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Thomas Balch Library to Host Civil War 150 Legacy Project Document Scanning Event on April 9, 2011
Thomas Balch Library to Host Civil War 150 Legacy Project Document Scanning Event on April 9, 2011

Residents are invited to bring family manuscripts to be scanned, preserving them for future generations

From the Town of Leesburg – The Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, in partnership with Thomas Balch Library of History & Genealogy, is offering an event on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at which Town and County residents may have their family manuscripts from the Civil War era scanned for future generations to learn from and enjoy. 

The scanning event is part of the Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access, created by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia.  These two organizations have partnered to create a statewide online collection of original Civil War-era manuscripts that still remain in private hands.  Items may include diaries, letters, reminiscences, damage claims, sketches, photographs, and other printed materials.  The Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction.  Citizens are encouraged to bring original family materials to be scanned and included in the Project.  Scanned materials will be made available on the web via the Library of Virginia web site and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission web site.

Civil War 150 Legacy Project staff will be visiting Loudoun County on Saturday, April 9, 2011.  The event will take place from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Thomas Balch Library of History and Genealogy, located at 208 West Market Street in Leesburg.  Appointments are strongly recommended, as only a limited number of walk-ins may be accommodated.  Appointments may be scheduled by contacting Tracy Gillespie at 703-327-9777 or by e-mail at tgillespie@nvrpa.org.

About the Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee:  The Loudoun County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee was established by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors on December 2, 2008 to coordinate the commemoration of the American Civil War in Loudoun County and to participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s state-wide efforts to remember all who lived, fought and died during this defining time in our American history, resulting in an inclusive, positive legacy and long-term benefit for residents of and visitors to Loudoun  County.

About the Civil War 150 Legacy Project:  The Civil War 150 Legacy Project is a multi-year initiative to locate, digitize and provide world-wide access to the private documentary heritage of the American Civil War era located throughout Virginia.  Working with local Sesquicentennial Committees already established by the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and through a partnership with the Library of Virginia and a network of statewide connections, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project will provide individuals an opportunity to have their historic letters, diaries and other collections scanned to preserve their valuable intellectual content.

About the Library of Virginia:  The Library of Virginia (www.lva.virginia.gov), located in Richmond, holds the world’s most extensive collection of material about the Old Dominion and has been a steward of the Commonwealth’s documentary and printed heritage since 1823.  The Library holds nearly 113 million manuscripts and more than 1.9 million books, serials, bound periodicals, and other documents.

About the Thomas Balch Library:  The Thomas Balch Library is a history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town Of Leesburg. The Library holds collections focusing on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, ethnic history and military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War and is a designated Underground Railroad research site.  The Thomas Balch Library hosts lecture series, classes on research strategies, exhibits and tours and operate a small bookstore of local and regional history and genealogy materials.  For more information, please visit www.leesburgva.gov/library.