WILLIAMSBURG, Va., December 17, 2021 – Cheryl L. Wilson, a nationally recognized leader of Virginia historical commemorations, has been named executive director for the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission.
The Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission is charged with the statewide observance of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, the Revolutionary War and the independence of the United States in 2026.
In her new position, Wilson will work with the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission to coordinate commemorative activities across Virginia, collaborating with historic sites, national parks, museums, tourism organizations and state agencies to mark this milestone occasion in Virginia and the nation’s history. Her new post will begin on January 10.
Virginia’s American Revolution 250 Commission Executive Committee members include Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Executive Director Christy S. Coleman, chair; Virginia Museum of History and Culture President and CEO Jamie Bosket, vice chair; Gunston Hall Executive Director Scott Stroh; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President and CEO Cliff Fleet; America’s Battlefield Trust President David Duncan; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Chair Emeritus H. Benson Dendy III; Dominion Energy President Ed Baine and Virginia Secretary of Education Frances Bradford.
Wilson has served as the executive director for the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, which developed statewide programs to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II in 2016-2020, which included poignant ceremonies to honor living veterans of WWII.
As executive director of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission in 2006-2015 for the statewide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Virginia, Wilson’s work with the Civil War 150 was recognized as a national model for a commemoration that was balanced and inclusive of all perspectives. The multi-year event involved nearly every locality in Virginia and embraced cross-partner collaborations among other states. She fostered close partnerships with historic sites, national parks, museums, tourism organizations and agencies across Virginia, and oversaw all commission activities and programs, including an award-winning mobile museum exhibition, popular signature conferences, dozens of large-scale commemorative events, and implemented a document digitization effort that located and preserved 32,000 historical documents, and a matching grant program for local partners.
Wilson has worked with the Virginia General Assembly for more than 30 years, most recently as the deputy clerk for Committee Operations for the House of Delegates, overseeing hundreds of legislative meetings and working with leadership to ensure proper parliamentary procedure and process, and previously served as senior manager with the Division of Legislative Services, where she drafted bills and resolutions, staffed the House and Senate Rules committees and handled special projects.
Wilson graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration. She has been honored to receive numerous awards, including the Governor’s Award from Richmond Region Tourism and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence by the Civil War Trust.
For more information on the American Revolution 250 Commission, visit america250.org.