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116th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc.

Staunton, VA

Amount Requested: $1,500

Mission & Primary Activities: The vision of the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc. (116th IRF) is for everyone to know and understand the history, heritage and legacy of America’s Citizen Soldiers. The 116th IRF realizes its vision by providing a museum and archives for exhibits and artifacts of historic significance from the 116th Infantry Regiment, conducting education programs, sponsoring fund raising activities, and supporting an annual conference and reunion for members of the regiment and their guests.

Constituents Served: Located in Verona, the 116th IRF is a regional as well as national American history resource. The museum is open to the general public, and the archive is available for the regiment members and by appointment for researchers. The digitation of the documents and photographs will increase access to the collection with the creation of an e-library. Visitation has grown from 864 in 2014 to 1,180 in 2016.

Program Details: Through educational and community outreach activities, the 116th IRF strives to bring the past to life. We want visitors, students, and educators to move beyond the one-dimensional photographs in text in order to develop a physical connection to community history. We anticipate the following outcomes in 2017:

  • Serve as an active participant in the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission and develop collaborations with other local historic venues.
  • Increase annual museum attendance threefold.
  • Fifty teachers will participate in the educator workshops to be held in the summer of 2017 and 2018. Seventy percent of the educators will report satisfaction with the workshops and will indicate they developed techniques they can employ in their classroom activities.
  • Sixty percent of the museum visitors and symposium attendees will report an increased understanding of and appreciation for the citizen soldier as measured by a participant survey.

Our long-term goal is to convey to Shenandoah Valley residents that they are intimately & permanently connected to the American Revolution, Civil War, WWI and WWII and many other historically significant local, national and world events through the sacrifices of their neighbors and communities. This highlights the impact that can be made beyond our communities with local service to others.

This year’s activities include:

  • Install the WWI Centennial Exhibit,
  • Implement our strategic plan
  • Increase marketing efforts to include social media, the internet, associations, local magazines, and rack cards across the region.
  • Host an educator’s workshop in the summer 2017.

Operating Budget: $72,500

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