POLICY & ACCOUNTABILITY

ABOUT THIS PHOTO

Charlottesville’s first trolley line opened on Main Street downtown on June 14, 1887. Electric streetcars replaced the original mule-drawn trolleys beginning in 1893, and the tracks were steadily extended into the growing suburbs of Belmont, Fry’s Spring, and Preston Heights. By 1912 the electric streetcar line reached the UVA Corner and the Rotunda, despite opposition on the part of students, who had argued that the five-cent rides were not a modern convenience but a “tourist gimmick” that would bring unwelcome locals into the University neighborhood. In 1914, shortly after Rugby Road was paved for the first time, the streetcar went all the way up to what is now Beta Bridge. That made it much easier to get out to UVA football and baseball games at Lambeth Field, which had opened in 1902 and unveiled its new concrete bleachers and colonnade in 1913. This 1930 photo shows popular streetcar conductor Bayard Maupin near the C&O Station downtown. Charlottesville’s streetcars were replaced by buses in 1935. (photo courtesy of the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia).

Our Commitment to Best Practices

In all we do, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is committed to adhering with best practices for non-profit board governance, transparency, and accountability. We work closely with and are proud to be a member organization of the Charlottesville Center for Nonprofit Excellence. CNE has provided invaluable counsel to our Board of Directors and Staff Members. This page provides full public access to important policy documents and financial statements and will be updated regularly.

Policy Statements

A COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION July 2020

“We, the Board of Directors of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, are resolutely committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe the Society has an ethical and moral obligation to examine the history of all people, including those who have previously been socially, politically, and economically excluded. Our work is grounded on a belief in the worth and dignity of every human being.”

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STATEMENT ON MONUMENTS AND RACIAL EQUALITY – September 2020

“The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society exists to research, explore, and discuss issues of historical concern and relevance. We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We value discovery, integrity, and diversity in the writing and telling of history. We know that our history—local, regional, and national—impacts the present, shaping our institutions and defining who we are as a people. At times, history confronts our ideals and challenges our assumptions about the core values of our nation.”

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST May 2020

“The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect this tax-exempt Corporation’s (Corporation) interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Corporation or might result in a possible excess beneficial transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable Corporations.”

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PRIVACY POLICY – June 2020

“As a matter of doing business, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society collects the names of individuals and related contact information (such as email addresses) for those who voluntarily register as members of the Historical Society, for our Personal Enrichment Classes, etc. We also collect names and contact information from those individuals and organizations who donate funds to support our work; from individuals who donate historic items to our Museum Collection; and from individuals who voluntarily sign-up to receive communication from us. We may use this contact information for specific, limited purposes (such as emailed news and updates). You may always “opt out,” either now or at any time in the future if you do not wish to receive communications from us. And you may choose to edit, verify, or change your contact information with us at any time.”

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CODE OF ETHICS– June 2020

“This policy was ratified and approved by the Board of Directors of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society at their regular meeting on October 17, 2018 and updated for clarity in June 2020. A code of ethics must be broad enough to permit interpretation and flexible enough to evolve or change as the structure of the Society changes over time.”

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SOCIAL MEDIA – November 2020

“The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society recognizes the importance of the Internet in all we do, especially in shaping public thinking about our organization and our current and potential work. We are committed to supporting honest, transparent, professional, and knowledgeable dialogue on the Internet through social media. This policy statement is intended to outline how our values should be demonstrated in online social media. These guidelines should inform the online actions of our staff, our Board members, and anyone who acts on our behalf.”

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POLICY REGARDING DOCUMENT RETENTION AND DESTRUCTION – September 2020

“Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Inc. (ACHS) is committed to maintaining records that are required by law; provide administrative, legal, and historical value; and minimize business risk for ACHS. ACHS is committed to the destruction of records in an appropriate manner ensuring the confidentiality of information. The purpose of this policy is to achieve a complete and accurate accounting of all relevant records within the organization; to establish the conditions and time periods for which paper based and electronic information and records will be stored, retained, and destroyed after they are no longer active for business purposes; and to ensure appropriate availability of inactive records.”

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THE BYLAWS OF THE ALBEMARLE CHARLOTTESVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – January 2020

“Purpose. The Society is organized for the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation: This corporation is formed for the purpose of studying and preserving the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, and surrounding jurisdictions in Central Virginia. The corporation shall, without limitation, collect and preserve manuscript and printed materials and other physical remains pertaining to the history of this area. The corporation may exhibit such material in its own or other museums or elsewhere and may maintain and operate one or more museums for housing and displaying historical materials. It may present historical programs, lectures, exhibitions, and other related activities, as well as publish an historical magazine and other papers on historical subjects.”

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Financials

501(c)(3) STATUS

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FORM 990

A copy of our most recent 990 will be posted here soon.

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ARTICLES OF RESTATEMENT OF ALBEMARLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. – October 2018

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VIRGINIA RETAIL SALES AND USE TAX CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION – July 2020

 

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At the Historic Public Library
On Market Street Park in Downtown Charlottesville
200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Monday-Friday (8am-Noon) By Appointment
Phone: 434-296-1492
Email: [email protected]