FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society and
Preservation Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, Virginia – December 19, 2008 – Vernon Davis and Lori Kimball announce the merger of the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society (LRPS) and the Preservation Society of Loudoun County (PSLC). The merged organization will be called the Loudoun Preservation Society. For the past several years, Davis has been president of LRPS and Kimball of PSLC.
In making their announcement, Davis and Kimball noted several reasons the Boards of their organizations voted in favor of the merger. It would create a larger and stronger organization with more than 200 members. The combined group could speak with a unified voice, have a greater presence in the community, and be better positioned to meet new preservation challenges. Current initiatives of both LRPS and PSLC will continue, thus offering the membership a variety of projects on which to work.
Both organizations were founded in the 1970s and have been active in many preservation causes over the years. In 1977 LRPS began sponsoring August Court Days in downtown Leesburg and continued the event until 2005. Each year the organization awards monetary grants to individuals or groups to fund preservation projects. Since its inception approximately $790,000 has been awarded through the grants program. LRPS is also working to preserve the Paxton mansion, known as Carlheim, in Leesburg. The focus of PSLC has been on local and state legislative issues that concerned historic preservation and open space and environmental protection. The organization published The Citizens Guide to the Historical, Cultural and Environmental Organizations in Loudoun County. PSLC recently formed an alliance of heritage and environmental organizations called the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition.
Davis will serve as President of the new organization and Kimball will be 1st Vice President. Other officers are Sarah Garner, 2nd Vice President; Sarah McCracken, Treasurer; and Cheryl Sadowski, Secretary. The Directors are Ron Clark, Patric Copeland, Jane Davison, Rene Dennis, Doug Foard, Tom Gates, Jim Hanna, Jim Hershman, Reg Jones, JoEllen Keating, Judith Lillis, Patty Rogers-Renner, Al Van Huyck, and Marilyn Wilson.
You may contact the organization through its web site at www.preserveloudoun.org
The Loudoun Preservation Society is a non-partisan, registered 501(c)(3) organization.