PAST PROGRAMS & EVENTS

 

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 

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. 

Free

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ovTsfjZa64

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 http://www.reston.org/Portals/3/2017%20General/RASER%20Report%20072617.pdf

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: https://goo.gl/photos/16c4DtC4Xf1YQJJB6 

 

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

2017

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.”

2017

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.
 

2017

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.

2017

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.

2017

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.

2017

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.

Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston

Award-winning filmmaker Rebekah Wingert Jabi presented her much-anticipated documentary "Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA".

 

The film explores Robert Simonʼs vision for American life. While 1950s post-war suburban sprawl cultivated individualism and homogeneity and prioritized single-family homes, Bob Simon dreamed ʻanother way of

livingʼ that valued community, nature and social equity. He set out to build

a suburban town that integrated citizens across racial, economic and religious divides. His vision was realized in the New Town of Reston, VA, in 1964. In the decades that followed, Reston faced financial struggles, waning idealism, and an uncertain future.

November 2015

Connecting With Community

"Connecting with Community" a diversity seminar with presenter: Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt

October 2015

The Mobil Years -  Reston in the 1980s

Film clips and a panel presentation on "The Mobil Years -  Reston in the 1980s"   Vicky Wingert showed film clips from Storycatcher Productions that capture some of the stories of those years.  Film was followed by a discussion among our panelists who were instrumental in Reston's development during the Mobil Years: Bill Bouie, Jim Cleveland, Suzie Jones and Fran Steinbauer.  Participants learned first-hand about the issues of those early times.

May 2015

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

Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Lake Anne Plaza

1639 Washington Plaza

Reston, VA  20190

703-709-7700

info@restonmuseum.org 

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