Loudoun Museum

Loudoun Museum A museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the long history of Loudoun County
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With a collection of over 8,000 artifacts, we have something for everybody. In our Discovery Room, kids can dress up in period costume, play in our 19th century period kitchen, and learn by doing. For the military buff, we have artifacts on display from arrow heads to WWII memorabilia, and plenty to learn about Loudoun’s role in the Civil War. We have antique clothing, furniture, and more. Right in the backyard of Washington, D.C., our history is the Nation’s history, but our county is one of a kind. Come by and find out for yourself.

06/04/2020
Historians on Tap

History on Tap is LIVE! Join our historians and guest Stephanie Seal Walters from the University of Southern Mississippi as they reexamine myths and misconceptions about the Revolutionary War era. Cheers!

Thanks for joining us this week for History on Tap: Founding Falsehoods!

This week we are looking back at our very first blog post from the beginning of quarantine- 2 months ago! Read about a l...
05/29/2020
Saving Loudoun's History: Pandemics & Paper Preservation

This week we are looking back at our very first blog post from the beginning of quarantine- 2 months ago!
Read about a local woman in quarantine over 100 years ago from her preserved letters home and learn how to care for your own paper collections in this blog!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/saving-loudoun-s-history-pandemics-paper-preservation

“Social distancing” is a modern term for a historically utilized response to disease. You may be surprised to learn that isolation and quarantine strategies have been used for centuries to mitigate the spread of countless diseases ranging from plague to smallpox. In the early 1900s, outbreaks of...

05/28/2020
Historians on Tap

History on Tap is LIVE! This week our historians are joined by Dr. Lauren Thompson from McKendree University to tell stories of local history during a pivotal year of the Civil War- 1863. BYOB and join us!

Join us live! 1863's a Crowd with Dr. Lauren Thompson

05/27/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

Some further information regarding last week’s History on Tap episode about seances and spiritualism! Alison Herring, Independent Historian has some Research on seances in Loudoun County.

This week's Ask a Historian is a followup to our History on Tap program on Spiritualism and Seances. Good friend of MHAA Alison Herring mentioned discovering a seance that occurred in Loudoun County while researching the Powell Family, so we invited her to tell us more!

Reminder - we want your stories! In case you haven't noticed, these have been unusual times. We are collecting your expe...
05/27/2020
Collecting COVID Memories: Documenting Historic Times Today

Reminder - we want your stories! In case you haven't noticed, these have been unusual times. We are collecting your experiences during all this, whether it be pictures, experiences, or emotions. Keep the submissions coming!

As a repository for county history, Loudoun Museum wants to document and preserve your quarantine stories and is accepting digital donations

We are here to help! It was a pleasure for the Museum staff to video in with fourth graders from the Hillsboro Charter A...
05/23/2020

We are here to help! It was a pleasure for the Museum staff to video in with fourth graders from the Hillsboro Charter Academy to talk Loudoun history. Distant learning has its challenges, and we are determined to help out in any ways that we can.

The past two weeks our HCA fourth grade has explored Loudoun County during the Civil War with two amazing guest speakers. First, local author, historian and award-winning playwright, Meredith Bean McMath, told us about the war through a child's perspective. We learned what a child's day would have looked like in the 1860's, what children played with when their work was done, and how the war meant more responsibilities for children.

This week we welcomed Director of the Loudoun Museum, Dr. Joseph Rizzo, who discussed several different Loudoun citizens with us. He helped us understand how the war meant very different things for neighbors at that time, how Loudoun's location on the Potomac River meant both sides competed for control of its resources, and he told us more about Loudoun's own Civil War battlefield, Ball's Bluff. Many of us are excited to visit the Balls Bluff Battlefield Park and to check out the Loudoun Museum and its Civil War exhibit (when the Museum reopens).

How well do you know the W&OD Trail? Check out our new blog post to find out! https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/from-ra...
05/22/2020
From Rail to Trail: Washington and Old Dominion History

How well do you know the W&OD Trail? Check out our new blog post to find out!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/from-rail-to-trail-washington-and-old-dominion-history

As the weather gets warmer and our quarantine cabin fever worsens, many of us are looking to go outside and have some fun. In this area, one of the most popular attractions is the W&OD Trail, a winding 45 mile paved bike and activities trail that goes from Shirlington in Arlington County all the way...

05/21/2020
Historians on Tap

History on Tap is LIVE! Our historians are joined by Dr. Jeff Tolbert from Penn State this week to discuss some otherworldly stories of Spiritualism through history. Grab a beer and your Ouija board and tune in!

Join us with Dr. Jeff Tolbert as we talk Spirits and Seances!

