Date(s) – February 17, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cascades Overlook Event Center
In Honor Of Black History Month, on February 17 the Loudoun Freedom Center will present exhibits, presentations, and a “history harvest,” with expert conservators, historians, educators, entrepreneurs, and specialists in their fields providing their knowledge and perspectives.
The Loudoun Freedom Center’s “I am Loudoun Digitization & Mapping Project” invites Loudoun citizens to bring their artifacts, photos, and heirlooms. Multigenerational photos will be taken of those native to Loudoun County for the African American Historic Communities Map project. Other presentations include:
• Looking Blackwards Exhibit – Jay Johnson
• The Advocacy Of Art Exhibit – Gertrude Evans
• Dominion High School Choir
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speech: “Our Heroes: African Americans in Times Of War Program”
Break Out Sessions
11:15 to 12:00
1. Power, Prestige and Plantations: The Cultural Landscape and Strategic Design of Slavery. -Lori Hinterleiter Kimball, Oatlands Historic House & Gardens.
2. Advocacy Communications: How To Strengthen The Direct Action Movement and Effect Change.
3. Collaboration w/ Community and Non Profit Partners: Gather, Listen and Learn from Voices That Make A Difference
4. Back To The Future: Getting a Return on your Preservation Investment- Heidi Siebentriett, Dr. David Clark
5. Fulfilling the Strength of America, A Direction for Civil Rights – Dr. George P. Banks
12:15 – 1:00
1. Edwin Washington Project – Larry Roeder, EWP Founder
2. Are You a Unicorn? Dreams, Investments & Entrepreneurship
3. Speaking With a Unified Voice: How To Build Faith Coalitions to Achieve Greater Impact.
4. Tips and Tricks for Researching Historic Records – Eric Larson, Loudoun County Historic Records Manager
1:15-2:00 Panel Discussion: Resolving the Issue of Race
The Purcellville Historical Society, in conjunction with current students and graduates of the Northern Virginia Community College Historic Preservation Program, will be on hand to document items brought into the History Harvest.
An ad hoc committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition has published “Suggestions and Recommendations for Building a Sustainable Rural Community.” The report examines the serious threats to Loudoun’s scenic rural areas and sets forth an action plan for preserving this unique and economically, environmentally and regionally valued portion of the county, and its recommendations focus on improving the rural economy in a way that maintains the quality of life for current residents. The committee, organized in November 2016 by Read More →
“The History of Aldie Village” is a 90-minute presentation set for 5: 30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Aldie United Methodist Church, 39325 John Mosby Highway in Aldie. The presentation will include the general history and Civil War history of the village, and the history of three historic structures Loudoun County plans to demolish to build an 18,000 square foot fire station to serve new housing developments several miles away on the east side of Route 15. The event Read More →
Last night the Board of Supervisors voted, against staff recommendations and strong opposition by citizens, 5-4 to deny a motion by Supervisor Geary Higgins to disapprove the True North data center on the banks of Goose Creek. Supervisors Ron Myer, Matt Letourneau, Kristen Umstattd, Suzanne Volpe, and Koran Saines voted to place the data center, in undisturbed farmland, upstream of the public water intake along Goose Creek, setting a precedent for industrial development of the entire Transition Area. A second Read More →
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors will consider at its November 15 meeting a proposal to rezone a parcel next to Goose Creek, a State Scenic River, to allow construction of a large 9-building data center complex. Citizen and citizen group objections include environmental ones (vast addition of impervious surfaces adding runoff to the creek, just upstream of public water intakes, removal of 90% percent of tree cover on the site, which further helps buffer contaminants from entering the water supply, Read More →
An analysis of the thousands of comments by Loudoun County citizens who participated in the Envision Loudoun public input sessions shows overwhelming support for limiting growth (except around the Silver Line stations), addressing traffic congestion, providing better transit and multimodal options, more open space, parkland, and trails. The analysis was conducted by members of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Comp Plan Review Committee. A summary of their work can be downloaded here. Envision Loudoun. Are the Stakeholders Committee and Read More →
Citizens who make up the Transition Area Alliance have presented a white paper to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to support their position that this planning area should remain a buffer between the suburban east and rural west, as the Comprehensive Plan revision process advances. The Transition Area Alliance advocates for: Maintaining the existing Transition Policy Area and current densities and open space; Using a watershed protection strategy that includes PDRs,development and conservation easements and county land purchases to Read More →
In the 2016 and 2017 General Assembly sessions, Delegate John Bell (Loudoun-87th district) introduced legislation to require Light Emitting Diode (LED) outdoor lighting for all state government entities (the bills did not advance to a full House of Delegates vote either year). While the commitment to energy efficiency is laudable, the proposed legislation failed to incorporate necessary criteria for responsible outdoor lighting in order to prevent the harmful safety, aesthetic, and environmental impacts of low quality LED. The Virginia chapter Read More →
Members of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition have read and carefully categorized all of the public comments from the first series of Envision Loudoun public input sessions. Read the summary here. Please continue to push your supervisors to support the vision that CITIZENS have articulated. County planners (who are writing the plan) continue to state that thousands of new homes are “needed” in the Transition Area; citizens instead support housing growth along the Silver Line metro stations. Please Read More →