The St. George’s Foundation operates the World Heritage Centre and the Deliverance replica. The organisation also works with all museum partners to ensure that the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation is maintained in good order for the Town of St. George. “During our various street restorations, we would work with the Corporation of St. George’s and the utility companies to brick streets and underground utilities within the town,” says Sharon Jacobs, executive director of the St. George’s Foundation. All of the foundation’s projects are geared towards raising funds to support their operations. Though at press time for this publication no official dates had been set for 2013 events, Jacobs is confident that they will have plenty of opportunities for the community to get involved. “We have membership dues, yearly raffles, we operate a Second Hand Rose Charity Shoppe within the World Heritage Centre, and we also receive donations from the general public and companies to support our work,” she continues. “We also partner with the special town events, such as the annual National Trust Christmas Walk held in December each year.” But the St. George’s Foundation isn’t a one-man operation. They have dedicated volunteers to help man the World Heritage Centre and assist with administrative work and bulk mailings. “Everyone is welcome,” says Jacobs. Whilst fundraising has been challenging over the last three years, the St. George’s Foundation is spearheading many projects to combat that. “We are working on a new exhibit entitled ‘At the Crossroads of the Atlantic,’” she mentions. “It is based on the book written by Dr. Michael Jarvis, In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680–1783.” The exhibit will focus on historical research of the island’s maritime heritage during the first two centuries, when St. George’s was the capital.
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