Washington, D.C. - The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced today that the organization will be donating $10,000 to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for construction of a re-created quarters for enslaved people as part of the Revolution-era farm living-history area. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Williamsburg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The DAR's grant supports the "Outdoor Exhibits" funding priority of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is transforming the Yorktown Victory Center with a new presentation of the story of the American Revolution. Galleries and films will debut in October 2016, when the new museum name will be implemented. The museum's grand opening will take place in spring 2017 and will include the newly expanded living-history areas, the Continental Army encampment and the Revolution-era farm. A distinctive new feature of the farm will be the 12- by 10-foot building to represent quarters for enslaved people.
"The re-constructed enslaved people's quarters will help us bring to life an often overlooked aspect of the Revolutionary time period - the lives of African Americans, whose stories of labor, hardship and military sacrifice contributed significantly to the cultural and economic fabric of our nation," said Phil Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that is building the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization's mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.
The DAR receives hundreds of grants applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the non-profit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, and include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With 178,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org. For more about applying for a Special Projects Grant from DAR, visit www.dar.org/grants.
For more information about the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support, call (757) 253-4139 or visit www.historyisfun.org/donate. To learn more about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, call (757) 221-6686 or visit williamsburg.vadar.org.
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