The Reston Historic Trust & Museum host various programs and events throughout the year that focus on the unique history of the Reston community. See the list below for specific programs and to view videotaped programs.


Learn about our upcoming programs and our annual events Founder's Day, the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, and The Reston Home Tour!


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Past Programs 

The Village Centers of Reston: The History of Creating Community

May 2021

Presented by Dr. Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt this program explores the history of Reston's five village centers, how they began and how they have changed over time

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The Past and Future of Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art

March 2021

Learn about the past of Tephra ICA (Formerly Greater Reston Arts Center) and all the wonderful work they are doing today and their plans for the future!

Before 1964: The History of Reston's Predecessors

February 2021

Program explores the history of the area before it was known as Reston. Learn about Reston's predecessors including the Dogue Native American tribe,  Dr. Wiehle, A. Smith Bowman and about the historic sites of Reston that predate 1964. 

Reston: Community Building Since 1966

March 2020

Panel discussion bringing together several community organizations who have been a pillar of Reston’s community for over 40 years. Panelists include leaders of Reston Community Center, Cornerstones, the Walker Nature Center, Reston Chorale, Reston Garden Club, Herndon-Reston FISH, and Reston Community Players. They will share how their organizations began, how they have evolved over the years and the impact they have had on the community. 

Reston, a Photographer’s Muse: Why Reston Is Uniquely Captivating Through the Lens

February 2020

Since moving to Reston nine years ago, Charlotte has felt impelled to photograph the lifestyle and scenery of this community. What makes Reston particularly appealing to a photographer? Charlotte discusses the influence of Reston’s unique aesthetics, opportunities, and people. In addition to her own contemporary images, Charlotte presented historic photos from the Reston Museum’s collection to demonstrate consistent themes in photos of Reston over the years. She offers tips for taking great photos of places and people, with suggestions for photographers of any skill level. 


About Charlotte Geary

Charlotte Geary is a commercial photographer who specializes in lifestyle marketing, portraits, and events. Over the last 19 years, her career has led her all over the country, and her work has been widely published and commissioned. Charlotte and her family live at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia. You can see her work at and @charlottegeary. 

Hidden History of Herndon

November 2019

Author Barbara Glakas who speaks about her ew book Hidden History of Herndon. Behind Herndon's past as a sleepy farming community hide forgotten tales of growth and progress. A mysterious stranger who passed through the village one night suggested the name Herndon, after the captain of a sunken ship. The Civil War split loyalties among the townspeople and brought an unexpected Confederate raid on the town. Prohibition brought bootleggers with it, but its repeal caused an uproar from temperance-minded residents. Lively community fairs were ever present in the 1920s, but so was the Ku Klux Klan. Local author Barbara Glakas uses rare photographs and firsthand accounts to tell little-known stories of the people, places and events that shaped the history of the Town of Herndon. 

Radical Suburbs

September 2019

Presentation by author Amanda Hurley on her new book Radical Subrubs which featured Reston. 

No Recording

Pat Macintyre: Bringing Art to a New Town

May 2019

"Pat Macintyre – Bringing Art to a New Town 50 Years of Creative Inspiration". From You Gotta Have Art to Pioneering Women of Reston, Pat Macintyre will share her story of her engaging 1970s TV show, her enduring influence on generations of artists, and how Reston continues to inspire her artwork. Photograph by Charlotte Geary. Due to technical difficulties only a portion of the program can be watched on our youtube channel. 

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International Womens Day

March 8, 2019

Celebrating the achievement of the women who have made the iconic Lake Anne Plaza what it is today. An appropriate location for such a day given 75% of all businesses on the plaza are owned and operated by women. Program featured first-hand from past and present female leaders in the community about personal experiences as business owners, stories of Lake Anne and visions for years ahead. Complimentary to the conversation was photography exhibit by local photographer, Charlotte Geary along with vintage photos from the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. 

Women Playing in Reston: Title IX and Reston Sports

March 13, 2019

While Reston offered recreational facilities for all residents since its beginnings in the 1960s, equality in federally assisted athletic programs was not guaranteed by law until Title IX was enacted in 1972. Although not the original intent, Title IX dramatically impacted women’s sports, particularly in regards to participation, scholarships, and benefits such as equipment.


Panelists Vicky Wingert, Skye Eddy Bruce, Valerie Lister, and Jennifer Volgenau Wiley will bring their personal experiences with a variety of athletic programs to discuss how the implementation of Title IX affected their careers and women’s sports as a whole. A temporary exhibit showcasing archival artifacts related to this program will be on display at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum throughout March.

No Recording

Journeys to Reston

March 7, 2019

One of Robert E. Simon’s original goals for Reston was “That the importance and dignity of each individual be the focal point for all planning, and take precedence over large-scale concepts.” He didn’t use the word diversity, but with each individual he clearly intended to include all without exception. The journeys our panelists have made to Reston unfold the lived experience of that vision in Reston today.

Reston Sports, Pioneers, Players, and Playing Fields

November 2018

Presentation by Bill Bouie about the history of Reston sports. Mr. Bouie has served in formal and informal roles in various community athletic organizations including Reston Little League, Reston Youth Baseball, Reston’s YMCA Board of Management, the United States Olympic Committee’s Project Gold, and many others. View the full program on our Youtube Channel:

The Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum
are supported in part by Reston Community Center.