We agree, Visit Loudoun! Our director has some Solace Brewing Company ready for tonight's livestream "Spirits and Seance...
05/21/2020

We agree, Visit Loudoun! Our director has some Solace Brewing Company ready for tonight's livestream "Spirits and Seances" with the historians from The Mosby Heritage Area Association. Watch live here on facebook tonight at 7.

History, local beer, and a good laugh? That sounds like the perfect trio! ✨🤓

~Tap~ into Historians on Tap every Thursday at 7 PM for weekly segments on local beer AND some local history!

Want to catch up before this week's episode? Check out the their page to binge watch all the previous episodes!

#LoveLoudoun #TakeLoudounHome

Discover the story behind parts of Loudoun Museum's historic furniture collection and how we care for objects like Water...
05/15/2020
Saving Loudoun’s History: Waterford Chairs & Furniture Preservation

Discover the story behind parts of Loudoun Museum's historic furniture collection and how we care for objects like Waterford chairs. Plus, learn how to apply these museum techniques to your furniture at home in this week's preservation-themed blog!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/saving-loudoun-s-history-waterford-chairs-furniture-preservation

The village of Waterford was originally founded in the 1730’s by Amos Janney, a Quaker from Pennsylvania, as “Janney’s Mill” due to the grist and saw mills established there. Historians credit the renaming of the town around 1780 to Thomas Moore, a prominent citizen who emigrated from Waterf...

05/14/2020
Historians on Tap

History on Tap is LIVE (again)! Join our historians and guest Kate Gruber from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as they tell stories of some historically epic fails. Cheers!

Coming back! Very appropriately taking a second stab at "Epic Fails"

05/14/2020
Historians on Tap

History on Tap is LIVE! Join our historians and guest Kate Gruber from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as they tell stories of some historically epic fails. Cheers!

We are LIVE! Join us for some epic Virginia fails with guest Kate Gruber. Chime in with your question and let us know what you're drinking. BYOB

05/12/2020

Grab some coffee and watch our latest Pour Over History interview! This week we spoke with Dr. Adam Domby about his new book, "The False Cause."

Our next Pour Over History interview will post on our page Tuesday morning! Our director will be chatting with ...
05/11/2020

Our next Pour Over History interview will post on our page Tuesday morning! Our director will be chatting with Dr. Adam Domby on his new book “The False Cause.”

05/07/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

History on Tap is LIVE! Join our historians and guest Kevin Pawlak from the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division as they tell unusual stories from the year 1862. Cheers!

Join us for 1862: 2 Hot to Handle!

We are here to help! We have several educational tools to assist  with teaching Loudoun’s history, both for students and...
05/07/2020

We are here to help! We have several educational tools to assist with teaching Loudoun’s history, both for students and teachers! We also love hearing feedback from you. Our website has those resources, including a digital collection and blog that directly has content and suggestions from educators, and our staff continues to help with virtual lectures to teach Loudoun history.

Thank you Middleburg Life for the great article both on our newest exhibit, "Vintage Pursuits," and on the history of th...
05/04/2020
Virginia and Vino—A Perfect Pairing – Middleburg Life

Thank you Middleburg Life for the great article both on our newest exhibit, "Vintage Pursuits," and on the history of the wine industry in Virginia. We hope to have the exhibit available to see again at the Museum and the traveling component at local wineries soon!

By Heidi Baumstark When casks of European wine washed ashore on the dunes of Virginia’s Cape Henry, a band of English settlers took notice. That was April 26, 1607 when explorers made landfall there before founding Jamestown, the nation’s first permanent English settlement, on May 14, 1607.  Ev...

Our latest addition to our Educator Experiences blog series features a post from Keri Alberts, a fourth grade teacher at...
05/01/2020
Educator Experiences: "The Foreseeable Future"

Our latest addition to our Educator Experiences blog series features a post from Keri Alberts, a fourth grade teacher at Ashburn Elementary here in Loudoun County!

Follow the link below to read in her own words how she manages teaching, parenting, and the disappearing line between the two in this week's blog.

www.loudounmuseum.org/post/educator-experiences-the-foreseeable-future

Educator Experiences features local educators discussing their interaction with quarantine and distance education.

04/30/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

BYOB and join us LIVE for History on Tap! Tonight our historians are joined by local musicians Matthew Metz, Jamie Potter, and Bess Putnam to discuss the past and present of music and how it influences culture and community.

Join us live to learn about music in the Heritage Area and beyond!

