Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: (703) 461-1782
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced today that it is building a LEGO® bricks replica of three iconic buildings on campus as part of its Bicentennial Celebration and Campaign. Aspinwall, Meade, and Bohlen Halls will be assembled brick by brick in the Seminary’s Welcome Center by volunteer builders and individuals who sponsor LEGO® bricks for $2.00 each.
“We are excited about this project,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. “Construction is exciting for people of all ages. Tapping into our LEGO® skills, creating a marvelous model of these historic buildings, and contributing to our Bicentennial Campaign are fabulous reasons for getting involved.”
This fun and engaging project will bring together members of the VTS community to celebrate the Seminary’s past and future while raising funds for campus improvements. The Seminary is excited to welcome all friends, alumni, neighbors, and LEGO® enthusiasts of all ages to build.
Every brick purchased will be matched by two challenge grants that will allow VTS to unlock $500,000 in grants by raising $1 million. These funds will be used to offset the costs of improving the Seminary’s Bishop Payne Library.
“Our commitment to residential theological study places the Bishop Payne Library at the heart of our Bicentennial Campaign,” said Markham. “We must be ready to provide resources for present and future researchers by collecting, preserving, and providing access to a variety of materials, digital and print. We must offer a place that fosters thoughtful study and contemplation for our thinking, faithful church.”
This LEGO® building project supports this vital resource through hands-on collaboration that highlights the value of small gifts that come together to serve countless others. To see the model or join us as a builder, visit the VTS Welcome Center at 3737 Seminary Road, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Welcome Center may have modified hours during federal, religious, or school holidays. To check hours, please call (703) 457-9726.
For more information about the LEGO® building project, visit the Lego page
at the Bicentennial Campaign site or contact Cassandra Gravina at (703) 461-1701 or at email@example.com.
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.