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Purcellville Blog: Short Hill Historical Society hosts spring event

Sandy Simmers and Jan Goodrich at the welcome table. Courtesy Photo/Amie Ware
With a new name and a renewed focus, the Short Hill Historical Society kicked off the spring season with an event at Silverbrook Farm April 2.

More than 60 people attended the festivities, which included a potluck buffet and discussion about the organization’s plans for historic preservation and future projects.

Presenters included Mark Ware, president of the Short Hill Historical Society, Dot Shetterly, owner of Silverbrook Farm, Lee Walker of the Hillsboro Ruritans, Luke Greer, photographer, and Claire Cutshall, board member of the Short Hill Historical Society.

Shetterly shared the story of preservation and restoration at Silverbrook Farm, located outside the town of Hillsboro, and she gave tours of her home. Greer, a photographer who focuses on history, shared how he became interested in history and the impact photographs of historic locations had on him, and how powerful photographs are in preserving history and helping transport people to the places where history was made.

Mark Ware, president of the Short Hill Historical Society, opened up the presentations with a quick history of the nonprofit, which was formed in 1976 as the Hillsboro Community Association.

In the first few months of this new phase, the Short Hill Historical Society has already started to work on two projects. The first is to restore the Wright brothers’ mother’s sign that is at the corner of Gaver Mill Road and Charles Town Pike. This sign was erected in 1929 by a garden club located nearly 100 miles away when they learned that the Hillsboro where the Wright brothers’ mother lived was not the one located in their area, but the one in Loudoun County.

The second project is a multi-year effort to gather the information, facts, stories and photographs of historic homes, landmarks and people in the region as a way to preserve history. The nonprofit is asking everyone in the area for their help in sharing historic information they have.

One of the highlights of the event was when Lee Walker of the Hillsboro Ruritans presented the Short Hill Historical Society with a generous check for $1,000 in support of its efforts.

For more information about the Short Hill Historical Society, how to become a member or make a donation or to volunteer, follow their Facebook page or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Harmony students participate in Bee the Change

Harmony Middle School students hosted their first annual "Bee the Change" night on March 29. Students were asked to research a social issue of their choice, such as smoking, texting and driving, homelessness and human trafficking. They they wrote a persuasive letter to a legislator asking for more awareness or new legislation concerning those social issues. Next, they used their research to create a "piece for social change," such as a video, art, brochure, or documentation of volunteering in the community.

Each class selected two winners, and their projects will be on display in the cafeteria.

From those winners, a guest judge panel made up of Dr. Schmidt-Moore, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, principal Eric Stewart and PTA president Dana Carmichael chose one grand prize winner, who will receive a donation to a charity of their choice associated with the social issue.

The winners were: first place, Rainer Halveland, $150 to ECHO; fan favorite, Sophie D'Agostino, $100 to Healing Hooves (Loudoun Therapeutic Riding); tie for Teacher Favorite -- Ian Doyle, $50 to Humane Society, and Lindsey Bergman, $50 to Reasons Eating Disorders Center.

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