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 

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 Historic Trust & Museum board member Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt will facilitate the discussion.

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

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is hosting an evening with Reston photographer Charlotte Geary. Geary will present a slideshow and discussion of Reston photographs at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. 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 will discuss the influence of Reston’s unique aesthetics, opportunities, and people. 


In addition to her own contemporary images, Charlotte will present historic photos from the Reston Museum’s collection to demonstrate consistent themes in photos of Reston over the years. She will also offer tips for taking great photos of places and people, with suggestions for photographers of any skill level. Program is free and open to the public. Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center. 


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

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum to Host author Barbara Glakas who will speak about her new 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. Program will take place November 13, 2019 at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery Reston Community Center Lake Anne starting at 7 p.m. Program is free and open to the public.

Radical Suburbs

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

Pat Macintyre: Bringing Art to a New Town

​Join the Reston Historic Trust & Museum and renowned artist Pat Macintyre for a free public program on Sunday May 19, 2019 7 p.m. at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery Reston Community Center "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. 


International Women's Day

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. 

March 8, 2019

Women Playing in Reston: Title IX and Reston Sports

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.

March 13, 2019

Journeys to Reston

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.

March 7, 2019

Reston Sports, Pioneers, Players, and Playing Fields

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:

November 2018

Assessing the Environmental Quality of a Place Called Reston

Presentation by Doug Britt, Virginia Master Naturalist, Reston Association Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) member, and Project Director for the 1st Reston Annual State of the Environment Report – RASER. The report evaluates Reston’s Air Quality, Water Resources, Vegetation, Wildlife, Light Pollution and more. Mr. Britt summarized the findings of the first RASER report and discussed new topics and the progress being made on recommendations. View the slide presentation below or read the entire RASER report online at

September 2018

Reston Hears Voices: The Marketing of a New Town

Chris Rooney presented a talk on the print advertising campaigns of Reston during its first decade and how they relate to the creative revolution of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. Advertisements that ran in the Washington Post and Washington Evening Star reveal a wealth of insights on the new town as it sought to define itself to DC area readers – those same readers needed to populate Reston as well as businesses willing to relocate or set up shop in what was formerly wooded farmland in the outer suburbs of Virginia.

See images from the presentation here: 


May 2018

The Women Pioneers of Reston

Among those Bob Simon assembled to assist in Reston’s creation were some very accomplished women, including the architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith, and Carol Lubin, Jane Wilhelm and Priscilla Ames who made important contributions in areas of education and community development. This program will explore their impact as well as that of women residents who played important roles in Reston’s early development.  We also will provide a brief overview of women who have been key players in Reston’s development over the last 50 years and remain key today.

March 2018

Diversity—An Exploration of Bob Simon’s Goal in Reston 2018

In the early 1960’s one of Bob Simon’s 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.  This program will explore the status of his goal in Reston 2018.  We are interested in not only the experiences of the early pioneers, but also the experiences of those who grew up in Reston, those who came later and their children’s experiences, and the impressions and experiences of those who are the more recent members of our community. 

Feb 2018

Timothy Beatley Presentation

Timothy Beatley discussed the role of nature in cities and what he calls “biophilic” communities. Beatley will discuss the critical function of nature in promoting human well-being and providing emotional connection to nature. He regards Reston as a biophilic community. Professor Beatley is the author of numerous books, including Biophilic Cities and Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in the Global Age. His most recent publication is a Handbook of Biophilic City Planning and Design


John W. Franklin Presentation

John W. Franklin, Director of Partnerships and Internal Programs at National Museum of African American History & Culture discussed the exciting happenings at the Smithsonian’s newest museum. The National Museum of African American History & Culture is the only national museum dedicated exclusively to documenting African American life, history and culture. As Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch, III has stated, the NMAACH tells “the American story through the lens of African American History and Culture.”


John Burns Presentation

John Burns discussed the National Register of Historic Places, significant Northern Virginia structures (such as the API & CIT buildings), and current preservation issues. John Burns is the Chief Appeals Officer for Cultural Resources at the National Park Service; a Director of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects, and a member of the Fairfax County Architectural Review Board.  He has also written and lectured extensively on preservation topics.


Cranes and Construction

Reston’s landscape is changing at the two Metro stations and along Reston Parkway and Wiehle Avenue. The public was invited to hear about development projects currently underway and proposed. Bill Mayland, Branch Chief of the Zoning Evaluation Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Planning and Zoning, presented some of the changes on the horizon.


Bill has a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Drake University, as well as a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. His professional background includes Senior Planner with Loudoun County from 1997-2000; Senior Staff Coordinator for Fairfax County from 2000-2005; Assistant Director of Development in Benton County 2005-2010; and Branch Chief Fairfax County 2011-present.


Reston: A Unique Concept

Chuck Veatch and Joe Ritchey presented on how Reston was a groundbreaking endeavor in many ways and what it took to shape this special place. Chuck was a member of Reston’s original development team, assembled by Robert E. Simon in the early 1960’s. He is a long-time Reston resident, whose devotion to the community – and especially its parks and green spaces – has been recognized with numerous awards. Joe Ritchey, a former Midtown resident, was instrumental in the design and development of Reston Town Center. Ritchey has advocated for the arts as a major contributor to the vitality and quality of life of a community. He founded Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR) in 2007, underwriting its initial funding. These two gentlemen shared their vast knowledge of Reston’s history and community development over the last 53 years.


Meant to Be

This fascinating presentation by Chuck Veatch and Kristina Alcorn will delve into the chain of improbable events that paved the way for the creation of Reston.


In His Own Words

Author Kristina Alcorn provided a PowerPoint on her interviews with Bob Simon and the process of writing her book, In His Own Words; and signed books.

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are supported in part by Reston Community Center. 

Reston Historic Trust & Museum

1639 Washington Plaza

Reston, VA  20190



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