Government shutdown impacting local volunteers’ plan to recreate Richmond history

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The ongoing partial government shutdown has taken its toll on a number of federal agencies, including those in Central Virginia. 

Organizers from the St. Johns Foundation have spent months planning out an event recreating the 1781 raid on Richmond. 8News spoke with volunteers impacted by the shutdown. 

“The best way to learn about history is to be able to touch, feel it, talk to people about it who are experiencing it,” said Sarah Whiting, St. John’s Church Foundation Executive Director. “That personal connection really brings history to life.”

The foundation was planning on using a battlefield for the recreating the raid on Richmond but the shutdown has forced it to close.  

The ongoing partial government shutdown has taken its toll on a number of federal agencies, including those in Central Virginia.

A historian, John Pagano, spoke with 8News about Richmond’s history and his concerns on the shutdown’s impact. 

“Richmond’s got a lot of history and I think we cover different parts of it,” Pagano said. “For some history sites, certainly that are impacted by the federal government, it does get, the crowds don’t come to those locations and I think that is one thing that all of us in the history business..we’re always wanting people to come out.” 

Volunteers will shift their attention to the grounds of the Historic St. John’s Church for the re-enactment event. 

“The show must go on and it will go on and we’re excited that everybody can come here and experience this really important part of Richmond history,” Whiting told 8News. 

Volunteers told 8News they felt lucky to find an alternate location to host the event. The recreation event will be on Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic St. John’s Church. 

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