Last summer, the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact (MPCCI) team was hard at work planning for a school year that held many unknowns. As a partner with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), our mission is to provide students with authentic, real-world experiences that help them develop the skills needed to become active and engaged community members. These experiences, which typically take place in the classroom or during field trips to Morven Park, require a great deal of planning, collaboration, and communication.
As we tried to determine how we could best help during extraordinary circumstances, our thought processes began with a lot of questions:
• Will the students be back in the classroom at all this school year? If so, will we be invited?
• Will teachers still be following the same curriculum pacing?
• Will teachers want, or even have time to provide, an adapted MPCCI lesson for their students?
Morven Park is excited to announce that the Davis Mansion will re-open for tours starting Friday, June 18.
Morven Park is excited to announce the return of Polo in the Park this summer! Visitors can enjoy picnicking and arena polo matches every Saturday evening from July 17th through August 21st. Season schedule details can be found at PoloInThePark.org.
Each month we will introduce you to a member of the Park's team or Board of Trustees. This month we're profiling Jana Shafagoj, Morven Park's Director of Preservation & History.
In this "Meet Morven Park" segment, we catch up with Michael O'Connor, co-Vice President of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees.
Morven Park’s April exhibit at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, entitled “Gallivanting Around the World: Trinkets and Souvenirs from the Morven Park Collection,” explores how the Davises’ eclectic décor and furnishings reflected the cultural attitudes of wealthy Americans during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Morven Park’s Spring Horse Trials were held this weekend at the Park’s famed equestrian center and welcomed over 200 competitors. The annual event features horse and rider combinations competing in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.
Meet Morven Park!
Each month we will introduce you to a member of the Park's staff or Board of Trustees. This month we're profiling Sonny Swann, co-Vice President of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees.
Sonny Swann, a lifelong resident of Loudoun County and President of Climatic Heating & Cooling, is entering his fifth year of service on the WDMF Board of Trustees. Mr. Swann graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and previously worked as an IT consultant. In addition to serving on the Park's board, Sonny has a seat on the advisory board for the Bank of Charles Town and is a board member at The Arc of Loudoun. To hear about Mr. Swann's perfect day at Morven Park and his deep connection to the grounds and mansion, click on the video below.