Vote to maintain funding for the Loudoun Museum
  • Petitioned Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

Vote to maintain funding for the Loudoun Museum

    1. Loudoun Museum Inc
    2. Petition by

      Loudoun Museum Inc

      Leesburg, VA

 

The Loudoun Museum serves as the general history museum for Loudoun County, VA.  It's collections include priceless items that span the history of the area and the nation. 

On an annual budget of $100,000, $63,000 (reduced from 307,000 since 2008) approved by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the balance raised by the Museum, the Loudoun Museum operates a world class museum that brings Loudoun County history to life.

Local history museums like the Loudoun Museum are vital if we want to have a society that understands where it came from and where it’s going. The Smithsonians and other high-profile institutions are great, but places that are close to home are too, in a different way. They offer accessible introductions to history for schoolkids, resources for people looking into genealogy, and an educational (and affordable) afternoon outing. 

The collection of over 8,000 artifacts includes documents signed by George Washington, letters from freed slaves writing their former masters from Liberia, civil War relics, and a world class textile collection.  The museum also boasts an interactive Children's Discovery Room, that entertains and educates children in a way that supplements the school curriculum.

Loudoun County’s median household income, based on 2010 U.S. Census data, was $119,540, nearly two and a half times the national county average of $49,445. It also had a poverty rate of 3.2 percent, whereas the national average is around 14 percent. That means Loudoun is the richest county in the United States, a distinction it has held since at least 2007.   Loudoun County could offer the textbook example of well-funded, active local history programs for its constituants.

The $63,000 grant requested by the Loudoun Museum would account for 0.006 percent of the county’s revenues. For a fraction of a penny on the dollar, the board is considering the end of an important local resource, not to mention putting people out of work and removing a draw for tourist dollars.  

Do not allow a single vote to take away 45 years of dedicated collection and conservation. 

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"We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build, but by those we have destroyed." - A Farewell to Penn Station, 1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Lynne Anderson FALL CREEK, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      As Director of the Sampler Archive Project I am concerned about the museum's spectacular sampler collection. It is a jewel - and a tribute to the collecting vision and dedication of the museum's former curators. It is also a collection that puts the museum on the national map - and draws scholars and needlework enthusiasts from across the country.

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    • Gloria Allen ROCK HALL, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Loudoun Museum has an small outstanding collection that pertains to and enhances the study of local history. It is located in a community with the means to support it.

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    • Agnes Readmond LEESBURG, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe the Museum is an asset to Loudoun ?County and should be preserved.

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    • Gloria Moore GOODYEAR, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      I think this museum is invaluable to visitors who are interested in the history of the area. Especially important to those who study needlework...this museum has a collection nurtured by the late Betty Flemming who was one of this country's formost experts on all aspects of needlework in America. It would be a real tradgedy to break up any of the museum's collections, but especially this needlework collection!!

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    • April Watters LEESBURG, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Loudoun Museum is a treasure that our county CAN'T afford to lose. Without county funding, it will have to close. Seems like the richest county in the United States SHOULD be able to afford to help fund a small museum.

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