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Guided Tours

The Reston Museum offers live tours on a regular basis. The guided tours, for children and adults, will review the early plans for Reston dating back to the early 1960s and outline the revolutionary concepts that impacted the planning and development of communities in America. The presentations will also include a walking tour of Washington Plaza at the historic Lake Anne Village Center to illustrate the principles behind the creation of plazas, townhouses in the suburbs, public art, diversity of housing choices, protection of open space, and walkable communities with residential units, business and retail all located in one place.

For more information and to schedule a tour, call Reston Museum at: 703-709-7700.


Reston 50/100 History-Art Exhibit

April 1-30, 2014

Displayed at the Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods, this exciting exhibit by the Reston Museum showcases the Reston 50/100 theme - Reston's 50th anniversary and founder Robert E. Simon's 100th birthday.

Also on display will be the fascinating mosaic of young artists' panel - their interpreation of "what Reston means to me".

On view 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM at 2310 Colts Neck Rd, Monday-Sunday.

...more Reston 50/100 news & events


Reston at 50 Symposium


April 28, 2014
7:00 to 9:30 pm

Looking Back at Forward Thinking
Panel discussions on Diversity, Planning, Preservation & Scholarship at the Reston Community Center - Hunters Woods. For information about the symposium, contact 703-993-2221; speccoll@gmu.edu

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Nature Festival

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Spring Festival at the Nature House!

Join us for the annual festival of free family fun, including:

  • Musical Entertainment
  • Live Animals
  • Fishing Activities
  • Kids Craft Making
  • Environmental Displays
  • Lake Audubon boat rental ($3)
  • ...and more!


History Lecture

Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for our monthly history lecture program - a presentation to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944).
...watch US Army video

Local historian Jim Lewis presents an entertaining slideoriented presentation incorporating a “Now & Then” theme and weaving in several all-time war movie classics/TV mini-series. Afterwards, enjoy a panel of Restonians as they reflect on their experiences.

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Nature Paddle

Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:00 AM

Join us for our bi-monthly nature event - kayaks and canoes on Lake Anne! (details TBA) .


History Lecture

Thursday, June 26, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for our monthly history lecture program - details TBA.


History Lecture

Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for our monthly history lecture program - details TBA.


Multi-Cultural Festival

Saturday - September 27, 2014

Reston's annual Multi-Cultural Festival at Lake Anne. The Reston Museum will again present a special program - Map Your Cultural Heritage - for the afternoon, led by Tom Finn.

The Reston Multiculural Festival is a celebration of the diversity and community spirit of Reston. This annual event brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our medley of cultures and their riches. Hundreds came and shared with family, friends the music, entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world. The Reston Multicultural Festival is hosted by the Reston Community Center and Reston Association, with partners from a variety of Reston-based organizations and businesses.

Photos courtesy of Bill Norton
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History Lecture

Thursday, October 23, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for our monthly history lecture program - details TBA.


History Lecture

Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for our monthly history lecture program - details TBA.


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Founder's Day - 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014
11th Annual Founder’s Day!
Bob turns 100 and Reston celebrates 50!

The Museum will hold free activities from 12-3 PM at Lake Anne and the Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods will host an evening reception for the premier showing of the Reston Story documentary film.

photo by: Pishu P. Hirani

Messages to Bob
In the Founder’s Day program, Reston residents, local businesses, schools or other organizations have sent Mr. Simon a special happy birthday message.

Honoring Young Restonians
During the Founder’s Day 2014 celebration, we will honor Reston residents who have grown up in our community and continue to live and/or serve here. ...read more   

    Program  (shortened program inside RCC-LA if adverse weather)
  • 11:30 Warm-up South Lakes HS Marching Band
  • 12:00 Brass Fanfare – Reston Orchestra
  • 12:05 Welcome – Chuck Veatch
  • 12:15 Remarks from Elected Officials and Presentation of Proclamations:
    • Governor McAuliffe
    • Senator Kaine
    • Lt Gov Northam
    • Congressman Connolly
    • Senator Howell
    • Delegate Plum
    • Chairman Bulova
    • Supervisor Hudgins
  • 12:45 Reading: Poem of Dedication (winner of school Poetry Contest)
  • 12:50 Entertainment:
    • Hunters Woods Coop Pre-School - Reston is My Home
    • Terraset Elementary - Ja-Da
    • South Lake High School Theatre Arts What You Want (form Legally Blond
    • Reston Chorale (Ensemble)
  • 1:30 Recognizing Young Restonians (schooled here and serve the community)
  • 1:40 Announcements: Historic Marker and Lake Anne Redevelopment groundbreaking (Rick Thompson, David L. Peter)
  • 2:00 Dedication of the Bricks – Chuck Veatch
  • 2:05 Brass Fanfare – Reston Orchestra
  • 2:10 Move to Museum for Announcements, cutting of Birthday Cake and Toast (Phil Lilienthal)
    • “Happy Birthday” – sing-along and musical entertainment
    • Video Scavenger Hunt winners
    • Reston Museum Endowment Campaign
    • Nature House/Reston Guitar raffle winner


