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FRIDAY FOCUS – Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

The City of Fredericksburg was established in 1728 - that’s 290 years’ worth of history. The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation works to preserve, protect and revitalize the historic environment and culture of the Fredericksburg region, so that our history is not forgotten. Whether you have questions on an historic home renovation, or looking to get involved in your history, the HFFI provides the resources to do so. In this week’s Friday Focus, Sandra Erickson, Director of Operations, shared that one of her favorite things about HFFI are the events they host where the community learns about the historic character of Fredericksburg buildings.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
 The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation (HFFI), Inc. is dedicated to preserving, protecting and revitalizing the distinct historic environment and cultural resources of the Fredericksburg region.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
 My favorite moments when working with HFFI are when we can give preservation a positive voice. When homeowners contact us or search our website (www.hffi.org) we can provide the answers they may seek regarding the proper treatment of a historic building. I also love when HFFI hosts events and the community learns about the historic character of Fredericksburg buildings.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?
 The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation’s biggest challenge is showing people that being sensitive to a building's history is easier than they think. We rely on word of mouth and positive outreach to illustrate that the unique character of a historic building is valuable and worth investing in. 

Q: Are there any upcoming events?
 In March, we are hosting an event called "Dead in Fred: Tombstone Tour" with a professor from the University of Mary Washington. She is discussing how tombstones and cemeteries have changed over the decades and reflect the time period when they were created. In December, we are hosting our 48th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour. It is a wonderful holiday tradition.

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
 I encourage people and organizations to become HFFI members. They receive a lot of great benefits, including event and merchandise discounts. People are welcome to learn more about us on our website, www.hffi.org. On our website, people find answers to questions about historic buildings, learn how to become HFFI volunteers and purchase our many publications. Our offices are also open Wednesday-Friday from 12-3 pm in the historic Fielding Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street (across from the library).