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Thomas Balch Library Offers Free Walking Tour on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tour highlights places associated with the Johnston family.

Post Date:05/12/2017 5:00 PM
Archivist Ben TayloeLeesburg, VA (May 12, 2017) – On Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m., Thomas Balch Library archivist Ben Tayloe will lead a free walking tour of downtown Leesburg, focusing on the homes and businesses associated with the Johnston family. The tour will begin and end at the Thomas Balch Library (208 West Market Street) and will last approximately two hours.

Donated to the Thomas Balch Library in 2010, the Charles A. Johnston Collection contains family papers and artifacts of the Johnston family of Leesburg and many of their closest personal and business acquaintances. It is the most diverse collection held by the library, incorporating manuscript materials, rare books, photographs, film and memorabilia. This collection, full of everyday items and individual stories, offers a view of life in Leesburg and Loudoun County from the late 1700s through the 20th century.

Ben Tayloe, Project Archivist of The Charles A. Johnston Collection at Thomas Balch Library, has historic preservation experience in both the private and public sectors. For the past three years, he has been cataloging and processing the Johnston collection to make it accessible to researchers.

For people who are unable to attend on May 20, the tour can be self-guided. Tour guide booklets are available for free at the library for visitors who would like to learn about the Johnston family while exploring historic downtown Leesburg.

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