President’s Message

Friends of the AWHM,

I hope my note finds you well as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and its impact on our lives. The month of January has come and gone, and just like that, we only have 11 months left in 2021.

As we quickly move through the year, unfortunately and fortunately, little has changed at the museum. We continue to keep everyone’s health and safety as our top priority. We are currently closed and will remain closed until the vaccinations become more readily accessible. I have asked Lynn and Martha Davenport to collaborate on a re-open plan that will allow us to hit the ground running once we give the green light. While we look forward to doing what we do best, there are many challenges ahead. Many businesses, city officials, and nonprofits are extremely concerned that this could be yet another sub-par summer for the Virginia Beach oceanfront. With this in mind, our re-open plan must be an aggressive one that looks for additional revenue streams and other unique opportunities.

We continue with the process of adding a gazebo to the main lawn which will be a worthy addition to the museum from not only for aesthetics but for special event and wedding rentals. We have received preliminary drawings and are currently waiting on cost analysis before moving ahead to next steps. I look forward to sharing its design with you in the near future. We continue to work with the city on several other updates and upgrades. More to come on these as well.

As I have shared with you before, we have/are weathering this storm well. We look forward to returning to some kind of normal in the near future and are strategically planning to again make up the most ground we possibly can once we are able to return to normal operations.

I thank you for your continued support of the AWHM. Stay healthy!

Cheers.

Jason Seward

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