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GE-235082-16

Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest (Forest, VA 24551-0419)
Wayne Gannaway (Project Director: August 2015 to present)

Paths to Freedom, Paths to Happiness: Site-wide Interpretive Exhibits at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

Planning of interpretive media and visitor experiences at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat.

This project will conduct the planning work to develop Poplar Forest's first-ever professionally designed exhibits. The geographical scope of the work is site-wide for two reasons: first, it is based on a new interpretive theme and sub-themes developed during a recent master interpretive planning process; and two, because it will help create a visitor experience and interpret historic features along a new, planned visitor entrance road at Poplar Forest. The two-mile road will unlock heretofore inaccessible historic sites and landscapes related to Thomas Jefferson's Bedford County plantation and to the work spaces and lives of the more than 90 people enslaved here during his occupation of the site. Construction of the road is planned for late 2017. The outcomes of the project are design development plans for an orientation video, orientation signage, key historical figure cards, exhibits in the lower level of Jefferson's retreat house, wayside exhibits and interpretive signs.

Project fields:
African History; U.S. History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 6/30/2017