Our Mission and What We’re About
Established in 1995, Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. (CPC), is a nonprofit corporation committed to its mission: To Preserve and Perpetuate The Legacy of Patsy Cline and Her Music.
At the core of a phased-in Winchester, Virginia presence, CPC restored the Patsy Cline Historic House at 608 South Kent Street to its original appearance, circa 1950, when Patsy lived there with her mother and siblings.
The house portrays the story of Patsy’s Winchester years, the lives of others associated with her, and events that were pivotal to her career. The house is open yearly for public tours and special events from April through October.
Future plans include honoring Patsy Cline and her music through the establishment of a Patsy Cline Museum in Winchester. The museum will chronicle milestones of her life story. It will feature images, related sounds, and moving pictures of her era, creating both a soundscape and visual tapestry of her life and singing career.
CPC is looking for volunteers to assist with the Historic House as well as for items and recollections of Patsy that can be incorporated. Please contact 540-662-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Celebrating Patsy Cline (CPC) acquires Patsy Cline’s house at 608 South Kent Street through contributions from the Adams family, Preservation of Historic Winchester, and an anonymous donor.
- In 2005, Patsy Cline’s house at 608 South Kent Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
- City of Winchester presents grant funding in 2005 to initiate conceptual plans and design work for a future Patsy Cline Museum.
- Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the largest interpretive museum design firm in the world, signs on to create the museum’s experiential exhibits. (www.raany.com) The McGorrisk Group, Inc., provides a comprehensive master business plan and updates to the 2001 Gerner report.
- The CPC mission statement is ratified: “To Preserve and Perpetuate the Legacy of Patsy Cline and Her Music.”
- Legacy, Inc. (the organization Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline’s husband, established to administer the Patsy Cline Estate), formally confirms support to CPC’s mission.
- Content and conceptual designs of the future museum exhibits are complete.
- Legacy, Inc., and CPC jointly purchase Sam Hensley, Jr. (her brother) Estate which contains personal and professional items of Patsy Cline.
- New York Times includes the future Patsy Cline Museum on its list of exciting planned new museum projects opening in the United States.
- Successfully completed Feasibility Study, indicating potential success of a capital campaign.
- Groundwork is laid for launching of a capital campaign to develop and sustain the future Patsy Cline Museum.
- Objects in the CPC collection are examined by an independent professional museum curator for authenticity, value, and present condition in preparation for exhibition in the museum. Objects are cataloged for museum records for legal compliance, storage, and retrieval of items.
- CPC identifies as a primary goal: Focus efforts and fundraising towards the restoration and interpretation of 608 South Kent Street as a Historic House to focus on Patsy Cline and her family during the years 1948 to 1957.
- City of Winchester grants permit to CPC to proceed with its plans for the Historic House to open the Historic House for tours and special events.
- Plans are in place to move forward with a future Patsy Cline Museum once the Historic House is open and operating.
- CPC opens the Patsy Cline Historic House in August 2011.
- CPC partners with the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center to display some of its collections in a Patsy Cline Tribute exhibit (2013).
- CPC collaborates with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to create a new exhibit “Becoming Patsy Cline.” It was on display from August 2013 to July 2014. This was the first-time many of Patsy Cline’s personal items and costumes were on public display. Exhibition items are from the collections of Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc.