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SAVE THE DATE--June 10, 2017 
MHAA will once again host a reunion for descendants of soldiers who rode with Mosby's Rangers, 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, during the Civil War. More information will follow in the months to come, but mark the date on your calendars now so you can be with us on June 10, 2017.


Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.
Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape 

Purcellville Library
220 East Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Purcellville Library on January 29th, at 2:00pm, will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close friends and history associates that have shared their experiences with him.  They illustrate a nice selection of Loudoun's history and show off key pieces of the county's historical landscape you may want to visit—if you should be so bold.   For, as you spend more time with the local historical landscape, its depth and richness will touch you in many ways . . .
The program will be in the upstairs fireplace room of the library, 220 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132.  Reservations are not required.  There is no admission.
Loudoun County has some of the best preserved historical landscape in the country, side-by-side with the rapid growth of its eastern exurban communities.  Key pieces of the nation's history have played out here, and within the many stories of Loudoun's "times past" rest a whole different batch of tales.  For there are places in Loudoun where today’s preserved historic landscapes retain that certain something, an impossible remnant--tailbone-shivering, irregular, certainly uncomfortable, and inexplicable . . .These are the haunts on the Loudoun landscape . . . 

Left: The 1832 Unison Methodist Church; Right: Civil War soldier graffiti inside the Unison Methodist Church

Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m.
Not Your Grandfather's Civil War 

Unison Methodist Church
21148 Unison Road
Middleburg, VA 20117

Come hear inspiring young historians debate the Turning Points of the Civil War and other topics in the historic 1832 Unison Methodist Church, a hospital for Union soldiers in the fall of 1862 and bearer of Civil War soldier graffiti.

The panel of historians includes:

Bill Backus, Site Manager, Bristoe Station Battlefield; co-author of A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign, October 9-19, 1863

Kevin Pawlak, Director of Education, Mosby Heritage Area Association; author of Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital

Ryan Quint, Park Historian, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park; author of Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864

Dan Welch, Park Ranger, Gettysburg National Military Park; co-author of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863

These young historians, scholars, and authors are members of the group Emerging Civil War, and they provide fresh perspectives on the Civil War, 152 years after the fact.  They offer up-and-coming opinions, fresh eyes, and new research on topics that have held our interest for generations.  Come connect with these young historians in this interactive panel discussion - you may even learn something new yourself!

Tickets are $15 per person.  The historians will have their books for sale.  To register online, click below, or call (540) 687-5188 to reserve your spot today.

Purchase your tickets here
Historic Rector's Crossroads - today's Atoka - has not changed much since the Civil War rolled through this small, historic village.

Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Legends by Lanternlight: Remembrances of Rector's Crossroads

Middleburg Montessori School
7274 Rectors Lane
Marshall, VA 20115

Hear the stories of Rector's Crossroads (modern-day Atoka) from the perspective of the people who lived and passed through here during the Civil War.  The program will be led by the costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group.

Rector's Crossroads saw soldiers passing through it throughout much of the Civil War. Mosby's Rangers used the crossroads village as a point of rendezvous for approximately half of their raids during the conflict, and it was also here that Mosby officially formed his command.  Come learn these stories and more as part of a lantern-lit tour of this historic village.

Walking is required.  Please dress appropriately.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door.

For questions, please call (540) 687-5188.

James Monroe, 5th President of the United States, called Loudoun's Oak Hill home.  The home will be open as part of the James Monroe Symposium being hosted by MHAA on March 11.

Saturday, March 11, 9:30 a.m.
The James Monroe Inauguration: A Bicentennial Commemoration and Reflection

Church of Our Saviour Oatlands
20340 James Monroe Highway
Leesburg, VA 20175

Commemorate the 200th anniversary of James Monroe's inauguration as President of the United States.  Monroe served as President from 1817 to 1825.  He is locally known as Loudoun County's resident President.

The program will be held at Church of Our Saviour Oatlands followed by a reception at James Monroe's Loudoun County home, Oak Hill.    

Speakers at the symposium include Scott Harris, Executive Director of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library; Dan Preston, Editor of the James Monroe Papers; Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe's Highland; and, Gordon Kray, sculptor of the James Monroe Statue in Williamsburg.

Tickets are $110 for each MHAA member, and $125 for the general public.  Your registration includes lunch at Church of Our Saviour Oatlands and refreshments at Oak Hill.  Purchase your tickets below or by calling (540) 687-6681.

Detailed Schedule of Events
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Since Our Last Newsletter in Photos
Thursday, January 12
The Fireside Mosby: Revolutionary Loudoun, 1774-1784
Former MHAA intern Doug Breton unveiled his driving tour of Loudoun County sites related to the American Revolution in front of 58 people at the Middleburg Montessori School (bottom left [courtesy of Don Owen] and bottom right).  Top: Loudoun County dedicated this monument on the grounds of the county courthouse in 2015, honoring the men, women, and children of the county who contributed to the American war effort.
From the Window of MHAA's Executive Director, Jennifer Moore...
While not such a new face to many of you, I have just become MHAA’s third Executive Director. I have been working at MHAA since 2012 in a variety of roles. I have worked alongside my two esteemed predecessors, Rich Gillespie and Judy Reynolds, and bring to the position the benefit of their training and institutional knowledge. Because of that, I have hit the ground running in this new position. You can rest assured that MHAA will keep operating in much the same way as it has in recent years, preserving our shared history and heritage. 

Born and raised in Loudoun County, I live in Hamilton with my two sons and husband, Greg. I graduated from Mary Washington College with a history degree and went right to work at the Waterford Foundation. Next, I worked at the Journey through Hallowed Ground. From there, I came to MHAA in 2012.  My passion is Virginia history and culture.

I’m blessed to have found meaningful, sustaining work in my beloved history field. I remember the page-a-day calendar on my desk in my senior year of college – it was a “laugh a day” theme. The week of graduation, the laugh of the day offering was “A Short List: Job Opportunities for History Majors” and I had a few fears about heading out into that big old world with that forecast.

And yet I made it work because of the people who believed in me and fed the passion – my high school history teacher, Rich Gillespie, and my college adviser and professor, Dr. William B. Crawley. If you listen to the opinions of young people, help them form their own views about historic events, and let them in on the fascinating human drama that is history, you might just encourage and foment a future historian who makes a go of a career in this field.

Don’t discourage someone from studying history for fear of never finding employment. It might just happen. History springs eternal.
Jennifer Moore 

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