Shenandoah’s 75th Anniversary

In July 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Big Meadows to dedicate Shenandoah National Park. To commemorate the 75h anniversary of the dedication in 2011, a year-long celebration is in the works. The all-volunteer planning committee comprises representatives from the national park and its nonprofit partner groups (including the Trust), tourism bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, and city and county governments across Virginia. The celebration includes three major in-park events and dozens of sanctioned events in the communities surrounding the park.

A successful 75th anniversary celebration will benefit not only the national park, but also its gateway communities, including Charlottesville/Albemarle, because a high percentage of people who visit the park also visit—and spend money in—its surrounding towns and counties. The Shenandoah National Park Trust provided a seed grant last year to develop a website dedicated to the 75th anniversary celebration, which will launch in July 2010. This year, we are raising funds to support the Celebration Coordinator, who is masterfully marketing the 75th and orchestrating the agendas of the planning committee’s subcommittees, which include Marketing, Events, Finance and Product Development.

Project costs: $42,000.