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President’s Message: December

President's Message

Dear Friends of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum at the deWitt Cottage,

I hope my letter today finds you healthy and happy as we enter December. This time of year is so magical, as we gather to celebrate our families, friends, and communities. My warmest wishes to you over the holiday season.

Your support and generosity over the last year has allowed us to continue moving forward even during a very difficult time. Through memberships, donations, gifts, volunteer hours, and more, we have established ourselves as a premiere year-round destination in the heart of Virginia Beach. We offer visitors, renters, and others a glimpse into the past, while also celebrating the present, and looking ahead to the future. In the last year we have:

  • Seen one of our busiest summers in recent years. Visitors were up. Donations were up. Sales in our gift shop were up.
  • Become a premiere wedding and special events venue for Coastal Virginia. We have been featured on local news, as well as magazines and other publications.
  • Honored service men and women through our Salute To Heroes wedding giveaway, which will continue for the future.
  • Enhanced our online presence through revitalized social media platforms.

I am also excited to announce that we have finally obtained our much awaited building permit for our gazebo project and will break ground before the month ends.

All of this continues to be possible through your generosity. Your financial contributions are the driving force in our continued success. As we look towards the end of the year, I ask that you consider making a contribution to our wonderful cottage. Your tax deductible gift will ensure continued momentum forward as we look to our very bright future.

Giving is easy. We have several ways for you to make your gift.

  • Check: Please make checks payable to, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum or AWHM and mail to 1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451.
  • Credit/Debit Card: You may make your gift using a VISA or MasterCard. Please contact us at 757-437-8432 or online at
  • Recurring: Your pledge may also be made as a sustaining monthly gift, by contacting the Director

As always, I thank you for your time, your generosity, and your continued support. We have much to be thankful for.


Jason Seward

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