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