...more Founder'S Day news coverage

...more Reston 50/100 news & events

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2014 Video Scavenger Hunt

Free family fun - explore Reston , discover hidden treasures and win valuable prozes!

photo by: Pishu P. Hirani
    Contest Details & Rules
  • Contest open March 3-31
  • 18 locations clips from “The Reston Story” film a new feature-length documentary from Storycatcher Productions that will premiere at the Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods on Founder’s Day evening, April 5, 2014.
  • Players view/download clips from the Reston Museum YouTube channel or from the Reston Museum Facebook page
  • Players identify locations ( 10 words or less ; for vista shots #6,8,15, identify the origin)
  • Players take a photo with themselves at the location/origin (low-res, <1 megapixel)
  • Players create a document listing identified locations by number with embedded photos
  • Players send their document list (Word or PDF) to: RHTScavengerHunt@gmail.com
  • Winner(s)will be those with the most correct entries; ties decided by random draw
  • Prizes -1st place: Ticket to April 5 premier; 2nd place: Reston Nature book; 3rd place: Reston t-shirt
  • Winners will be announced at Founder’s Day – April 5, 2:15 PM
...download contest rules


Nature Walk

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Our bi-monthly nature walk, featuring for March - bird watching at Sunrise Valley wetlands

Co-sponsored by Walker Nature Center and Reston Association.

Sunrise Valley Wetlands, 12700 Sunrise Valley Drive. Park on the left (west) side of the office building. A sure sign of spring! The beginning of a series of Nature Walks that will show you the treasures of Reston. Sunrise Valley Wetlands is an aquatic jewel on the border of Reston and Herndon, home to birds of prey, waterfowl, aquatic reptiles and amphibians, and a dazzling array of insects, including butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk and get an up-close look at the diversity of life.


History Lecture

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for our monthly history lecture program, with a discussion panel focusing on Black History Month. As part of the Reston Historic Trust’s continuing program series that examines Reston’s past, present and future, this session will focus on whether Robert E. Simon Jr.’s 7 founding principles will still be relevant 20 years from now. A panel of young Restonians will discuss how growing up in Reston shaped their lives and influenced their future.

    with panelists:
  • Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt
  • Vanessa Johnson
  • Katie Eichler Jones
  • Leslie Mayo
  • Paul Thomas
  • Lindsay Trout
  • and facilitator - Thomas I. Ahart
watch on YouTube (part 1)
watch on YouTube (part 2)
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Musical Soiree

Saturday, February 22, 2014
7:00-8:30 PM

A full house gathered for the 3rd Diva Night to again help celebrate Black History Month. Reston's two leading divas: Beverly Cosham and Menda Ahart performed popular jazz and blues songs accompanied by pianist and vocalist Felicia Kessel-Crawley. These three have received warm applause from past SRO audiences.

Beverly Cosham has performed her cabaret act at nightspots from Los Angles to New York via San Antonio, TX and New Haven, CT, as well as Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, the National Theater, the Omni Shoreham, the Henley Park Hotel, the World Bank, the Lyceum, and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. . Beverly Cosham was recently recognized as one of the "Best of Reston".

Menda Ahart has been singing all of her life in church choirs, college choirs, community choirs, and as soloist with bands. She auditioned with MoTown in Detroit but did not want to drop out of college. These days Menda's love of singing sacred hymns, gospel, classical, popular, jazz and blues is channeled through at her church choir and Mosaic Harmony, an interfaith-faith, multicultural choir which draws on the heritage of African-American inspirational music

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Freezin' for a Reason

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Polar Plunge A family-fun event - join the crowd of people decked out in crazy costumes and creative flair Freeze Registration as they jump into bone-chilling waters of Lake Anne for the 7th Annual Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip.

The Museum will have a special sale of sweatshirts and blankets that day to help benefit Camp Sunshine.


