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National Sporting Library Expands Mission, Changes Name

June 9, 2010
MIDDLEBURG, VA – The Board of Directors of the National Sporting Library has announced a name change for the institution. It is now known as the National Sporting Library and Fine Art Museum.

In September 2009, the NSL broke ground on a construction project to renovate and add a new wing to Vine Hill (the old Chronicle of the Horse building). In the fall of 2011, the newly renovated Vine Hill will open as the National Sporting Art Museum with the inaugural exhibition, “Afield in America: Four Hundred Years of Animal and Sporting Art, 1585-1985.”

In 2005, Vine Hill was given to the NSL by the estate of George L. Ohrstrom, Jr, who led the Board of the Library for forty-nine years. The National Sporting Library and the National Sporting Art Museum will function as a single institution and unified campus for the study and enjoyment of the history, art, and literature of horse and field sports. The art museum’s eleven galleries will feature temporary exhibits and the Museum’s permanent collection of American & European fine sporting art.

The National Sporting Library is a center for research into horse and field sports, including foxhunting, Thoroughbred racing, dressage, eventing, steeplechasing, polo, coaching, shooting, and angling. It is open to the public Tuesday–Friday 10–4 and Saturday 1–4. For more information, call 540-687-6542 or click here.