In support of its mission to protect and maintain the county’s heritage, the Fairfax County Park Authority collects and preserves the material culture that represents our heritage from prehistory to present day. In addition to the original structures and archaeological materials at its historic parks, the Park Authority collects objects, documents and other materials:
These materials support interpretation at Park Authority historic sites and in outreach exhibits, promoting the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of Fairfax County material heritage and historic resources by its citizens and visitors.
The Park Authority welcomes donations of objects, documents and other materials that meet the criteria above. Finite space and stewardship resources may play a role in making the best decision for acceptance of offered materials.
Donated objects and historic items help support exhibits, research and interpretation at Park Authority historic sites and outreach displays. They promote the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of Fairfax County material heritage and historic resources by its citizens and visitors.
Park Authority staff members are happy to talk with you about acquiring materials associated with park sites and Fairfax County history. If you have historic materials you would like to donate to the Park Authority, please email the Collections Manager or call 703-631-1429.
Museum Quality Care
The Park Authority defines stewardship as the careful, responsible and sustainable management of the natural, cultural and historic resources entrusted to the Park Authority by the citizens of Fairfax County for present and future generations.
The Park Authority follows museum practices and professional standards of stewardship in caring for and preserving its Historic Object Collections and maintaining them as a legacy for future generations.
The Museum Collections Section is a vital component of the accreditation process. Colvin Run Mill, Sully Historic Site and Green Spring Gardens were accredited by the American Association of Museums in 2000.
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