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Thank You for Your Support

December 19, 2018


As 2018 comes to an end, all of us at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation wish to thank you, our remarkably generous donors, for your unwavering commitment to this national treasure and our mission.

Because of your philanthropic support, we have been able to accomplish so many things this year, including:

  • Completing the certification of all historic interpreters with the National Association of Interpretation standards and certifying all of our coach and carriage drivers with the Carriage Association of America.
  • Graduating a record number of donor-supported teachers from the Teacher Institute, representing 40 U.S. states and Canada.
  • Completing 18 building interior preservation projects, painting and repairing 74 Historic Area building exteriors and completing nine major masonry conservation projects.
  • Remaining on-budget and on-schedule for the completion of construction of Colonial Williamsburg’s donor-funded, $41.7 million expansion and renovation of the Art Museums, with new spaces opening next fall and an anticipated Grand Opening in April 2020.
  • Debuting the Historic Area’s cutting-edge program “Resolved, An American Experiment.”
  • Opening three new gift-funded exhibitions at the Art Museums: “Upholstery CSI: Reading the Evidence,” “Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade” and “Folk Art Underfoot: American Hooked Rugs.”
  • Continuing our military outreach efforts, with visitation to the Liberty Lounge surpassing 150,000 guests.
  • Being named a Level One arboretum by ArbNet, a global arboretum accreditation program.
  • Adding grass verges along Duke of Gloucester Street between the Palace Green and the Capitol.
  • Refurbishing the Governor’s Palace formal gardens and Palace maze.
  • Securing donor matching of two challenge grants supporting the revitalization of the Governor’s Palace and Historic Area infrastructure.
  • Surpassing last year’s attendance at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg by nearly three percent.

We truly would not be where we are today without the support of friends like you. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for us as we work to feed the human spirit by sharing America’s enduring story.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and New Year.