Our staff has greatly enjoyed being able to provide local history through social media and our website, and we hope our ...
04/29/2020
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Our staff has greatly enjoyed being able to provide local history through social media and our website, and we hope our weekly blogs, History on Tap episodes, and interviews have helped during this stressful time. We remain committed to finding new ways to promote Loudoun history! If you have enjoyed the virtual content, and are looking for ways to be a part of the Museum, below is a link to become a member. We appreciate having you as a part of our community, whether it be virtually or in person (when we finally reopen!)

Due to COVID-19, the Loudoun Museum is closed as a precaution until further notice. Follow us here and on Facebook for Museum and programming updates.

We want your stories! This is a unique and challenging time for everyone, and we want to help document your experiences....
04/28/2020
Loudoun Museum seeks submissions for 'COVID Community Archive'

We want your stories! This is a unique and challenging time for everyone, and we want to help document your experiences. If you're looking for ways to do so, we have some tips in our Pour Over History interview that was posted yesterday on Facebook!

Though it has been forced to shut its doors during the coronavirus pandemic, the Loudoun Museum in downtown Leesburg is hoping to facilitate solidarity through a virtual "COVID Community Archive"

04/27/2020

Are you wondering how to document your experiences for our virtual exhibit? Our director interviewed The Tattooed Historian for this week's Pour Over History series to talk about some useful tips for recording your thoughts during this unique time.

Last week Loudoun Museum invited local educators to share their experiences with teaching and learning during quarantine...
04/24/2020
Educator Experiences: Social Studies & Social Distance

Last week Loudoun Museum invited local educators to share their experiences with teaching and learning during quarantine for our weekly blog. Our first guest blog is written by Mandie Sayers, a social studies teacher at Auburn Middle School in neighboring Fauquier County about her experience with incorporating pandemics and distance education into her curriculum.

We want to hear your story! Upcoming blogs will feature local educators and their experiences- please consider sharing yours with us!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/educator-experiences-social-studies-social-distance

Loudoun Museum invites local educators and students to share their experiences with distance education and quarantine in our weekly blog.

04/23/2020
Historians on Tap

Join us LIVE for History on Tap! This week we are joined by military historian James Taub to talk about war and memory. BYOB!

Join us live to talk about history with some of our favorite historians!

04/23/2020

We’ll be LIVE in 30 minutes for this week’s episode of History on Tap! Grab a drink and join us as we talk about war and memory.

04/21/2020

Pour Over History - Interview with Dr. Lauren Thompson.

Our director interviewed Lauren about her upcoming book - Friendly Enemies: Soldier Fraternization Throughout the American Civil War. Grab your coffee this morning and join us for some history!

The next interview for our Pour Over History series will post tomorrow morning on Facebook! Our director will interview ...
04/20/2020

The next interview for our Pour Over History series will post tomorrow morning on Facebook! Our director will interview Dr. Lauren Thompson on her upcoming book about soldier fraternization in Virginia during the Civil War.

Loudoun Museum wants to provide a platform to highlight educators in our community that have creatively adapted to the c...
04/17/2020
Historic Preservation & Education at Home: Distance Education and Museums

Loudoun Museum wants to provide a platform to highlight educators in our community that have creatively adapted to the changing times. Upcoming blog posts will feature these educators and their experiences, helping us stay connected and educated throughout the quarantine.

This week's blog features an educational program from pre-quarantine days, a discussion about material culture, and an at-home educational activity about historic preservation! Check it out, then send us your stories about your education experience!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/historic-preservation-education-at-home-distance-education-and-museums

Loudoun Museum wants to provide a platform to highlight educators in our community that have creatively adapted to the changing times.

04/16/2020
Historians on Tap

Join us LIVE for History on Tap! This week we are talking about history, myths, and legends with special guest Dr. Jeff Tolbert, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Penn State, Harrisburg.

Exploring History, Myth and Legend! Leave us a comment and byob

Tough call here!
04/15/2020

Tough call here!

Who are YOU in the Zoom meeting? The Civil War edition.

Sometimes wildlife can give you a reminder to keep a 6 ft distance 🐍. At least spring has arrived in Loudoun!
04/14/2020

Sometimes wildlife can give you a reminder to keep a 6 ft distance 🐍. At least spring has arrived in Loudoun!

Wanted: Stories from our community! We have begun the process of documenting these historic times and how our community ...
04/10/2020
Collecting COVID Memories: Documenting Historic Times Today

Wanted: Stories from our community! We have begun the process of documenting these historic times and how our community is affected by COVID-19. Our latest blog post provides instructions on how to submit your stories.

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/collecting-covid-memories-documenting-historic-times-today

As a repository for county history, Loudoun Museum wants to document and preserve your quarantine stories and is accepting digital donations

04/09/2020

Technical difficulties! History on Tap will be LIVE in just a few minutes. 🍺

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