The museum continues to remain closed under Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Executive Order. We have been meeting with the museums in Richmond and are planning a series of openings around June 15, 2020, depending on when restrictions are lifted.
We will abide by the Governor’s order and are taking additional steps to make the museum as safe as possible when we reopen. Our museum directors’ group is developing a set of protocols for us to follow when we reopen:
- We are already putting up signage that will encourage social distancing (both floor markers and signs on the wood columns).
- We will continue our cleaning regimen and our use of paper copies of the museum tour booklet that can be recycled after each use.
- Other steps are being examined such as time-reserved entrance into the building to control crowds and stagger visitors.
We have applied for and received a PPP loan from BB&T. Our accounting staff will monitor the use of funds very carefully to comply with federal grant guidelines and the dollars must be used in the next two months. We continue to move forward with our Master Plan Committee as well as our capitol projects.
We are also making changes to our Professional Development programs for educators as well as the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute. Both of these programs will be hosted online this summer to better accommodate our teachers.
- Facing History and Ourselves Professional Development will go live Zoom on May 27. Teacher sign ups have been robust.
- The TEI class, June 22 – July 3, will also be conducted on Zoom and is also taking reservations now.
- These are pilot programs for the Museum to reach teachers from across Virginia and beyond. With the class solely online, we hope to accommodate many more teachers.
For those of you who have helped us in the past by paying for memberships or sponsoring teachers in the TEI program, please do so again. There could be no better time to help than during this crisis.
Thank you for all you continue to do as supporters of the museum. Stay safe and healthy!
We continue to honor the recent passing of two Holocaust survivors, Alan Zimm and Helen Zimm. Please use the following links to learn more about their live and legacy.