of view.
Leading into the theater would be an orientation exhibit area. One key
focus of this area would be on an interactive map that directs visitors
to the other Civil War attractions they can see in Virginia.
including adaptation of the film for schools- Portions of the film
would be available in DVD format for distribution to schools. Trailers
of the film could also be used for the Welcome Centers throughout the
Digital Program- This option would take 15 individuals from Virginia
who were part of the Civil War and allow school children to follow their
stories. The concept would be "Real people in real time."
RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION
Dr. James I. Robertson
Dr. Robertson proposed a joint venture with Blue Ridge Public Television
to create a three-hour DVD on Virginia and the Civil War. The DVD would
be produced for use in schools and would have nine 20-minute segments
on the legacy and the coming of war, military campaigns, the African-American
experience, the life of common soldiers, historic personalities, and the
home front. Dr. Robertson suggested producing 5,000 copies for to schools
The Executive Committee previously endorsed the traveling exhibition and
HistoryMobile and agreed to award $50,000 in planning funds to the Virginia
Historical Society for each of the exhibitions with specifications to
be available by November 2007. The members also agreed to establish funds
for the development of the commission website.
The chairman has
established the following three workgroups to focus on the work of the
commission and to provide oversight and monitoring. The workgroups will
meet as often as needed and will brief the commission on a regular basis.
- Location, event,
and information coordination.
- Local sesquicentennial
- Liaison with
sesquicentennial commissions in other states.
- National sesquicentennial
planning and events.
- Welcome Center
information, kiosks, and orientation film.
AND ACTIVITIES WORKGROUP
- Unifying themes,
stories, and goals for the events.
events, including lectures, symposia, films, and battlefield tours.
- VHS traveling
- Public relations.
- Students, teachers,
administration, and PTA involvement.
- Higher education
- Public library
- Teacher institutes.
- SOL, curriculum,
and teacher resources.
- Law school symposia.
- Document preservation
A meeting of Workgroup
#2, Signature Events and Activities, of the Virginia Sesquicentennial
of the American Civil War Commission will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
August 1, 2007, in the 6th Floor Speaker's Conference Room of the General
Assembly Building in Richmond.
The Hon. William
Hudaidah Bhimdi, DLS Staff
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