Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American
Civil War Commission
September 9, 2008
Managing Director, Out of Bounds LLC
Schultz reported her recommendations and proposed budget for the HistoryMobile.
The interactive exhibit would be housed within a tractor-trailer and educate
attendees about the American Civil War, its influence on history, and
the people involved with the war. The exhibit would be taken to schools
and other public venues as well as high-traffic events and provide the
foundation for a public relations campaign. The Virginia Historical Society
is creating a museum exhibit that will be unveiled in 2011 and will include
a number of elements that can be utilized in the proposed mobile exhibit.
Ms. Schultz provided
projected costs associated with operating tours of varying lengths. The
costs did not include design and fabrication expenses. She recommended
using a single expandable trailer rather than a double expandable trailer
due to challenges that she encountered with other mobile museums. Delegate
Lingamfelter expressed concerns about ensuring sufficient space for the
mobile exhibit without size limitations. The Commission also noted the
importance of balancing where the HistoryMobile travels in order to reach
the maximum number of people in as many localities as possible. Speaker
Howell suggested creating an ad hoc subcommittee for members to express
input on the content of the mobile exhibit.
A motion extended
the Commission's working relationship with Out of Bounds, LLC until January
2009 with a comparable rate as the previous agreement. In January 2009,
Lisa Schultz will report back to the Commission.
G. Treadway, Advisory Council
Treadway reported that the Advisory Council met on June 24, 2008, to receive
an update on the Commission and to discuss several questions posed by
the Commission. Dr. Treadway said the Advisory Council felt the Commission
members were on the right track, commended them on their efforts, and
offered additional suggestions to the Commission in the report.
Robertson informed the Commission that filming is on schedule for the
DVD and a preview will be shown at the next Commission meeting. The production
features the Salem High School band in the opening of the DVD. Speaker
Howell requested that Dr. Robertson provide an outline of the DVD to Cheryl
Kelly briefed the Commission on the progress of the Museum Exhibition.
The exhibit will have many interactive components and focus on several
key areas of the Civil War relating to the Commission's goals. Many of
the components developed for the exhibit can also be tailored for use
in the HistoryMobile.
outlined the strategic marketing plan for the sesquicentennial, which
focuses on a universal message and promotes tourism to Virginia. Mr. Lewis
continues to stay in contact with multiple media outlets to keep the plans
on the Commission on their radar.
Watkins discussed pending grant proposals, recent awards, and the deadlines
of upcoming applications.
CWC Executive Committee Meeting
September 15, 2008
Speaker Howell introduced
Dr. Paul A. Levengood who will succeed Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr., at the
Virginia Historical Society in November.
Virginia Tourism Corporation
briefed the committee on the application procedure and administration
of the micro-grant program. The micro-grant program is a 1:1 matching
grant for tourism promotion efforts and expenses related to the sesquicentennial.
The Commission will have a role in scoring applicants and determining
Virginia Historical Society
Dr. Bryan discussed
a possible venue change for the museum exhibition due to the Fredericksburg
Area Museum not meeting certain conditions set forth by the Virginia Historical
Society. A motion unanimously approved by the Executive Committee concurred
with the recommendation to change the exhibit venue and the letter that
will be sent to the Fredericksburg Area Museum.
Dr. Bryan proposed taking the exhibit to the Museum of the Confederacy
in Appomattox. The museum is currently being constructed and will be required
to meet certain conditions.
Workgroup 1 (Coordination)
will meet October 15, 2008. Other meeting dates will be posted on the
Commission websites and the General Assembly calendar as soon as information
The Hon. William
Brenda Edwards, Danielle Watkins, DLS Staff
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