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July 28, 2020

Mosby Heritage Area Association changes name

The organization has changed its name to the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association.
We are committed to continue examining every aspect of our complex history to develop a deeper understanding of our past, foster constructive dialogue, and preserve the area’s unique beauty.
— C. Dulany Morison, association chairman
The Fauquier-based Mosby Heritage Area Association — named for the Confederate cavalry commander who lived much of his life in Warrenton — has changed its name.

The change comes as state and local governments remove Confederate statues and rename schools and roads that have honored those who fought for the South in the Civil War. The wave of changes has followed the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, energizing the Black Lives Matter campaign and sparking a nationwide reckoning.

Founded a quarter-century ago, the association has its headquarters in the Village of Atoka, between Middleburg and Upperville.

The association four years ago changed its logo to reflect a mission beyond Civil War history.

Heritage area Chairman C. Dulany Morison announced the decision in a press release Tuesday afternoon:

As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations this year, the nonprofit education and preservation organization known as the Mosby Heritage Area Association has thoroughly reviewed how the organization can ensure the continued protection of the area’s extraordinary landscape and its history in the next quarter-century.

After extensive discussions, the Board of Directors has decided to retire the organization’s name and adopt one that more accurately captures the broad scope of its mission to highlight all the diverse history, from the time of the Native Americans through the twentieth century, that has taken place in the Heritage Area. The organization will now be known as the “Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association” (VPHA).

“Our mission of Preservation Through Education is as important today as ever,” said C. Dulany Morison, the Chair of the Heritage Area Association. “We are committed to continue examining every aspect of our complex history to develop a deeper understanding of our past, foster constructive dialogue, and preserve the area’s unique beauty.”

The Heritage Area Association will continue to offer student and adult education programs that ask thought-provoking questions, address history’s difficult truths, and provide scholarly context of our local history. Since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions, the Heritage Area Association has offered digital remote learning resources several days a week. The reach of these programs has been remarkable, as people from across the country have engaged with our history through virtual historic site tours, Zoom panel discussions with noted historians, and Facebook Live events.

The President of the Heritage Area Association, Jennifer Moore, who has long served the organization, said, “We have spent a considerable amount of time over the years explaining that our focus goes far beyond just the Civil War. With the name change our broad mission will now be far more apparent to those who are unfamiliar with our organization.”

The future of the Heritage Area is bright and the three fulltime staff and eighteen Directors are excited to announce “Piedmont Crossroads,” a project that will explore the past 500 years of history in the Heritage Area. The project will include comprehensive programs done in partnership with other local organizations to share our knowledge together.

The Board of Directors of the Heritage Area Association encourages everyone to visit http://www.piedmontheritage.org and to follow the organization on social media to learn about their virtual and in-person offerings and to continue supporting their vital mission as they have done for twenty-five years.

“The amount of varied history in the Heritage Area is endless,” Jennifer Moore said, “and we look forward to delving deeper into its extraordinary history.”
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Pete Nowotny · July 29, 2020 at 7:26 am
What an asshole move.
Truepat · July 29, 2020 at 6:47 am
You can't erase culture and history.....
Linda Ward · July 28, 2020 at 8:57 pm
VPHAA - Good on them. History needs to be taught with the good as well as the bad, but the bad should not be made into honorable acts to suit the ones telling the story.
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