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Hillsboro Heritage Days

posted Sep 12, 2016, 3:31 PM by Cal ender   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 3:31 PM ]
Hillsboro Heritage Days are coming! Take a journey back to 1916. 
Dear Hillsboro Area Residents & Friends:

For three days—September 29, 30, October 1—Hillsboro will be transported back 100 years to the fall of 1916. This year's Hillsboro Heritage Days will be among the first events in Loudoun County's three-year World War I Commemoration program, and one of the first WWI commemorative events in the Commonwealth. 

In the fall of 1916, Americans were debating whether the U.S. should enter the European war, which had begun in 1914 and after the loss of millions of lives was, in the fall of 1916, mired in a gruesome stalemate. President Woodrow Wilson's reelection campaign was built around his pledge to stay out of the war, while his challenger, Charles Evans Hughes, urged Americans to be prepared for war.

Hillsboro Heritage Days will capture the context and feel of the fall of 1916, as Virginians pondered the prospect of war, prepared to vote for president, reacted to the Commonwealth's new prohibition law, and debated whether Virginian women should be allowed to vote. Read All About it Here

I hope you will all join us to decorate Hillsboro the week prior to Heritage Days to recapture 1916 with Wilson and Hughes campaign signs, pro- and anti-prohibition signs and suffragist signs. Join us as "actors" to create the historical vignettes that will occur Thursday and Friday nights and during the "Gaptoberfest" on Saturday

More information on how to participate will be forthcoming soon, but for now

Roger L. Vance
Mayor, Town of Hillsboro