Todd Talk (June 2016)

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

Wow!  Last month we had a great Restoration Day on Saturday, May 14th.  We hope you were able to make it out for the day’s events.  Next year in 2017 will be our 60th Anniversary of the 1957 completion of the church building restoration.  We hope to make the event even better!  Unfortunately due to poor weather we had to cancel our Civil War Living History weekend.  We had so much in store for that weekend we look forward to holding another Civil War Living History weekend in early-2017.  Stay tuned for more information.  On Saturday, June 4th we held another of our Symposium Series – the 17th and 18th-centuries of the British Atlantic presented by Dr. Amanda Herbert.  It was received with great enthusiasm by the highly-engaged audience.

Our grounds continue to blossom through all of the efforts of our landscape crew.  When you see them out and about, please thank them for all of the hard work they do every week to keep this 100-acre historic site gorgeous for all to enjoy.  They are weeding and seeding along with everything else they do.

June will also see some of our team working outside on the buildings and inside on the artifacts.  This is the time of year you may see me wearing work clothes in efforts to help maintain our precious buildings and artifacts. We have need of volunteers to aid in many of our projects. If you are interested and available, please let us know. We really appreciate all of your help.

Education Program Events

George Mason University PhD student Stephanie Anne Seal Walters

George Mason University PhD student Stephanie Anne Seal Walters

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 1 p.m. God Save The Kingdom: Loyalism and Ministers in Revolutionary Virginia, 1765-1783 presented by Mrs. Stephanie Walters, Ph.D. student from George Mason University. Her program addresses the impact of the American War for Independence on Loyalist Clergy and the Anglican Church in America. Tickets are $15 per person. Seating is limited to the first 25 registrants. After exceeding 25 registrants, inquirers will be placed on a waiting list that will be informed if additional space is available. To register call the Welcome Center at 757-357-3367, or email us at Online ticketing coming soon.


Help us in congratulating two couples who began lives together in May:

Jimmy Kay Tyson, Jr. and Billie Ann Thomas
Mary Beth Chapman Brandwein and Jesse Carden


As we wrap-up our 2016 Fiscal Year (ending June 30th, 2016) we would like to thank the donors who made May a great month in development.  Thank you for supporting our Annual Fund.

The Nannie Blackwell Foundation
Corporate Sponsorship – Towne Bank
Ms. Sarah B. Wright
Ms. Florence Robbins
Mr. Meredith “Bo” Temple
Ms. Katherine Welin


We would also like to recognize our new and renewing members who value their member benefits.  We look forward to seeing you at our special events and enjoying your gift shop discounts!

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Kay, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Carden
Ms. Jean Tomes
Ms. Pamela Vick
Mr. Tim Dei
Ms. Kim Sexton

Thank you for your continued support in helping to preserve and promote the important stories here at Historic St. Luke’s.  See you soon!


Todd Ballance