The Lynchburg Museum System released its FY2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) Annual Report today, November 14 to share with its board and the community its highlights, successes and challenges. The report was prepared by the Museum Director, Doug Harvey.
According to the seven-page report, the Museum System saw visitors from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 29 countries. Overall, the Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor had 16,617 visitors, a slight decrease from FY2012. Although visitations at Point of Honor were down from the previous fiscal year, visits to the Museum at 901 Court Street increased.
According to Harvey, the Museum’s increase in visitors during the year was likely a result of the American Turning Point exhibit. Harvey sites the challenges presented by the derecho at the start of the fiscal year as possibly having an impact on visitations. However, the annual report also indicates significant increases in the Museum System’s websites and Facebook pages.
The Museum System sponsors/and or participates in a number of special events throughout the year including, Day at the Point, James River Batteau Festival, Christmas Open House, Garden Day and school programs. According to Harvey, the Museum System’s staff is proud to continue its mission of serving visitors and residents, providing educational programs, and collecting and preserving local and regional history.
“The Museum System has great staff, dedicated volunteers and a committed board,” said Harvey. “Our patrons tell us the that the Museum and Point of Honor are important assets to this community, and we believe the two historical sites, coupled with the programming we are able to present, add greatly to Lynchburg’s quality of life.”