Development Blog (May 2016)

St. Lukes Church-008306-1lightenThe Development Department at Historic St. Luke’s has never been busier! With Restoration Day Saturday, May 14th 2016 we are finalizing the details for our special donors and members event (at the Friend or Patron levels) as a special way of saying thank you for supporting our site.

We are also reaching out to supporters whose memberships are up for renewal, reminding these patrons about the value of membership, which includes free admission for a year, a discount in our gift shop (have you SEEN all the cute new items?), and free access to these special events:

  • Restoration Day on May 14, a celebration of our 1957 building restoration with tours, artifacts from our vault, and educational activities including brick making.
  • Civil War Living History Weekend on May 21-22, with special presentations and demonstrations, Civil War reenactors, and an evening period dance.
  • A Celebration of Joseph Bridger: A 1680’s Living History Weekend on September 10-11, with a talk by Dr. Doug Owsley from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, 17th-century reenactors, and a 17th-century Anglican Service.
Jennifer Kohms, Development Coordinator

Jennifer Kohms, Development Coordinator

And, as always, we are seeking volunteers to join us in preserving and protecting this national historic site, as well as educating others about its value and significance. There are many volunteer opportunities available, just a few of which are gardening, archiving, special events, and hospitality.

Finally, we are still seeking donations – and corporate sponsorships – to reach our Annual Fund goal before June 30. This fund provides educational lectures, special events, and artifact preservation as well as the more practical costs of simply maintaining a 17th century building and staffing our site. Please consider donating to Historic St. Luke’s, and join the thousands of supporters who have cared for the Old Brick Church over the centuries.

For more information on membership, volunteering, and donating, please call Jennifer Kohms or Kristen Marchant at (757) 357-3367, email us at, or go online at