Author Talk & Book Signing

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Come hear inspirational speaker and Army veteran Deborah L. Parker speak and sign her latest four books on successes, faith, adversity, family, career choices and leadership lessons.

Deborah is an Army veteran, member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Mount Pleasant Baptist church of Herndon. She is the owner of The DPJ Training Group, a motivational speaking, leadership and personal development company in Leesburg, Virginia.


Lecture

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014

A full house of 100+ joined us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for our monthly lecture program.

The Art in the Silver Line program featured a presentation by Michael McBride, WMATA Public Art Coordinator. He was followed by a panel discussion with Anne Delaney, Pat Macintyre, and Maggie Parker, all of whom were involved in selecting public art for phase 2 (Reston West - Ashburn) of the Silver Line stations.









watch on YouTube


Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Reston Historic Trust (owner and operator of the Reston Museum).  President Shelley Mastran will review the past year's activities and finances and our plans for 2014.


Children's Art (Round #2)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Join us at Reston Community Center - Lake Anne to help celebrate what Reston means to you. Children are helping us prepare for Reston's 50th birthday by creating original art to be used for Founder's Day 2014.

Using free supplies (thank you BLICK art materials!) children paint a canvas square for our Reston mosaic mural. The mural will be made from hundreds of individually crafted pieces of art that reflect the best of Reston. It will be one of the highlights of the Reston Museum's Annual Founder's Day celebration on April 5, 2014.





The mural will also be featured at the 50/100 exhibit at the Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods.


Holiday Celebration & Walk

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Following the Annual "Jingle at the Lake" Santa Claus visit to Lake Anne Plaza, join us 4:30 PM, at the Museum for "Holiday Recollections from Around the World", a discussion sharing winter holiday traditions from Reston's diverse population.

Then grab your flashlights and lace up sturdy walking shoes to join the Annual Holiday Lights Walk around Lake Anne, followed by an international sing-along at the Reston Museum. Warm up with hot drinks and cookies.


History Lecture

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013

A full house joined us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for:
Beware, Mosby's in the Area.
They heared local historians, Jim Lewis and Jim Anderson, present an entertaining slide-oriented presentation, with specific focus on Mosby’s impact in the local area. Members recognized many of the locations where the actions took place and further appreciated what the locals had to endure throughout the Civil War.

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Children's Art

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013

Dozens joined us to help celebrate what Reston means to you. The Reston Museum on Lake Anne/Washington Plaza hosted a special event for families on Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM until 12 PM. Children are helping us prepare for Reston's 50th birthday by creating original art to be used for Founder's Day 2014.

Using free supplies (thank you BLICK art materials!) children painted a canvas square for our Reston mosaic mural. The mural will be made from hundreds of individually crafted pieces of art that reflect the best of Reston. It will be one of the highlights of the Reston Museum's Annual Founder's Day celebration on April 5, 2014.





The mural will also be featured at the 50/100 exhibit at the Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods.



Annual Home Tour

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Home Tour Home Tour History RHT's 12th Annual Reston Home Tour showcased five private homes in the "New Town" of Reston, and we enjoyed yet another sell-out of this annual 'must-do' October event. Different homes are selected each year, all featuring amazing and interesting design in decor and architecture.

All ticket proceeds benefit Reston Museum, operated by Reston Historic Trust, which has presented the tour since 2002.

...sneak peek at 2013!
...see what you missed in 2012!
...Home Tour history




Multi-Cultural Festival

Saturday - September 28, 2013

Reston's annual Multi-Cultural Festival at Lake Anne. The Reston Museum again presented a special program - Map Your Cultural Heritage - for the afternoon, led by Tom Finn.

The Reston Multiculural Festival is a celebration of the diversity and community spirit of Reston. This annual event brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our medley of cultures and their riches. Hundreds came and shared with family, friends the music, entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world. The Reston Multicultural Festival is hosted by the Reston Community Center and Reston Association, with partners from a variety of Reston-based organizations and businesses.

Photos courtesy of Bill Norton

Nature Walk

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Join us to walk the Buttermilk Creek Nature Trail. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Walker Nature Center and Reston Association.




Reception

Thursday - September 26, 2013

Katie Jones The Reston Historic Trust hosted a members-only reception to welcome its first executive director, Katie Eichler Jones. Over 40 Reston Museum members enjoyed refreshments and said hello to Ms Jones and her family.

