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Congratulations to recent winners of Reston Museum raffles:
On January 28, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed resolutions honoring three Reston entities: 1) Bob Simon and his vision and Reston Association for helping secure Reston as the 7th most desirable place to live according to CNN Money mag; 2) the Reston Chamber of Commerce; and 3) IPAR and the Reston Historic Trust for the public art exhibit. Cathy Hudgins had laudatory words for all, including Reston Historic Trust (operator of the Reston Museum) for archiving Reston's history.
The Board of Superisors' meetings are broadcast on Fairfax County government's cable channel 16. The Jan 28 session will be replayed on Feb 1 8:00 p.m. and the entire board meeting will be replayed on Feb 2, starting at 10 a.m.
2012 Annual Meeting
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Reston Historic Trust (owner and operator of the Reston Museum) was held on January 17. Chairman Shelley Mastran welcomed Museum members and briefly reviewed the Museum's many accomplishments for the past year.
Members re-elected the incumbent board of trustees and elected two new board members: Ann Youngren and Kurt Rose. Chair Mastran
spoke of the Museum's many volunteers and gave special thanks to long-time walk leader Bonnie White. ...read more
Holiday Party 2012
To recognize their service and celebrate the season, Museum board President Shelley Mastran hosted the Museum board members, staff, and docents for a wonderful holiday party at her home. Thank you Shelley!
Congratulations to Mason Miller, our first winner of the Museum's Facebook photo contest with his depth-of-field look at Lake Anne public art. Mason wins a coveted Reston mug and bumper sticker.
Finishing a close second was Alec Berry with his stunning view of the Lake Anne night sky. All 16 entries are viewable on the Museum's Facebook page .
click on photos to enlargeBe the next winner - current photo contest theme:
Fine print: all photos must be the intellectual property of the submitter, and RHT is granted limited non-commercial use of all submissions. All suitable photos will be posted on the Reston Museum Facebook page, where winners are publicly determined by Facebook "likes". Multiple and re-submissions are allowed.
Our museum is now enabled with Layar augmented reality! Just download the free app to your iOS or Android device, and when you point your phone at different things around the museum, additional content will display on your phone. Come down to the museum and try it out.
Also enjoy our new public terminal which features quick touch access to our new Reston trivia quiz, the Museum archives database, videos and much more.
Summer Intern 2012
The Reston Museum was again awarded a competitive grant by The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, allowing us to hire a summer intern. From over 30 qualified under-graduate applications, the Board has selected Tyler Bradshaw, a business/computer major at James Madison University, who served as technology assistant for 8 weeks during June and July.
Tyler helped us update and expand the Museum's computer equipment and developed new ways of telling Reston's story to residents and visitors - our new touch screen terminal, our new augmented reality tour, and much more. Thank you Tyler, and good luck!
"Best Places to Live" 2012
CNN Money has ranked Reston as #7 in the 100 Best Places to Live - Money's 2012 list of America's best small cities. Like we didn't already know!
Annual Meeting 2012
Over 40 Museum 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 Museum's activities and finances in 2011.
Ms Mastran and past President Lynn Lilienthal presented tokens of appreciation to departing board members Carol Nahorniak and Marion Myers.
They also welcomed four new boards members: Karen Goff, Paul Thomas, Leigh Handerahan and Graham Farbrother.
Museum members were treated to a preview showing of the new art exhibit of Reston Fiber Artists.
Docent Holiday Party
Bob Simon speaks to Museum board member Mike Miller and some of its many docents.
Reston Museum docents were treated to a catered holiday party hosted by Museum board member Lynn Lillenthal.
The Museum relies on over 20 volunteers to staff its open hours.
Reston Architect Remembered
Reston Museum directors, Shelley Mastran and Cheryl Terio-Simon have
written an engaging article about one of the lead partners in the firm selected by Robert Simon, that produced the award-winning Master Plan of Reston and supervised
the early construction of Lake Anne Village.
RCC-Lake Anne Expands
Reston Museum welcomes a renovated and expanded Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. RCC Executive Director, Leila Gordan, along with Reston founder, Robert Simon, Senator Janet Howell, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chair, Sharon Bulova, Lake Anne Condo Assn President, Richard Thompson, and RCC Board of Governors cut the ribbon to open the space a a brief ceremony on Sunday, October 15, 2011.
