Heritage Happenings

An e-Newsletter of the

December 2015
One of our younger guests makes a yule log birdseed ornament at the center during     Old Fashioned Christmas on December 5 (Photos by Cindy Karelis).

What's New?

Over 150 visitors toured the center during Beverly's Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration. Guests were greeted by volunteers dressed in nineteenth-century costume and explored the exhibits admission free. Festive instrumental music was performed by the Mountain Winds throughout the afternoon. Children from local elementary schools entered our first ever gingerbread house contest, and our local AmeriCorps members also built a few of their own to show off their architectural skills. Santa Claus was spotted in the courthouse before making his rounds about town, greeting our youngest visitors. The younger crowd also got the chance to make their very own yule log birdseed ornaments. The day's festivities culminated in the tree lighting and singing of carols in the square. Social media and press coverage from the Inter-Mountain helped to get the word out.
What's Next?
Well folks, it's that time of the year again. We have just launched our annual capital campaign appeal.  Did you know that for a second year, Historic Beverly Preservation has been awarded the West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit? This means that for a qualified donation of $500, the donor will receive $250 in tax credit off of your state income tax. This is in addition to your normal federal charitable deduction. We currently have $3500 in tax credits available for the first donors who request them. All donations of any size go to help with improvements to the IOOF Beverly Community Room, and for programming and support form the Beverly Heritage Center. Send your donation now of $500 or more to qualify for these state tax credits! Of course, whether you can give $5 or $500, your help will make a difference.
In other news, Historic Beverly Preservation and Beverly ON TRAC are now looking for a consultant to study the feasibility of a walking trail and help with Beverly planning. This project will be funded by the Building Healthy Communities Grant we were awarded by the West Virginia Development Office. The consultant will be involved with surveys, interviews, and public meetings to research topics relating to healthy lifestyles, quality of life, historic preservation, and revitalization in order to complete an "Active Community Plan" for Beverly. Firms, teams, or individuals interested in this project can see the RFP at www.historicbeverly.org/news.htm, and should submit their proposal by January 19, 2016. 
What About You?
Do you have anything you would like to contribute to this e-newsletter? This is our first issue, and your input will help us grow. We welcome photos, story ideas, or submissions of your own! Submissions for the e-newsletter can be mailed to bhcamericorps1@gmail.com
Happy 2016!
We would like to thank all of our Historic Beverly Preservation and Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation friends for their past, present, and future support.  We would also like to wish all of you the happiest of holiday seasons and a bright and prosperous New Year!

Upcoming Events in 2016

Feb 13
Heart of a Heritage Dinner

March 12
Rifle Rally

March 19
Landmarks Workshop

May 6
New Exhibit Openings

May 28
Cemetery Workshop

Jul 22-24
Beverly Heritage Days

Aug 20
Summer Brew Fest

Oct 14-15
Lantern Tours

Dec 3
Old Fashioned Christmas

Contact Us:
Beverly Heritage Center
PO Box 227
Beverly, WV 26253

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