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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 Mary Lou Leipheimer, 2021 president of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation (WDMF) Board of Trustees, to learn more about her background and her love for Morven Park.

In this blog post we highlight the sequence of events and process that led to the launch of the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact's digitization project. Virtual learning has become a reality for most school systems, and Morven Park is eager to move forward with the professional digitization of our curriculum for the benefit of LCPS and beyond. Morven Park thanks The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Loudoun Chamber Foundation, and a private donor for their assistance in funding the initial phase of this project.

The Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation (WDMF) is pleased to announce that Stacey Metcalfe has been selected as the next Executive Director/CEO of Morven Park, effective January 11, 2021. WDMF is a nonprofit organization that owns and operates Morven Park, a 1,000-acre park on the north side of Leesburg that is a popular destination for visitors and the local community, with its historic house museum, walking and hiking trails, formal boxwood gardens, and renowned equestrian center.

Sheryl Williams, Executive Director of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation (WDMF), the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Morven Park, announced plans to retire in 2021.

Can we all agree this year has been weird? Nothing went as planned and no one knows exactly what the next few months are going to bring. I am here to tell you that the holidays are going to be weird too, but there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate with the ones you love in special Covid-friendly ways.

Find/Use Your Voice. Research Current Issues. Take Responsibility. Make an Impact. These are the four core values of the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact. Voting is one way to practice all four civic values at once!

While national elections typically receive more attention, local elections can have a major impact on daily life. Individuals elected to serve as mayors, council members, county officials, or school board members will implement voters’ decisions on ballot issues concerning taxes, school construction, transportation, etc. Depending on your town or city of residence, be aware that you may have many decisions to make.

Back in April, we were one month into a global pandemic, all Loudoun County Public Schools’ (LCPS) buildings were closed for the rest of the school year, and teachers and administrators were trying to figure out how to successfully transition to 100 percent online learning. The Morven Park Center for Civic Impact (MPCCI) team quickly started revising some of our lessons to fit the needs of this new classroom environment so that we could provide assistance to teachers and parents. As a result, over 1,000 students participated in the virtual lessons we offered this spring.

Morven Park will host the Morven Park Fall Horse Trials, offering Novice through Advanced level competition! Registration via will open on August 18. Morven Park has proudly featured annual horse trials since 1974 and looks forward to welcoming equestrians to compete in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.

The FEI levels originally scheduled have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This would have been the first time a CCI4*-L was offered at Morven Park. Park staff were anticipating a record number of competitors, volunteers, and officials to attend from around the United States and other countries.