Public Presentations to Take Place at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Winchester, VA  11/11/2013…The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) will announce a new Master Plan for its campus during public presentations at 5 and 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, November 14. Held at the MSV, the meetings are free, and the public is invited to attend.

The proposed new Master Plan will guide the development of the Museum’s 254-acre campus, the largest green space in the City of Winchester, into a cultural park for the City of Winchester and the greater Shenandoah Valley community. The Master Plan outlines restoration of the historic Glen Burnie Gardens, improvements to existing facilities, needed new facilities, the creation of new gardens and landscape features, and the integration of the MSV site into the City of Winchester.

At Thursday’s meetings, MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans and representatives from the MSV Master Plan team will present this conceptual site plan for the future development of the Museum landscape. The meetings will include a 30-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session and the opportunity for attendees to engage in informal conversations with members of the Master Planning team and MSV staff.

Master Plan team members include Dr. Brent Glass, Director Emeritus, Smithsonian Museum of American History; Reader & Swartz Architects; Siteworks (landscape architects);  Arentz Landscape Architects (landscape architects – Glen Burnie Gardens); The Design Minds, Inc. (visitor experience); and Howard Shockey & Sons (preconstruction services).

Located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley campus includes the Glen Burnie House, six acres of gardens, and a 50,000-square-foot museum that tells the story of the region’s art, history, and culture and hosts a variety of changing exhibitions. The MSV has a staff of more than 50 full and part-time employees, a dedicated group of more than 100 docents and volunteers, and an annual operating budget of more than $3 million. The Museum offers a wide range of highly popular educational programs and free community events, has more than 1,300 Members, and attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually. Additional information about the Museum is available at Questions about the public meetings may be directed to the MSV Marketing Department at 540-662-1473, ext. 225