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Raised for Local Nonprofits
3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29
Raised for Local Nonprofits
3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29

Waterford Foundation, Inc.

Goal: $5,000.00

Specific Need

Hundreds of Students to Miss a Signature African American History Experience
As a result of the COVID-19 school closure, 48 classes that were scheduled to attend Waterford's Second Street School living history program as a school field trip will now miss that opportunity. This critical program brings 4th grade classes from throughout Loudoun and the surrounding region to Waterford's original one room schoolhouse that served the African American community from 1867-1957. Today's students take on the roles of actual students who attended the school in 1880, learning about life, work, and education as a member of the African American community during Reconstruction. The Waterford Foundation has provided this program to classes for free for 35 years, serving over 50,000 students since its first year. You can view a video about our program below or on our website, here: https://www.waterfordfoundation.org/learn/second-street-school/.
 
Help Us Bring History Alive, Online!
We are devastated for these students who have missed out on this unique experience, one that many former attendees have said was the best field trip of their entire school career. To make up for this loss, we are working to restore and upgrade an online interactive version of our Second Street School program. This interactive program allows students to access pre-recorded videos of our Second Street School experience from home, something that could be used both by our Loudoun students and by other students from around the world. We need your support today to update the program so that we can get it out to the students who have missed out this year. 
 
Share Early American History and Skills Online with Your Gift!
In addition to the Second Street School program, the Waterford Foundation educates the public about a wide variety of early American history topics and skills, but much of this education takes place in hands-on, in-person events and classes. Social distancing precautions should not deprive the public of these educational resources! Help us adapt our outreach for online delivery in these challenging times. Online delivery will also enable us to expand our outreach and impact beyond our local community once social distancing measures are relaxed. Your gift will help us to adapt our content for programs such as these:
  • Online video tours of historic buildings in Waterford
  • Virtual walking tours of the National Historic Landmark on a variety of topics
  • Online craft classes with Waterford Craft School instructors
  • Video demonstrations from juried Waterford Fair artists
  • History story hours for children and adults
  • Printable children's history activities and games

Double your impact! 

Thanks to generous donations from members of Women For Waterford, the first $2750 in gifts will be doubled! 

 

The arts and humanities have the ability to uplift and inspire our society while we are quarantined for the greater good. Please make a gift today to help us bring history alive for the public during this time of global crisis. Thank you!

 

 

Mission

We preserve the historic buildings and the open spaces of the National Historic Landmark District of Waterford, Virginia; and, through education, increase the public's knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

Profile

The Waterford National Historic Landmark is living history - a treasured connection to America's past, present, and future.

 

For more than 75 years, the Waterford Foundation has preserved the Landmark's historic buildings and beautiful green fields and landscapes, while presenting exciting programs that connect all of us to our heritage and help us understand and explore America's past.

 

Since its creation in 1943, this grassroots organization has rescued and preserved numerous historic buildings and saved neighboring farms and open spaces from development; shared its history through educational and cultural programs and established an archives and local history collection.

 

The Waterford Fair

From its first year until today, the Foundation has produced the award-winning Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, best known as "The Waterford Fair", bringing traditional American craft demonstrations, 18th and 19th century living history interpreters, period music, and historic homes tours to 10,000 visitors annually. Join us for the 76th Fair this October 2-4.

 

The Second Street School Living History Program

Since 1987, the Waterford Foundation has provided the Second Street School living history program to area fourth grade classes, providing a day-in-the-life experience in which students play the part of actual students who attended the one room schoolhouse in 1880. In the 35 years since the program began, over 50,000 students have participated.

 

The Waterford Craft School

The Waterford Foundation started the Waterford Craft School in 2016 to provide an immersive educational experience to adults in a variety of traditional crafts. Now in its fourth year, classes and camps for children have been added to the schedule, and more than 30 classes are offered in topics from basket weaving to woodworking.

Photos & Videos

Second Street School Living History Program Brings African American History Alive for Students
The "school on Second Street" served Waterford's African American community from 1867-1957.
The "school on Second Street" served Waterford's African American community from 1867-1957.
Students with teacher Winston Walker circa 1920
Students with teacher Winston Walker circa 1920
Miss Nickens leads a class of modern 4th graders
Miss Nickens leads a class of modern 4th graders
A visiting student learns to write with a quill pen and ink
A visiting student learns to write with a quill pen and ink
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Contact

P.O. Box 142
Waterford VA 20197
Phone: 540-882-3018 x5

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