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					         Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
               Established 1981                     www.chesterfieldhistory.com

February 15, 2010

                        History is an obligation we have to the future….

Chesterfield County Budget Cuts for FY 2011 include the elimination of all five (5) staff
positions in the History Section of the Dept. of Parks & Recreation. These cuts will effectively
close the doors at Magnolia Grange, Castlewood and the Museum as well as terminate all
history educational outreach programs for Chesterfield County youth.

Advocacy Statement:

The Board of Directors of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) presented a
proposal to the Dept. of Parks & Recreation on February 9, 2010 which includes an offer to
subsidize 41% of the salaries of the part-time staff at each of the three historic sites for FY 2011
and for FY 2012. The CHSV Board requests that the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
revisit the proposed FY 2011 budget to fund the balance of the salaries for these essential on-site
staff members.

Who we are:
  • The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) was established in 1981.
  • CHSV is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
  • CHSV current membership is 615.

What we do:
  • Collect, preserve, interpret and promote Chesterfield County’s unique past for the
      education of present and future generations.

Where we operate:
  • Castlewood – Head Office & Research Library. Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. 10201 Iron
      Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832, (804) 796-7121

    •   Magnolia Grange – Federal-era House Museum & CHSV Gift Shop. Hours: Tue-Fri
        10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm. 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832, (804)796-

    •   Museum – Exhibits on 400 years of Chesterfield County history. Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-
        4pm, Sat 10am-2pm. 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832. (804)768-7311

    •   Old Jail – (Currently closed for restoration). 6819 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832

          P. O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832 Phone: (804)796-7121 Fax: (804)777-9643
                                  501(c)(3) Federal ID #54-1180761

How we operate:
  • 15-Member volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Volunteer Committees: African-American History, Archeology, Bateau, Cemetery,
      Collections, Events, Finance, Genealogy, Gift Shop, Library, Military History,
  • Annual Events Program: Winter Lecture Series (Jan-March), Celebrate Chesterfield
      Lecture Series (April-November), Member Quarterly Meetings, Magnolia Grange Teas
      (Valentine’s Tea, St. Patrick’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, Independence Day, In The Summer
      Time, Labor Day, Falling Leaves, Halloween), Black History Month, Falling Creek
      Ironworks Day, Antiques Evaluation ‘Roadshow’, World War II VE-Day 65th
      Anniversary Exhibit & Lecture Program, Confederate History & Heritage Month, Ettrick
      Celtic Festival, Plantation Day at Magnolia Grange, ‘Diggin’ in History’ Children’s
      Archeology Camp, Eppington Heritage Day, Annual Golf Classic, Halloween Lantern
      Tours, Veterans Day Ceremony, Museums of Richmond Shopper’s Fair, Christmas
      Through The Ages Open House.
  • 2009 Events Attendance: 2,914
  • 2009 Volunteer Hours: 8,320

Dept. of Parks & Recreation Support:
   • 2 Full-time staff: Historic Sites Manager & Historic Sites Specialist.
   • 3 Part-time staff: Administrative Assistant (Castlewood), Site Specialists (Magnolia
        Grange & Museum).
   • Programs: Exhibit Planning & Coordination, Midlothian Mines Park Tours, Eppington
        Tours & Eppington Heritage Day, Falling Creek Ironworks Day, Historic 1917
        Courthouse Complex Tours, Homeschool History Adventures Program, Educational
        Outreach Programs (SOL), History/Cultural Heritage Scout Programs, Diggin’ in History
        Children’s Archeology Camp, Celebrate Chesterfield Lecture Series (April-November).
   • 2009 Program/Exhibit Attendance: 4,508

Heritage Tourism – Economic Impact*
   • 2006 Annual Visitors to Richmond Region – 5.7 million
   • 2006 Total Visitor Spending - $1.84 billion
   • 2008 Chesterfield County Travel Expenditures - $369,212,820
   • 2008 Chesterfield Local Tax Receipts - $8,597,853
   • 2008 Chesterfield Lodging Excise Tax Collected - $4,468,629

Heritage Tourism – Upcoming National Events in Chesterfield County
   • 2011 Citie of Henricus (Henricus Historical Park) 400th Anniversary: After Jamestown,
       Henricus is the second oldest successful English settlement in North America.
   • 2011-2015 Sesquicentennial (150th) Commemoration of the Civil War: Battle of Drewry’s
       Bluff/Ft. Darling (1862) in Chesterfield County stopped the Union advance on
       Richmond, thereby prolonging the war for another three years; and, the county’s
       Bermuda Hundred Campaign (1864-1865) is the only Civil War campaign fought entirely
       within the borders of one county. There are 26 Civil War sites in Chesterfield County.

Chesterfield County has NO Visitor/Welcome Center; the Museum, together with historic
Magnolia Grange and Castlewood can fill this void with the assistance of part-time staff.

    Source: Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Buro, VA Tourism Corporation.

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