Commemorating America's 250th Anniversary


Commemorating America's 250th Anniversary


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Light and dark blue text overlaid on light gray text from the Declaration of Independence reads: Virginia & America's Journey to A More Perfect Union

Our American experiment is unique in human history—a government of laws and not of individuals; a government by the people and for the people, founded on the self-evident truth that all are created equal and are endowed with the universal rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. In our first two and a half centuries, our nation, through the determination of its people, and with its unlimited capacity for reinvention and renewal, has progressed in its journey, working to fulfill by struggle and sacrifice the promise of our founding for all Americans.

In 2026, the United States of America will mark its 250th anniversary. We must embrace this historic moment—extraordinary in our lifetimes—and act upon it by together renewing our commitment to the unfinished pursuit of A More Perfect Union—to reflect deeply on our past and invest with great purpose in our future.

A collage of three images with a child signing a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence, a family standing outside of the museum with American flags, and a group of students cheering and walking with the Virginia state flag

On July 4, 2023, the VMHC launched a multi-year initiative to mark America’s upcoming milestone.

This exciting effort includes:

  • Two Marquee Exhibitions at the VMHC (2025 & 2026) and Traveling Displays Across the Commonwealth
  • A Series of Special Programs, Lectures, and Events Leading Up to July 2026
  • A Series of New Publications: Our Commonwealth (2024), Give Me Liberty (2025), and We The People (2026)
  • A Major Investment in Statewide Civics and History Education

A Statewide Investment in Civics Education

The John Marshall Center becomes part of the VMHC

The VMHC is proud to announce that longtime partner, the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics (JMC), has become part of the museum—creating an innovative new civics education center and empowering the VMHC to bring history and civics education to an increasing number of students and adult learners across the Commonwealth and beyond.

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Support VMHC’s 250th Plans

The VMHC, the Commonwealth’s oldest museum and cultural organization, doesn’t receive any state operating support. Please help by making a gift today to support our important 250th work.

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Investing in Virginia's History Organizations

In 2024 and 2025, the VMHC will focus its statewide grant program, The Commonwealth History Fund, on supporting history organizations across the Commonwealth and their work to mark the 250th. The VMHC plans to grant nearly $1,000,000 to fellow history organizations and Virginia tribes.