Reston is a feature article in the Aug/Sep issue of "Planning" magazine, a publication of the American Planning Association. Author John Clark describes how the famous new town is still evolving in his article, "Reston Revisited". read more...
Thursday - September 8, 2011
Over 80 hardy folks braved the rains and flooding at Lake Anne and gathered at Kalypso restaurant to hear of the early days of Reston and the history of Wiehle. Founder Dr. Max Wiehle was the first of three consecutive landowners whose heirs amazingly did not subdivide upon selling--paving the way for Reston founder Bob Simon to purchase one of the largest parcels of land then available near a major U.S. city.
Audrey Haugan presented a slide show featuring some rare old family photos shared with her by Dr. Wiehle's grandchildren. The accent was on a fast-paced visual overview of this fascinating period, with some anecdotes interwoven throughout that reveal a personal side of the delightful Wiehle family. Members of the Wiehle family were in attendance.
Program was supported in part by the Reston Community Center.
Best of 2011
Reston Museum was named as 2011 Best "Under the Radar Museum" by Northern Virgina Magazine. ...read more
Founder's Day 2011
Saturday, April 9 - 8th Annual Founder’s Day!
An eight piece brass choir performed a fanfare from the Lake Anne rooftops and Reston's own song stylist, Beverly Cosham offer her own musical tribute. Master of Ceremonies, Chuck Veatch introduced our local elected officials - all of whom spoke glowingly of Simon's legacy and vision. Chuck also noted the many new commemorative bricks that had been installed to honor local residents.
Over seventy families entered the 1st Annual Reston Founder's Day Treasure Hunt - a two hour adventure discovering Reston's places and history.
There was lots of fun for everyone on the plaza at Lake Anne Village Center, and cake by MallowDrama!
Supported by in part by the
The Reston Historic Trust and its Reston Museum and Shop offers a range of sponsorship opportunities. Please consider how your business or group can be a key partner in funding RHT programs and exhibits. ...sponsor levels
Current corporate donors to the Reston Historic Trust and its Museum - thank you!
Simon hosts Korean delegation
Reston has been recently visited by a Chinese delegation studing Reston's stream restoration project, and a group of urban planners and developers from Brazil gathering tips for a city construction project outside the capital of Brasilia.
On February 25, two dozen South Korean academics, professional planners and provincial government leaders arrived to study Reston's quality of life and institutions. They were shown Lake Anne and the Reston Museum by town founder, Robert E. Simon. ...read more
Museum wins Best of Reston 2010
The Reston Historic Trust and its Reston Museum is honored to be named as one of the "Best of Reston 2010". Award presentation was made at the annual event gala, hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce to benefit Reston Interfaith on April 15. ...read more
Japanese Planners Visit
Japanese city planners visted on Saturday, Mar 13, 2010 to get an inside look at one of city planning's best living examples. Volunteer docent, Loren Bruce, presented a history of Reston's planning and visitors also heard from Reston's founder, Bob Simon.
The celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Reston Pioneers' Arrival was a standing-room-only success! Over 35 folks gathered at the Museum on Sunday, January 17, 2010 to share stories of the 1964-65 first residents. Guests of honor were the Rogers family, who occupied the first townhouse at Lake Anne. ...read more
Bob Simon in Virginia Living
Reston's founder, Robert E. Simon, and his home town creation were featured recently in "Virgina Living" magazine.
After a gala reception the previous night, the Reston Museum re-opened to the public on Friday, 18 Sep 12-5 PM.
Exhibit and store spaces have been re-configured and new displays of Reston history have just been installed. Check out the eight months of construction progress and the recent articles in Northern Virginia Magazine, Fairfax Times, and Reston Connection.
The Saturday morning children's art workshops continue at the Reston Art Gallery & Studios (ground floor of Heron House).
Check the RHT Events page for details of continuing programs and upcoming events.
Our newly renovated space is now available for rent. Check out the 'Rental Space'; item on the Storefront Museum page for details and application.