Ms. Jones is a life-long Restonian with a BA in History from the University of Virginia and an MA in Public History and Museum Studies from the University of South Carolina. For the last nine years she has served as director of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.


7th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013

. This free, family friendly, all-day event showcased a variety of talented local emerging artist and national jazz performers.

Singer-Songwriter-Musician Rashida Jolley returns for her third year headlining this event. Known for her unique fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Classical, and Pop music, producing a melodic and inspired sound that is all her own, Rashida has appeared on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, The Mo’Nique Show and most recently on NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent,” where she quickly became a fan favorite. It was her mother’s idea to combine her vocal stylings with the harp, so she began composing songs on the harp which became part of her performance.

...read more


History Lecture

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A standing-room only audience gathered for: "Sunstroke and Ankle-deep Mud" - Civil War at Hunters Woods, Fairfax County troop movements around Hunter Mill Road. Much has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg and Lee’s Retreat, but little has been written about the arduous journey taken by tens of thousands of men, wagons and horses of the Union’s Army of the Potomac as it marched across Northern Virginia on its way to this historic battle.

Watch video: "Sunstroke and Ankle-Deep Mud" - part 1 of 4
Companion paperback book on sale at the Museum.


Nature Walk

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sunrise Valley Wetlands is an aquatic jewel on the border of Reston and Herndon. This natural area is home to birds of prey, waterfowl, aquatic reptiles and amphibians, and a dazzling array of insects including butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies. Walkers enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the wetlands with a naturalist from the Walker Nature Center, and got an up-close look at the amazing diversity of life.

Co-sponsored by Walker Nature Center and Reston Association.

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History Lecture

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Early Reston Architecture, Modernism - A look at Lake Anne, Hickory Cluster and Waterview Cluster with panelists Harold Linton, Barbara Naef, Richard Speier, Cheryl Terio-Simon, and Ralph Youngren.

Museum members enjoyed an exclusive reception prior to the program, meeting architect Bill Conklin and Robert E. Simon, and seeing James Rossant on video.

View presentation - part 1 of 5


...view part 2 of 5
...view part 3 of 5
...view part 4 of 5
...view part 5 of 5
Read more in the Reston Connection.


Young Professionals Meetup

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Young professional met for drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to chat with Reston founder Bob Simon. The group meets monthly for social fun and supports Reston Association, Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith community projects. ...read more


Nature Walk

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Featured in Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area, the Soapstone Wildflower Trail is one of Reston’s hidden treasures. Go on a native plant hike along the south side trails to this hot spot for spring ephemerals such as trillium, bluebells and jack-in-the-pulpit. Learn some wildflower folklore as well as some of the factors contributing to the decline of these species.

Co-sponsored by Walker Nature Center and Reston Association.

Founder's Day - 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013
10th Annual Founder’s Day!
Community Celebration of Reston’s 49th &
Bob Simon’s 99th Birthday
cake

Lake Anne Village Center
FREE Family Fun

The 3rd Annual Amazing Reston Founder's Day Treasure Hunt - a two hour adventure discovering 10 of Reston's unique places and history. There will be prizes for all finishers and a drawing for an exciting grand prize.

birthday card Lots of fun for everyone on the plaza at Lake Anne Village Center, and cake! Musical entertainment, remarks by elected local officials and dedication of the newly installed commerative bricks on the plaza.

Full Schedule
  • 12:00 PM - Welcome (Chuck Veatch, Master of Cenrmonies)
  • 12:05 PM - VIP Remarks
  • 12:15 PM - Announcements
    • Founder's Day 2014
    • Video Contest
  • 12:25 PM - Entertainment
  • 12:15 PM - Announcements
    • Beverly Cosham - "God Bless America"
    • SLHS Arts Dept - excerpts from "Xanadu"
    • Reston Chorale-Bobby Pins
  • 12:50 PM - Remarks - Reston Museum
  • 12:55 PM - Cupcakes & "Happy Birthday"
  • 1:30 PM - Scavenger Hunt begins
  • 3:30 PM - Hunt ends - Prizes & medals awarded
...read more in Reston Patch


History Lecture

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Members joined us at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for: Building Community (part 3), Vernon Walker - Nature and the Environment.
They heard from presenters Katie Shaw and Claudia Thompson-Dehl about Reston's first professional naturalist (for whom the Nature Center is named) and Reston's recent environmental initiatives.


