Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

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The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (ACHS) is a private, non-profit educational organization founded in 1940 to study, preserve, and promote the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The ACHS' research library, administered by a librarian on the staff of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, contains over 4,000 books and bound periodicals, as well as thousands of photographs, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, and vertical files. Its museum collection contains over 3,000 artifacts.

The executive director is C. Thomas Chapman[1]. He was hired on April 1, 2020.

Since 1994, the Society has been located in downtown Charlottesville in the historic McIntire Building.

Board Members

  • Shelley Murphy, President
  • Phyllis Leffler, Vice President
  • John Conover, Treasurer
  • Sam Towler, Secretary
  • Angus Arrington
  • Rey Berry
  • George Gilliam
  • Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.
  • Will Lyster
  • John E. Mason
  • Dan Smythe

Mission Statement

"The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society nurtures and promotes awareness and appreciation of local history by encouraging the identification, collection, study, and preservation of the materials of history; by striving for excellence and quality in research and interpretation of collections and local history; and by disseminating knowledge through educational activities, so that the past may shed light on the present and the future."[2]

Efforts of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

These efforts include but are not limited to[3]

  • Encouraging the collection and preservation of manuscript and printed materials and other physical remains pertaining to the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County;
  • Promoting historical programs, lectures, exhibitions, and other educational activities;
  • Facilitating writing and reporting upon local history in its relation to the local community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Nation, and foreign countries;
  • Exhibiting such material in its own or other museums or elsewhere and maintaining and operating a library and museum for housing and displaying historic materials.


External links

official site