2018 Capital Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Amelia Island Museum of History (AIMH)

announced a $400,000 Capital Campaign to completely renovate and update its
existing exhibit spaces.
The last update to our exhibit space was in 2000. We have come to understand that the
story of the 8 flags is incomplete in many ways. The re-imagining of our exhibit spaces
will make the Island’s story more compelling and more accessible to all ages and
learning styles. Artifacts and scenically created environments in each room, along with
the use of technology, will set up the story. Perhaps the greatest benefit of re-imagining
the treatment of our history is the ability to incorporate much more fully all historical
cultural groups, specifically African Americans and Hispanics, who contributed to who we
are today.
We have the content (over 5000 artifacts) and the plan (completed in November, 2016)
and now are ready to move forward with an exciting story that incorporates more
technology, creating a 21 st century experience that our over 25,000 yearly visitors expect.
To kick off the campaign the Museum has received a Challenge Grant of $50,000 from
the Delores Barr Weaver Fund through the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida:
“I am excited to help jumpstart the Museum’s plan to tell Amelia Island’s remarkable story
in a more compelling and accessible way,” noted Delores Barr Weaver. “I invite all those
who appreciate the Island’s rich history to join me in supporting the Museum as it pays
tribute to not only the many flags, but the many cultures—including African-Americans
and Hispanics—that have played a significant role in the region.”

 

About the Delores Barr Weaver Fund

Delores Barr Weaver established this fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast
Florida in 2012 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has
supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has
an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to
dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her
establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift
in The Community Foundation’s history.

About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Florida’s oldest and largest community
foundation, works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community. The Foundation
helps donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helps nonprofits serve the region
effectively, and helps people come together to make the community a better place. Now
in its 54 th year, the Foundation has assets of more than $385 million and has made nearly
$450 million in grants since 1964. For more information: www.jaxcf.org.

About the Amelia Island Museum of History

For over 40 years the Amelia Island Museum of History (AIMH) has been dedicated to
the life and culture in Nassau County through education and preservation of its local
history. This reinforces its Mission Statement, which is to “preserve, protect, and promote
the unique history of Amelia Island and its surrounding area for a diverse community of
residents, researchers, and visitors.” This is done through numerous programs:
+ 13 weekly docent-led tours of the Museum
+ 5 different walking or ‘step-on’ (for buses) tours for visitors to engage
them outside the Museum building
+ In-house student tours, led by docents, provided at no cost for all Nassau
County public school students.
+ Summer camp programs for both younger and older children, which
immerse them in hands-on understanding of history (Scholarships are
provided for students in need)
+ Additional summer camp for America’s Youth, provided at no cost to the
children or to America’s Youth
+ Recording of quickly disappearing oral histories through our ‘Veterans
History Project’ and ‘Heritage Keepers Project’
+ Monthly Brown Bag lunches and “Third Friday on Third Street” lectures
with invited speakers
+ Pub Crawls and Ghost Tours for residents and visitors who like a ‘kick’
with their history

For more information about this campaign and the Delores Barr Weaver Fund Challenge
Grant, call or email Phyllis Davis, 904-261-7378, x. 101 or phyllis@ameliamuseum.org.

 

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