Henricus Historical Park received a check on Sept.16 from the Virginia Society Children of the American Revolution (VSCAR) for $3,000. The funds will be used to maintain the “Yehakins,” or longhouses, in the park’s Virginia Indian site. The undertaking was led by Laura Shelton, past president of VSCAR (2010-2011), as her state project.
As a resident of Chesterfield with a strong interest in American Indian culture, Shelton felt compelled to help a local organization in the preservation of the pre-revolutionary period.
To raise funds, Shelton traveled around the state to local chapters, informing them about the educational mission of Henricus Historical Park. She sold T-shirts, conducted raffles and accepted donations. Local societies supported her project with fundraisers they conducted as well.
Shelton presented the check to the Henricus Foundation during a reception welcoming Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement for Publick Days and the site’s 400th anniversary. She is a member of the William Byrd Society, a local chapter of VSCAR.