On January 10, 2016, the family and friends of Middleburg’s legendary photographer Howard Allen, attended ceremonies at Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library officially adding his oral history to the library’s permanent research collection on the history of Loudoun County

In a video presented by Patty Rogers-Renner, Balch Board Member Sarah Huntington, and Drew Babb, Allen outlined in delightful detail his long career in photography, with special emphasis on his close personal and professional relationship with the family of President John F. Kennedy.

The document may be currently viewed at the Balch as part of the library’s growing oral history collection.  It will soon be accessible on line.

The Allen presentation took place at the library’s 21st annual Board Meeting.  Eightenn Directors were unanimously elected:  Brock Bierman, Donna Bohanon, Jeffrey Bolyard, Perry Epes, Francis Fera, Richard Gillespie, Sarah Huntington, Lee Lawrence, Lewis Leigh, Jr, James Lucier, Sharon Parker, William Ray, Patty Rogers-Renner, Ronald Rust, Dorothy Shetterly, Susan Webber, and Suzi Worsham.

The Thomas Balch Memorial Library is the region’s premier history and genealogy library. It is owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. Collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. It is designated as an Underground Railroad research site.

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