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Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society
Announces Grant Recipients

Leesburg, Virginia – December 19, 2008 – Vernon Davis, President of the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society, announces the organization’s 2008 grants program recipients.  The program provides monetary awards to nonprofit groups to fund preservation projects.  This year’s recipients are:

Round Hill Arts Center
Round Hill, Virginia
$10,000

The Arts Center is housed in a late 1880s building. The grant will be used for building repairs to the roof, siding, and window casings.

Liberty Street Project
Metropolitan Lodge #161 Free & Accepted Masons
Leesburg, Virginia
$10,000

The building was constructed in 1900 as a meeting hall for the African American Community in Leesburg.  The grant will be used for interior framing and wiring as part of a total restoration project.

Oatlands
South of Leesburg
$3,700

One of five nineteenth-century garden dependencies, the “office” has been converted to a garden library.  The grant will be used to help complete this effort with the purchase of archival shelving. 

Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
Sterling, Virginia
$4,000

The Museum has one of approximately 15 remaining copies of the 1853 Yardley Taylor Map of Loudoun County.  It is currently being conserved.  The grant will be used for archival mounting after conservation is complete.

Friends of the Thomas Balch Library
Leesburg,
$3,000

The Library conducted a series of lectures in celebration of Leesburg’s 250th anniversary.  The grant will be used to convert these lectures into CDs and to distribute them to Loudoun County high schools, middle schools, and the public.

Loudoun Museum
Leesburg
$5,000

The Loudoun Museum’s collection of paintings includes several 19th-century portraits of the Oden Family, which farmed in Aldie, Virginia.  The grant will help the museum begin the first phase of the conservation on these portraits.  The Museum received the Kitty Boyd Award, named in honor of one of the Society’s founder and long-time president.

 

Since its inception, approximately $790,000 has been awarded in Loudoun County through the grants program.  The grants have helped to preserve a number of significant buildings, including the Aldie Mill, Ford’s Store in Round Hill, Dodona Manor, Oatlands, and Morven Park.  Grants have also been given to the restoration and preservation of a number of churches in the county, in many cases helping small congregations preserve and restore their buildings and cemeteries

You may contact the Loudoun Preservation Society through its web site at www.preserveloudoun.org.

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The Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society is a non-partisan, registered 501(c)(3) organization.