We are an independent 501(c)(3) organization and receive no on-going funding from any government agency to support our programs and projects. We rely on your generous support, our benefactors and friends, who believe in our vision and mission, and share our values. Your support makes it all possible. Join us to help us collect, preserve, and interpret the history of our community. If you would like to discuss a major gift, legacy gift, or bequest, please email: [email protected]. Thank you!
Our vision is to reimagine and reinvent the role of the historical society in the twenty-first century: to be a strong civic organization that embraces, in all that we do, the diversity of our community’s history and experience, and promotes a greater understanding of our past, to enlighten the present and foster an inclusive history for future generations.
History is not the past; it is the story we tell about the past. Every person in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville has a unique and powerful story to tell. Through collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of our community, we are committed to informing, inspiring, and bringing together all people, creating opportunities for new relationships and new understandings.
Our work is grounded in a belief in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect people, communities, and cultures. We value discovery, creativity, integrity, and diversity. We believe in the potential for history to enrich our lives and to create stronger relationships and more vibrant communities. We approach our work with integrity and transparency.