Todd Talk (April 2016)

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

As the seasons changed and snow gave way to pollen as Mother Nature’s preferred ground cover, the landscapers at HSL have been busy maintaining the ancient cemeteries and preparing for Annual Historic Garden Week April 23rd through 30th, 2016, the education team continues our 2016 Educational Programming Series and Events, and marketing keeps sharing who we are throughout Hampton Roads.

Join us Saturday, April 30th, 2016 – Volunteer Orientation Day between 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. to learn of how you may join our team!  A volunteer may help with archival research and preservation, collections maintenance, eNewsletter creation, history article guest blogger, tour guide & museum interpreter, educational and private event assistance, gardening, community relations, marketing, historical reenactments, and even volunteer coordination.

What Does HSL mean to you?

Our museum interpreter Rachel Popp is taking your stories and memories about your experiences at Virginia’s Oldest Church so we may share with our followers through social media and maintain a collection for our future use.  We certainly don’t want to lose our history before it’s too late!  At the same time we are collecting your thoughts about the great and not so great perceptions about HSL.  What are we doing great and what could we improve on?  Your thoughts and input are very valuable to us.  We hope to hear from you soon.  Be sure to direct your comments to Rachel Popp at rpopp@historicstlukes.org.  Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE: Be sure and attend Saturday, May 14th, 2016 Restoration Day at HSL.  The day’s events will commemorate the completion of the 1957 church building restoration.  Children’s activities, a brick-making demonstration, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony showcasing the recently-completed Grounds Restoration Project are planned for the day.  Stay tuned for more information including the day’s schedule on our Facebook page and our official web site.

Education Program Events

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Courtesy of Historic Jamestowne

Register today to attend.  Seating is limited!  Click-on the titles of each event to learn more information.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 – The Early African American Religious Symposium with Drs. Cassandra Newby-Alexander and Kay Wright Lewis from Norfolk State University between 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 – Religious Establishment & Dissent Inside James Fort with Mark Summers from Historic Jamestowne between 1 & 2 p.m.

Development Department

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Jennifer VanHoorebeck, Development Coordinator

We have two, new team members in our development department:  Jennifer VanHoorebeck, Development Coordinator, and Kristen Marchant, Assistant Development Coordinator.

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Kristen Marchant, Assistant Development Coordinator

Both ladies live locally and are involved in many other non-profits including our community’s beloved Smithfield Little Theatre.  You will be hearing more from these two in the near future from email and social media messages to mailed letters and phone calls.  Their efforts will be to strengthen our relations with our previous and current donors and members.  From all of us, we wish to thank you for your continued valuation and support of Virginia’s Oldest Church!  If you have an inquiry for Jennifer of Kristen they can be reached at jvanhoorebeck@historicstlukes.org and kmarchant@historicstlukes.org, respectively.

Donations

Please share in our appreciation of our latest contributors to the Historic St. Luke’s Annual Fund.  With their generous contributions we are able to

Ms. Charlotte Kerr

Mr. Thomas Goodrich

Ms. Anette Claflin

Colonel John Dashiell

Mr. Bill Hodsden

Mr. Lawrence Pitt

Members

Lastly but not least we wish to welcome either new or renewing members to our community.  Thank you for your support and hope you take advantage of your valuable membership benefits:

Mr. James Blesse

Ms. Charlotte Kerr

Mr. Arthur Latimer, III

Mr. Bob Wiatt, Jr.

Mr. W. Franck Judkins

Ms. Barbara Groves

Mr. Bill Carrell, II

Mr. Dale Baugh

We have a lot in store for May so stay tuned for more announcements and great events!

Sincerely,

Todd