Here is an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today, Sunday, 12 Nov 2006, about the worsening situation of the Museum of the Confederacy. It has a huge collection of Civil War artifacts, as well as the Confederate White House, where Jefferson Davis live and worked.
As a member of The Museum of the Confederacy, I have been deeply saddened by the recent difficulties there. It's a great place and the many collections housed there are invaluable connections to our past.
I hope for the best, but receive their newsletters and realize the dire situation they are facing. Please support the museum if you can. We cannot afford to lose it!!
Who let the development crop up around the CWH and MotC? Was it the city of Richmond? Henrico County?
Who sponsored the development? City of Richmond? Henrico County? Virginia Commonwealth University?
If, in fact, they were victims of uncontrolled development, the museum and Confederate White House should be assisted financially in finding a new location as well as subsidized to continue their "normal" operations until new sites can be obtained. I seriously doubt the CWH and MotC voted to allow the parking garages, extra wings, etc. to be erected, in essence, cut their own throats.
The VCU Hospital, VCU itself, the city, and [if involved] the county should ALL chip in to pay for the lost revenues AND the costs now foisted upon the two civil war institutions.
Good questions Art, I don't know the answers but would like to know. I don't thing the hospital has been bad neighbors to the museum and in fact could be consdered good neighbors (allow visitors to park in their parking lot), it's just that they are so huge and the resulting congestion.