Lynchburg Mayor, Mike Gillette recently proclaimed “The Year of the River” in recognition of the role the James River played in the creation of the City and its impact on life in Central Virginia. This week, colorful banners were installed along the John Lynch Bridge to emphasize the connections and value of the James to Central Virginia.
A number of local and statewide organizations are taking visitors on an 18-month journey along the James River in the form of special programming, activities, and events. A central feature is the exhibit: Experience the James: Lynchburg’s Pathway to the World at the Lynchburg Museum,
901 Court Street, which explores the history, imagery, art, and natural resources of this majestic waterway. The exhibit runs through the end of 2015 and features items loaned from museums and private collections across Virginia.
“We are very proud of this new exhibit,” said Museum Director, Doug Harvey. “The James has played such an important role in history, not only in Lynchburg but throughout the entire state. We hope people will come to the exhibit, and we encourage parents to bring their children as well.”
As an incentive for parents to bring their children to the Experience the James exhibit and to commemorate Parks and Recreation Week, the Lynchburg Museum is offering free admission for all children up to the age of 18 when accompanied by an adult between Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 27.
In addition to the exhibit, an ambitious program schedule has been developed including rain barrel demonstrations, lectures, camps for kids and teachers, and much more. The partners for Experience the James include Amazement Square, Lynch’s Landing, Lynchburg Museum System, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, Lynchburg Water Resources Department, discoverLynchburg, the James River Association, and the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society.