Thomas Balch Library Announces 2021 Loudoun History Awards Recipients

Two recipients have received this year’s Loudoun History Award based on their contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past. Due to COVID-19, this year’s honorees will be recognized during next year’s Loudoun History Awards ceremony in November 2022.

Michael R. Napper has been recognized for his many contributions to preservation and documentation of the memory of African Americans in Loudoun County’s history.

The Family and Friends of the Mount Sinai Cemetery, Claudette Bard, Ron Campbell, Edward W. Spannaus, and Howard Gilbert Timbers, Jr., has been recognized for their many contributions to the conservation and documentation of African American cemeteries in Lovettsville.

In addition, The Black History Committee of Friends of the Thomas Balch Library has been given special recognition for their commemorative efforts in connection with Frederick Douglass Elementary School.

Each recipient has preserved Loudoun’s past through a collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-time commitment to local history organizations.

For more information contact the Library Director, Alexandra S. Gressitt, at or by phone at 703-737-7195.

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

Claudette Bard
Ron Campbell
Ron Campbell
Ed Spannaus
Gilbert Timbers
Michael Napper

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