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Forging Our Future

Historic Tredegar Picks Up Steam with
$8.0 Million Capital Campaign

The next four years mark the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. This means an investment in the Center will yield benefits greater than at any other point in recent history. The 150th anniversary is expected to generate at least 50% more visitors to Historic Tredegar.

Forging Our Future is a transformational funding initiative designed to help the Center realize its potential. The budget is $8,000,000. We have generous challenge grants for half of our goal from Bruce Gottwald and the NewMarket Foundation in the amount of $2,000,000 each. We are seeking the other half from private funders. These contributions will enable the Center to create a compelling base on which it can build a visionary future.


The campaign is co-chaired by Thomas F. Farrell, II, Chairman, President, and CEO at Dominion; Bruce C. Gottwald, Sr., Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee at NewMarket Corporation; and John A. Luke, Jr., Chairman and CEO at MeadWestvaco (pictured above, left to right).

The Center will use campaign funds, along with the Center’s other resources, to carry out its mission in the following ways:

Film/Theatrical Presentation: $1,200,000
The Center will produce a dramatic, compelling, and one-of-a kind theatrical experience. The experience will convey the courage and sacrifices of Union, Confederate, and African American heroes and how Richmond and Tredegar were the epicenter of a national struggle for Union, Home, and Freedom.

Building Expansion: $3,000,000
This 8,000 square foot expansion will include a theater/auditorium space to present the signature film/theatrical experience as well as forums, lectures and film screenings. In addition, there will be a multipurpose area that can be used for temporary exhibitions, as well as rented for private functions. Click here to view the blueprint.

Gateway Orientation Center: $350,000
In partnership with the National Park Service and the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center will complete phase two of the renovations to the Pattern Building. The Gateway Orientation Center will provide visitors with information about onsite programs offered by the Center and the National Park Service, as well as information about other significant sites in the Richmond area related to the Civil War and Emancipation.

Core Gallery Improvements: $300,000
The Center will replace components of its signature In the Cause of Liberty exhibition. The upgrades include turning battle maps into interactive displays, and improving audiovisual components. In addition, the Center will vastly improve the introductory section that focuses on the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

Outdoor Interpretive Signage: $200,000
The Center will develop and install new signage throughout the site that highlights the remarkable history of the Tredegar Ironworks Company. To complement the improved graphics and interpretive information, the Center will install QR (Quality Reader) codes. The codes allow visitors to use their smart phones or rental devices to get additional content such as working 3D models or help from a virtual tour guide.

Outdoor Improvements and Interactive Exhibits: $450,000
The Center will install a large-scale working model of the entire Tredegar Ironworks property, circa 1865. In a proposed partnership with the Children’s Museum of Richmond and the Science Museum of Virginia, the Center will create an exhibit that enables visitors to control water flows via sluiceways and turn power turbines. Using the original framed structure that housed workers, the Center will create a space for living history and 19th century period demonstrations.

Reserve: $2.5 million

To learn more about the campaign please contact the Development office at (804)780-1865 ext. 143.