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TOL PR 2016-09-06 Loudoun History Awards Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Nominations for 2016 Loudoun History Awards Now Open Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission will accept nominations through October 10, 2016. Leesburg, VA (September 6, 2016) – Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission seeks nominations for the 24th annual Loudoun History Awards. These awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing and long- term involvement in local history organizations. Last year, Donna Bohanon and Al Van Huyck were the 2015 Loudoun History Award recipients. The Loudoun History Awards will be presented on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 2:00pm, at the Thomas Balch Library. Letters of nomination should include a statement elaborating the nominees’ accomplishments. Newspaper articles, program announcements, publications, or other supporting information that provides evidence of the nominee’s accomplishments may be included. Contact information for the nominee and nominator must accompany the nomination and may be emailed to agressitt@leesburgva.gov or mailed to: Alexandra S. Gressitt, Library Director Thomas Balch Library 208 West Market Street Leesburg, VA 20176 Deadline for nominations is Monday, October 10, 2016. For more information, contact Alexandra S. Gressitt at 703-737-7195 or agressitt@leesburgva.gov. About the Thomas Balch Library: Thomas Balch Library is a history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. A designated Underground Railroad research site, the Library’s collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. For more information, visit www.leesburgva.gov/ThomasBalchLibrary. # # #