LYNCHBURG MUSEUM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES POINT OF HONOR EDUCATION CENTER PROJECT
Point of Honor has seen a dramatic increase in visitors in recent years in field trips for students, tourism and special events. Over 13,300 people visited in FY 2017, up from 9,200 in FY 2016. Events such as Day at the Point and the Easter Egg Hunt attract over 2,500 each. Educational programs now serve five full grade levels (nearly 4,000 students) of the Lynchburg City Schools, in addition to private and regional schools and home-schoolers. There is also increasing demand for meetings, weddings and community events that the current facilities cannot support. None of the three buildings on the property meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
To accommodate this growth, the Lynchburg Museum Foundation is funding the Point of Honor Education Center with a 1,700 sq. ft. addition to the Carriage House. The Education Center will add a large meeting space, catering kitchen and pantry and additional restrooms. A new elevator will connect the Gift Shop to the expanded second floor and an at-grade pathway will link the Center to parking on Norwood Street. With these enhancements, the Education Center and the Carriage House will be ADA compliant for the first time.
Foundation Board Chairman Charlotte Fischer noted, “The Board and Museum staff have been working on the concept for several years and have gotten approvals from involved groups including the City, the Garden Club of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. We are committed to adding the Education Center to better serve visitors to Point of Honor and especially to enhance the educational programs we provide to so many local and regional students.”
The cost estimate for the addition is approximately $750,000, which includes construction, site work, a new pathway and a contingency budget. With architectural fees, landscaping, and miscellaneous expenses, the Foundation is seeking to raise a minimum of $1 million. Any unused funds will be used to support Point of Honor.
Contributions may be sent to the Lynchburg Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 529, Lynchburg, VA 24505, or contact staff at (434) 455-6226 for more information. The Foundation supports the Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts to the project are tax deductible as prescribed by the IRS. If you would like to donate to the campaign online, please click here.
DESMOND T. DOSS COMMEMORATIVE MARKERS TO BE DEDICATED
On Monday, July 3, the Lynchburg community will honor World War II hero Desmond T. Doss with the dedication of two commemorative markers. Doss grew up in the Fairview Heights area of Lynchburg, and a commemorative marker will be installed and dedicated at the intersection of Mosby Street and Campbell Avenue. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. near Fairview Christian Church.
The second dedication ceremony will take place on Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg on the World War II landing. This ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Doss’s son, Desmond Doss, Jr., is expected to attend both ceremonies, and the public is cordially invited to attend.
The commemorative markers were made possible by the American Legion Post 16, the City of Lynchburg, Lynchburg Area Veterans Council, Lynchburg Historical Foundation, Lynchburg Museum Foundation, Lynchburg Museum System, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Chapter 1607, Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 196 and generous citizens of Central Virginia.
The name Desmond T. Doss has become somewhat of a household name since the release of the major motion picture, Hacksaw Ridge, was released in 2016. Doss was born in Lynchburg in 1919 and grew up in the Fairview Heights neighborhood. A Seventh Day Adventist and a pacifist, Doss was working at the Newport News Shipyard when WWII began. He was eligible for a deferment as a defense industry employee, but when drafted, he reported to the Lynchburg Armory for induction in April 1942. A conscientious objector, he became a medic. During boot camp at Fort Jackson, S.C., officers and soldiers alike mistreated him for his religious beliefs, such as celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday.
Doss served in combat on Guam and Leyte and was awarded two Bronze Stars for bravery while treating the wounded. With the 77th Infantry Division during the Battle of Maeda Escarpment (Hacksaw Ridge) on Okinawa, he saved more than 75 men on May 5, 1945, by lowering them down a cliff one by one under intense fire using a rope knot he devised. Doss was wounded several times during the night of May 21–22. Carried off the battlefield on a stretcher, he gave up his place to another wounded soldier. Doss received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman on October 12, 1945. He was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and the only conscientious objector of WWII so honored.
The Lynchburg Museum Foundation is now participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. If you would like to participate, your purchases will earn cash rewards that go to the Foundation at no cost to you. Please register your Kroger Plus Card with our NPO (Non-Profit Organization) number 90272. Just go the website below and enroll.
TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
• To register online, go to http://krogercommunityrewards.com/
• Have your Kroger Plus card handy and register with your organization after you sign up.
• Click on Sign In/Register.
• Most participants are new customers, so click SIGN UP TODAY in the New Customer box.
• Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards and input your Kroger card number after logging on
• Update or confirm your information.
• Enter NPO number 90272, and select organization from list and confirm.
• To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right.
• Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.
• Members must re-enroll in August of each year.
Lynchburg Museum & Point of Honor See Record Year!
The Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor finished fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) with the highest attendance ever since opening in the 1970s. Visitors came from all 50 states and 37 countries. A total of 21,755 people toured, attended events, or participated in outreach programs during the year. In fiscal year 2015, the total was 16,788.
Visitors to the Lynchburg Museum totaled 11,104 and Point of Honor had 6,225. Events at Point of Honor attracted 3,007 people in spite of the largest annual event, Day at the Point, being rained out last year. During the year, 77 school groups visited with a total of 4,298 students, and 104 other groups visited with 1,912 people. Outreach programs taken to senior and recreation centers, schools, and civic groups totaled 1,419.
The Lynchburg Museum System Foundation, the 501(c) (3) organization which provides financial and other support, also had a successful year taking in $65,331 from donations, membership, and other sources. The Foundation had a total of $30,970 revenue in fiscal year 2015.
Museum Director Doug Harvey noted, “There are a variety of factors that impact visitation—gas prices, weather, what exhibits are featured, marketing, and many others. This past year, we had several exhibits that drew good numbers including Experience the James and To Be Sold, the exhibit on slavery. The Museum waived admission fees beginning in 2015, and that is certainly part of the growth. Downtown Lynchburg continues to see more activity, and we hosted four full grades of City school students this year, so all of these factor in.” A complete annual report for the Lynchburg Museum System will be released this fall once final data is compiled.