About the Reston Historic Trust & Museum
The Reston Historic Trust & Museum (RHT) is a community organization that preserves the past, informs the present, and influences the future of Reston through its exhibits, public programs, and events including the Reston Home Tour, Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, and Founder's Day. Museum admission is free. Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center and in 2020 with generous funding from Virginia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020. For more information, please visit www.VirginiaHumanities.org
Join the Reston Historic Trust & Museum as a member or donate today and you will help preserve Reston's history and will be supporting our mission to educate and engage the public with Reston's unique history. You will also receive discounts at the museum and other businesses at Lake Anne Plaza.
The Reston Museum has a collection of materials related to Reston's history, development, architecture, government, culture, and social life from 1965 to the present. These materials include planning and historical documents, newspaper articles, magazine articles, newspapers and magazines, documents relating to the civic, social and cultural life of Reston, photographs, and manuscripts. They are catalogued by decade and arranged by type of document. You can view the materials by visiting the Reston Museum, or see the Reston Museum Collection listing. Click here to see the Reston Museum Collection Listing. You can also find information on Reston at the George Mason University Special Collections and Archives.
The Reston Museum first opened its doors on Lake Anne Plaza in November 1997 in the space that was once the Carter Glass Library. The Museum was the physical manifestation of the Reston Historic Trust, created earlier that year. The Reston Historic Trust has kept the Museum operating in the same space for more than 20 years.
The initial idea for the Reston Museum came from Sarah Larson and Susann Gerstein, who were inspired by the recent designation of Lake Anne Plaza as a Fairfax County historic district. Larson thought that public events based on Reston’s history would attract more visitors to the Plaza. In 1996, the two women formed the Lake Anne Historic District Task Force, and with input from a number of prominent citizens, their effort began to reach beyond Lake Anne to include all of Reston’s many and diverse neighborhoods.
In February 1997, Larson and Gerstein announced the formation of the Reston Historic Trust and its goal to open a museum. When the Museum opened its door later that year, its exhibits included the famous Reston Model, formerly used in the visitors’ center. The 8-foot by 11-foot model had to be dismantled, transported, and reassembled. That detailed model of Reston in 1990 has been cleaned and put under a plastic cover for the Museum’s reopening. Featured as well was a quilt in hues of brown and blue made by 100 Langston Hughes eighth-graders, commemorating Reston’s 30th anniversary. The Museum also launched a series of programs, including art workshops and lectures.
In 2004, RHT received a Housing and Urban Development grant for $250,000 to overhaul the physical space. This included upgrading the HVAC system, creating a handicap bathroom, and redesigning the interior. Miller Architects provided the design, Karen Noel, a retired architect, designed the interior, and Jeanne Krohn of Krohn Design was the exhibit designer. Recycled materials were used when possible. Volunteers supported the museum's efforts to paint and renovate the space.
The Reston Museum’s Grand Reopening took place in September of 2009. Robert E. Simon, Lynn Lilienthal (a board member to this day), Pat Hynes, Vicky Wingert, Plum, and Janet Howell performed the ribbon cutting.
Over the years the Museum’s collection of artifacts, written materials, photographs, exhibits, and art has continued to expand. Our rehabilitation in 2009 created a modern space with exhibits showcasing Reston’s history in new, dynamic, and interactive ways.
Carolyn Flitcroft is a long time residential mortgage loan officer. She also volunteers with other local organizations, including GRACE and the Giving Circle of Hope.
KRISTINA ALCORN, Vice-Chair
Kristina is a (nearly) lifelong resident of Reston and 1986 graduate of South Lakes High School. After receiving degrees in English and Spanish from Longwood University, Kristina worked in environmental consulting and business development for a large government contractor. Kristina left the business world in 2015 to focus on writing. She recently published two books, "In His Own Words: Stories from the Extraordinary Life of Reston's Founder, Robert E. Simon Jr" and "Myths and Monsters of Reston, Virginia."
BONNIE HAUKNESS, Secretary
Bonnie is a local realtor. She served as chair of the Reston Home Tour from 2007-2016 and continues to assist with it. She also serves on the Friends of Reston Board at Walker Nature House, and volunteers annually at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.
Patrick is an accountant and auditor for Freddie Mac.
