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Lectures, Seminars, Classes & Tours 

The Thomas Balch Library offers a full range of events, including lectures by authors, seminars on genealogy and historic research, walking tours of downtown Leesburg, and other special events.  

Also, be sure to check out our rotating and digital exhibits.


Other Library Events

A Hope and a Future: Images from the Lives of Refugees

(Rescheduled from 2/17/2019)

  • Date: 03/10/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Thomas Balch Library
    208 W Market St
    Leesburg, Virginia 20176
  • Introduction: Constance de Bordenave - Images from the Lives of Refugees

Painting by Constance de BordenaveThe artist will describe her response to the ongoing refugee crisis through her art. She will cover the creation of the series “Reaching Toward a Hope and a Future” which includes images from the lives of refugees as they journey toward a better life. This series has travelled to ten libraries across Virginia during the past two years. The artist will also share information from her trip to Europe taken during the summer of 2018 to visit refugees and refugee agencies.

Constance de Bordenave grew up next door to the Thomas Balch Library and many of her happiest childhood memories took place here. She has been a painter since childhood, inheriting her artistic abilities from her father Winslow Williams and her grandmother Pauline Winslow. Constance graduated from Sweet Briar College with a major in Art History. For twenty years she was a jewelry designer and silversmith. For the past ten years she has been painting portraits and figurative art. Her work reflects the worth and dignity of her subjects: in the case of this series, the families, children, and nations affected by the refugee crisis.

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