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Coverage for grant CHA-264438-19

Menokin Glass House Project
Sam McKelvey, Menokin Foundation

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On the Northern Neck, saving what's left of founding father Francis Lightfoot Lee's house (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Bill Lohmann
Publication: RIchmond Times Dispatch
Date: 6/28/2019
Abstract: The Menokin Glass House Project received a welcomed boost recently when the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the foundation a $500,000 challenge grant for its Glass House Project. The 3-to-1 matching grant requires the foundation to raise an additional $1.5 million. Calder Loth, retired senior architectural historian at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, describes the NEH grant as “a good shot in the arm.” An honorary trustee of the foundation, Loth says the primary reason Menokin merits preservation is pretty simple: “We owe Francis Lightfoot Lee a debt. He put his life on the line to found this country. All of the other homes of the [Virginia] signers … are secured. That’s what we must do for our Founding Fathers. It’s a National Historic Landmark, plus it’s a place of historical architectural interest. That’s what we as preservationists are supposed to do.”