SHELLEY MASTRAN, Immediate Past Chair
Shelley is a preservation planning consultant and Professor in Practice in Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech-Alexandria campus. She is former director of Rural Heritage Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Shelley has a Ph.D. in geography and is co-author of numerous publications.
Kim Casson, ASID, holds an undergraduate degree in Interior Design from James Madison University. She has led Salmon-Casson, Ltd since 1988 and is a very experienced Interior Designer specializing in high end residential and light commercial design projects.
Charlotte Geary a professional photographer earned a masters degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia, with an emphasis in photography education. She been a photographer since childhood, with many years of formal training. She specializes in portraits, events, and lifestyle for small businesses and families and offers fine art scenic photography for purchase in my online shop.
Serving in Reston since 1968, Lynn created and co-directed PALS Early Learning Center and served on the Boards of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith. She earned a degree in Museum Studies (GWU) in 2004 following retirement from PALS. Lynn joined the RHT Board in 2004 and was instrumental in the Museum's redevelopment and new programs going forward. She is a winner of the Best of Reston and the Robert E. Simon Jr. Award for Community Service.
Renette Oklewicz retired as a program director at the Freddie Mac Foundation after nearly 24 years. She managed the Foundation's Wednesday's Child program and was responsible for philanthropic investments in foster care, homelessness and child advocacy. Renette works as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits and volunteers with nonprofits throughout the metro area.
Jackie Peebles has lived in Northern Virginia since 1951 and in Reston since 1995, saving the best for last. She taught in Fairfax County schools from 1965-1968, lived in New York City for 3 years and in a Volkswagon camper for a year traveling around Europe. She wrote for newsletters that covered pending state and federal legislation that affected businesses until retiring.
Kurt is a proud Reston resident since 1974. He is a graduate of South Lakes High School, 1985. He is also the past president of the Rotary Club of Herndon. Kurt is a jewelry designer and co-owner of Aspen Jewelry Designs.
Marnie joined the RHT in 2017 as a member of the Home Tour Commitee. She has been a Realtor with Long & Foster, Inc. since 2002. She has lived in Reston since 1978, and went to Terraset, Langston Hughes and South Lakes. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech, has 2 teenage children, a black lab and lives with her husband and family in North Reston.
LISA SECHREST-EHRHARDT, Ph.D.
Lisa teaches at the University of the District of Columbia in social welfare policy and social work. She is a professional diversity trainer and has conducted numerous workshops and made presentations on community diversity. Lisa serves on the RCC Board of Governors and has volunteered in other capacities in Reston.
In telecommunications industry management for more than 25 years, Andy is a former Reston Association Board Director and currently serves the Reston community in many ways. He is a Bartender at Lake Anne Brew House, a Project Director at Cornerstones, Chair of the Reston Transportation Network Advisory Group, Chair of the Southgate Community Center Advisory Council, and President of the South Lakes High School PTSA.
Cheryl has been a Reston resident since 1969. She is an Emerita member of the Virginia State Bar, and has been active in a variety of community organizations.
Anne-Marie is the director of the Fairfax County Office for Children, and is a past director of Reston’s Laurel Learning Center. She serves on the board of Fairfax Futures and various local and state early childhood committees. She moved to Reston when she was five years old, and is happy that her children are growing up in Reston too.
Chuck was a part of Reston's original development team. He is a Best of Reston and Robert E. Simon, Jr. Community Service Award winner. Chuck is also a photographer and publisher of the book, The Nature of Reston. He is a trustee for the Endowment for The National Wildlife Federation, past chair and current member of the Board of Trustees at Shenandoah University, and Real Estate Fellow at The University of Virginia.
Rebekah lives in Reston and grew up in this planned community. She has fifteen years of producing, directing and editing experience in film and television. She directed the documentary, My Neighbourhood, which won a Peabody Award, and the feature-length documentary Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA on Reston's 50 years of history. She also worked on films that aired on the Discovery Channel and Al Jazeera. Rebekah achieved a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-TV where she was awarded the Thomas Bush Cinematography scholarship.
Suzanne Zurn is a strategic communications consultant and a former political operative. Suzanne earned an M.A. from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, and a B.A. with honors from Washburn University. She also is a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax Institute signature program. Suzanne lives in Reston, VA where she serves on several professional and community boards.