All Events Take Place at the Freeman Store Unless Otherwise Noted
Freeman Store and Museum – 131 Church Street N.E., Vienna, VA 22180
STORE AND MUSEUM CLOSED – January and February 2015
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – 703-938-5187
Historic Vienna Spring Membership Meeting Tues. March 24, 2015
The Historic Vienna, Inc. Spring Membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30PM in the Council Chamber of the Town of Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center Street, South. A brief business meeting will open the meeting, and will include the presentation of the 2015 Vienna Heritage Preservation Award to Mr. Tommy Staats, founder and owner of Staats Developers, Inc., for his restoration and redevelopment of the building at 120 Church Street, NE, in Vienna, VA.
Originally a dry goods store constructed in the 1920s, 120 Church is now the home of Cocoa Vienna chocolatiers, and the office of Staats Developers. Several generations Vienna residents fondly remember the building as the home of ‘Once upon a time,’ purveyors of dolls, toys, stuffed animals, puppets, books, dollhouses and dollhouse accessories.
April 2015 is the 150 anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Our speaker for the evening will be Craig Howell, a professional tour guide who specializes in Civil War battlefield tours. His favorite is what he calls the ‘John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour.’ Mr. Howell’s presentation is entitled, ‘Dueling Conspiracies of the Lincoln Assassination: Confederate Plot or Stanton’s Cabal?’ His talk will include mention of Union Sergeant Boston Corbett, the man who killed the assassin Booth. Corbett was stationed in Vienna for part of the war.
Historic Vienna, Inc., is the nonprofit organization established by the Vienna Town Council in 1976, to preserve and promote Vienna’s heritage through the identification, preservation, and interpretation of historically significant places, events, and persons, educate the public through permanent and revolving exhibits, outreach programs, special events and publications, and enhance a spirit of community through an awareness of Vienna’s past. HVI operates the Freeman Store and Museum on Church Street in Vienna.
The Membership meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
2015 BOOK SALE COLLECTION GOING ON NOW!!!! – NEW BOOK SALE DATE April 17-19, 2015
CLICK LINK DIRECTLY BELOW IN ORDER TO VIEW AND SAVE 2015 Book Sale Flyer
Vienna’s 125th anniversary, Saturday February 28, 2015 – Noon to 3 p.m. FREE
Historic Church Street, Freeman House and the Town Green
Performance of “The Incorporation of Vienna, Virginia 1890 – A Short Play”
Including outdoor cooking, farm animals and family games
Help blow out 125 birthday candles!
Period Music, Games, Demonstrations and Food
Come celebrate the Founding of Vienna! 1890-2015!
Easter Egg Roll — Saturday before Palm Sunday, Saturday March 28, 2015, 10:30 am
- Historic Vienna Annual Used Book Sale — April 17, 18 and 19, 2015
- Walk on the Hill — last Sunday in April: Sunday April 26, 2015 (rain date May 3) 2-5 pm
- Secession Vote Reenactment – Saturday in May 2015
- Viva Vienna — Memorial Day Weekend so Saturday-Monday May 24-26 2015 (Rotary)
- Oktoberfest – First Saturday in October 2015
- Church Street Stroll: Monday November 30, 2015, 6-9 pm
- First Night Wednesday December 31, 2015 (Vienna Business Assoc.)
Historic Vienna Oral History Project is BACK for the second year!
This summer, we have greatly expanded our oral history archive, and made the interviews available through our blog
and our YouTube channel
An Oral History Guide will be available on our blog by the end of the summer. We’ve inaugurated this year’s project by interviewing community members at the annual ViVa Vienna celebration about ViVa Vienna’s significance to the town. For more interviews accessing the personal experiences of community members who have shaped Vienna into what it is today, stay tuned!
Do you want to volunteer to help interview someone for Historic Vienna Oral History Project? Do you know someone who you think we should interview? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
LINKS TO IMPORTANT HISTORIC VIENNA ORAL HISTORY PROJECT FORMS:
Please CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW to read and download the ORAL HISTORY RELEASE FORM
Oral History Release Form (PDF format)
Please CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW to read and download the Historic Vienna Inc. Copyright Permissions Letter
COPYRIGHT PERMISSIONS LETTER (MS Word format)
ORAL HISTORY GUIDE COMING SOON!
Please SCROLL DOWN on this page or following pages for details, or use the SEARCH FEATURE (magnifying glass field) on the upper right of this screen to find detailed descriptions of these events
TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 7:30 PM Vienna Town Hall – HVI sponsored nationally recognized military aviation author Bob Dorr’s talk on his latest book “Fighting Hitler’s Jets”. EVENT COMPLETE – and THIS WAS A GREAT ONE INDEED! – 50 people attended Bob’s animated and informative talk. Thanks to Bob, Cathy Salgado and the town for hosting and thanks to all those who could join us.
2014 Historic Vienna Inc. BOOK SALE IS A SLAM DUNK ONCE AGAIN!
Thanks to all of our fabulous volunteers and customers for making this year’s sale another great success.
AND HERE ARE SOME EVENTS AND NEWS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH MAY BE OF INTEREST TO HVI MEMBERS:
The wonderful Vienna Little League has published “60 Years of Little League History,” available on line at www.vll.org, and covering everything from the founding in 1952 through the 2012 season, with Opening Day bulletins, stats, and much more.