HVI Board News

In April, Freya Fisher was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors by the Vienna Town Council. As a high school English teacher, Freya has always had an interest in historic properties and served as President of the Clinton County Historical Society (Ohio) before moving to Falls Church in 1987. She took every opportunity possible to see historic sites in this area and while living overseas before settling permanently in Vienna in 2001. Both of her children attended school here, and Freya volunteered in their classrooms and in their Boy and Girl Scout Troops. As a member of Historic Vienna, Inc., she volunteered at the book sales and special events. She is currently a docent at the Little Library.

New Items have arrived

Feeling crafty? Searching for ideas and things to do with the kids/grandkids? Come see our selection of hands-on fun items. Build a small wooden boat or train engine, pop out and paint horses & farm animals, or explore all of nature’s versatility, featured in the book The Art Box, and unleash your earthly creativity.

 

Artisan Spotlight

‘Giving Hearts’, made in Alexandria by Lorraine Oerth. Each is handcrafted and each is unique. All come with an inspirational word (e.g. Gratitude, Love, Be Strong, Beautiful) printed on a rainbow of colorful ceramic hearts. Every heart comes with a hand printed bag and story card. With each heart sold, a percentage is donated to the American Cancer Society, autism and animal rescue. Makes a great little all occasion gift.

 

 

Veterans History Project Info Session Held, Feb. 2016 – Event Complete

Historic Vienna, Inc., hosted an informational session about the Library of Congress Veterans History Project on February 24th at the American Legion Post on Center Street. A rare February thunderstorm limited attendance, but everyone who came enjoyed the session and the audience asked lots of questions. The speaker for the session was retired Army Col. Bob Patrick, Director of the Veterans History Project. Col. Patrick’s presentation was informative and entertaining. The Veterans History Project collects veterans’ stories, primarily in the form of oral histories but also through letters, photos, and other media. HVI wishes to thank both Col. Patrick and those who braved the bad weather to come out for his presentation in February. HVI has Veterans History Project flyers available at the Freeman Store for anyone who is interested in learning more about the project or getting involved with it.

 

Passing of Historic Vienna Inc. supporter Roger Neighborgall – Sept. 13, 2016

Roger B. Neighborgall – Historic Vienna Friend and supporter passes on

We at Historic Vienna will miss Roger very much. He was very supportive of our programs and an important inspiration to all.  His devotion to helping others and improving our community were key and very successful missions throughout his life.

Roger B. Neighborgall, Sr.

Roger B. Neighborgall, Sr.

Roger’s obituary from Washington Post:

Roger B. Neighborgall, Sr. On his 93rd birthday, September 13, 2016, after a brief illness, Roger B. Neighborgall, Sr. of Falls Church VA died with his family by his side. A graduate of Duke University, Roger was a member of the greatest generation, a US Army Ranger who fought in Europe including the Normandy invasion and Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the war in Europe he applied his munitions expertise to help recover stolen Jewish treasure stored in German bank vaults. His military awards include the Silver and Bronze Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. He was recalled to service during the Korean War and spent his civilian career as an executive in the defense industry. Roger’s war experience imparted a profound love of life and a can-do determination to give back to his family, community and country. A community activist and perennial volunteer, he was active in the Lions Club, the American Legion and various city government organizations. He spoke extensively about his experiences to community and school groups, and particularly enjoyed teaching middle schoolers about the War, life, and the qualities of leadership. He was founder and President of the N. VA Tennis League and President of the Friends of the W&OD Trail. He was active in veterans’ organizations and was a USO volunteer and a greeter of Honor Flights bringing his fellow vets to visit the WWII Monument. Roger is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda; children, Roger Jr., Lisa Mathieu (Stephen), Christa Hyland and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Neighborgall; 8 beloved grandchildren and one glorious great-granddaughter.

 

Passing of Robert F. Dorr – June 12, 2016

Authors Bob Dorr & Dr. Tom Jones speaking at Vienna Town Hall in October 2011 on their book "Hell Hawks!"

Authors Bob Dorr & Dr. Tom Jones speaking at Vienna Town Hall in October 2011 on their book “Hell Hawks!”

Historic Vienna was saddened to hear that Oakton VA resident, Robert F. Dorr passed away on June 12, 2016.  Bob starting writing in 1955, was an Air Force veteran (1957-60) and a retired American diplomat (1964-89). He has authored more than 70 books and thousands of magazine articles about aviation, the Air Force, and military history.  His writings are superb and will be a lasting legacy of his contribution towards documenting the history of aviation.

Bob was a loyal supporter of Historic Vienna and we were fortunate to have him speak at the Vienna town Hall on several occasions.  Bob donated many books to Historic Vienna which we have been selling at our store.

Current Exhibits at Freeman Store and Museum

TWO Exhibits are OPEN at the Freeman Store, 131 Church Street NE. “The History of Agriculture in Vienna and Northern Virginia” tells the story of the evolution of local farming, from tobacco in the 18th century to wheat and more variety in the 19th.  We were still well-known for our dairy farms and orchards in the first half of the 20th century.  And did you know that a Vienna poultry farm provided all of the Eisenhower White House’s fresh eggs?  The exhibit includes maps, photographs, and period artifacts.  The new hallway exhibit is “The Road to Women’s Rights”, a series of exhibit modules describing the suffragist movement.  Each module will be on display for six months through 2020.  The Freeman Store is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. For more information, call (703) 938-5187