Nature Walk

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A full audience of 30 joined a Walker Nature Center naturalist and some golf course neighbors to learn about the natural resources and experiences that this valuable open space provides. Look for a variety of birds, including Purple Martins, and visit old field and pond habitats. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Walker Nature Center and Reston Association.


Book Signing

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Author David A. Guillaudeu talked about his new book, "Images of Rail - Washington & Old Dominion Railroad". This book with a forward by Paul McCray contains hundreds of W&OD photos from 1863-1966 to document this fascinating part of our local history. David A. Guillaudeu has taken photographs of the railroad, interviewed former employees, and collected old photographs and scale drawings for over 40 years. Paul E. McCray served as the park manager of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park. Today, he is the unofficial Washington & Old Dominion Railroad historian and gives talks to local groups.

ISBN-13: 9780738597928; Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC; Publication date: 2/18/2013; Pages: 128


History Lecture

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A large and appreciative audience gathered at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for:
Building Community (part 2 of 3), Diversity, Openness and Inclusiveness

Presenters Tom Ahart, Carol Ann Bradley, Doris Briggs, Laura Thomas, and Vern Wingert discussed what attracted minorities to Reston, the Civil Rights movement in Virginia, and the challenge of fair housing in Reston in the midst of segregated Virginia suburbs.

...read more - Carlos Campbell talks about life for African-Americans in Reston during the 1960's for the Fairfax Times Watch the video...part 1
Watch the video...part 2
Watch the video...part 3


Congratulations to raffle winners
  • Free Museum Membership - Marcia Stowers
  • Framed "Open Community" Poster - Van Foster



  • Musical Soiree

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Back for an encore performance to help celebrate Black History Month, Reston's three leading divas: Beverly Cosham and Menda Ahart, accompanied by Felicia Crawley performed a long set of popular jazz and blues songs.

    Beverly Cosham has performed her cabaret act at nightspots from Los Angles to New York via San Antonio, TX and New Haven, CT, as well as Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, the National Theater, the Omni Shoreham, the Henley Park Hotel, the World Bank, the Lyceum, and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. . Beverly Cosham was recently recognized as one of the "Best of Reston".

    Menda Ahart has been singing all of her life in church choirs, college choirs, community choirs, and as soloist with bands. She auditioned with MoTown in Detroit but did not want to drop out of college. These days Menda's love of singing sacred hymns, gospel, classical, popular, jazz and blues is channeled through at her church choir and Mosaic Harmony, an interfaith-faith, multicultural choir which draws on the heritage of African-American inspirational music

    Congratulations to raffle winners
  • Free Museum Membership - Judith Schwartz
  • Beverly Cosham CD - Beth Greenberg



  • VA Polar Dip - Lake Anne

    Saturday, February 2, 2013
    Polar Dip

    Hundreds joined the fun and giving crowd for this annual event. A long line of swimmers, in all modes of dress, braved a quick dip in the 30 degree water. The Museum was on hand to cheer them on and offer free membership for those who needed one of oue new sweatshirts...read more


    History Lecture

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Reston Community Center - Lake Anne for:
    Building Community (part 1 of 3), Jane Wilhelm - Civic Organizations and Culture

    One of the most important items that Robert E. Simon, Jr., fostered when he founded Reston was a sense of community. The goal was to establish a place where everyone mattered, had a sense of belonging, and was able to serve. With that in mind, in 1964 he hired Jane Wilhelm to head up the effort to create the infrastructure of community. On January 24th, the Reston Historic Trust (Reston Museum) will continue its "History of Reston" series focusing on the efforts of Jane Wilhelm, Embry Rucker, Priscilla Ames and others who helped establish a sense of place, not just a place to live. The focus of the talk and panel discussion will cover everything from schools, churches, elderly housing, the arts, the founding of the community center, library, day care, and the spirit of volunteerism.

    Presenters: A panel of local residents from the 1960’s including Lynn Lilienthal, Mike Horwatt, Tom Kamstra, Peter McCandless, and Susan Norwich, along with Loren Bruce. Loren has a Masters in Urban & Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, was an urban planner with Fairfax County, and is currently in charge of special projects at the Museum.

    Watch the video...part 1


    Annual Meeting

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Over 30 members joined us for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Reston Historic Trust (owner and operator of the Reston Museum).  President Shelley Mastran reviewed the past year's activities and finances. See RHT News for a fuller summary of the Museum's accomplishments in 2012.

    Museum members enjoyed light refreshments while electing new board members Ann Youngren and Kurt Rose.


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