Parlor Talk by Ed Wenzel on July 24, 2016 – Free and open to the public – EVENT COMPLETE!

At 2 PM in the Parlor of the Freeman Store, Vienna’s own Ed Wenzel will talk about his new book: “Chronology of the Civil War in Fairfax County: Battles, Skirmishes, Incidents & Events of The War Between the States Occurring in Fairfax County, Virginia, 1859-1862, and Appendix (partial 1863).”

Chris Mackowski,of www.EmergingCivilWar.com wrote the following about the book. Ed’s book is breathtaking in its scope, covering day-by-day the Civil War history of Fairfax County during the first two years of the war. With more than 50 maps and more than 350 photos, Ed’s exhaustive study comes in at 618 pages. The index, totaling another 200 pages, comes in its own volume.

Some of the actions and movements covered include: Blackburn’s Ford, First Manassas/Bull Run, Grigsby’s Hill, Lewinsville, Dranesville, Second Manassas/Bull Run, Chantilly, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. Plus there are entries related to secession, troop reviews, raids and reconnaissance missions, balloon observations, quartermaster activities, the flight of refugees and contrabands, the construction of fortifications, bridge burnings, and railroad incidents and wrecks. It is non-stop activity and action.

 

Little Library Volunteers Needed!

The Little Library located on the Freeman House grounds is open the 1st Sunday of the month from 1 – 4 PM and during special community events. The library is a museum not a lending library but visitors may pass the time carefully reading some of the old books that have been preserved.

If you are interested in taking a turn sitting in the library and welcoming visitors the days we are open, please contact Margaret Dellinger, at vamember@aol.com or 703-409-3564. We are open this year: May 29, 30, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 1, 2, November 6, 28, and December 4, 31.

Historic Vienna Inc. volunteers for 2015-2016

Book Sale Volunteers include: Erika Atwood, John Ball, Pat Ball, Annabel Bentley, Emily Calhoun, Austin Cheng, Ben Cyrus, Kevin Daniels, Elizabeth DeFay, Ryan Dodd, Rayden Dodd, Eileen Doughty, Ryan Dutta, Alanna Eisenbeiser, Jeanne Ernest, Rick Evert, Jill F., Freya Fisher, Daniel Gerke, Neal Going, Steve Haracznak, Carisa Harirchian, Jordan Hendrickson, Sabrina Herman, Helen Hoyt, Christine Kim, Gabrielle Jawer, Niecy Lee, Betty Little, Mary Beth MacDonald, Allison Moats, Sim Moats, Mary Lee Monfort, Darrell Mounts, John Mulvihill, Rose Mulville, Dan Mulville, Katie Newland, Nazar Ostapenka, Sohpia Park, John Pell, Celeste Phillips, Elliot Phillips, Jean Phillips, Jill Roberts, Patrick S., Michelle Scott, Mary Ann Skinner, Daphne Sloan, Dakota Smith, Ch. Spear, Katie Springsteen, Katie Stemp, Brad Swanson, Mary T., Prudy Traut, Steve Traut, Kathy Tugendhat, Sophie Vouvalis, Dick Wardian, Daniel Xu, Brian Yanni, Natalie Yanni, Isabel Zhong, James Madison Nat’l Honor Soc., Boy Scout Troup 152, Freeman Store Storekeepers include: Joan Guzi, Carisa Harirchian, Emma Hastings, Patricia Kratzer, Madison HS Honor Society Students, Shirley McCoy – along with her granddaughter and a friend, Mary Schillo, Michelle Scott, Antonia Sharp, Katie Stemp, Elsa Wilbur. Little Library Volunteers include: Dr. Robert A. Amsler, Patrick Coffey, Freya Fisher, Rose Mulville, Katie Newland, Steven Traut, Prudy Traut. Special Events Volunteers include: Elsa Wilbur, Charlie Balch, TR Cook, Mike Davis, Margaret Davenport, Nedda Davis, Bob Gregg, Jim Johnson, Carisa Harirchian, Eric Hottenstein, Anne Martin, Shirley McCoy, Sim Moats, Darrell Mounts, Nancy Ryan, Karen O’Meara, Col. David Schnakenberg, Michelle Scott, Antonia Sharp, Katie Stemp, Brad Swanson, Jo Thrasher, Steve Traut, Prudy Traut, Kathy Tugendhat, Steve and Judy White, Ayr Hill Garden Club, District III Garden Clubs, James Madison History Honors Society, And a very special Thank you to the Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department who help us in so many ways.

Historic Vienna Inc.

Thanks the many volunteers who make it possible for us to achieve so much. We hope we are listing everyone and apologize if we inadvertently omit anyone.

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.

Volunteer Storekeepers Needed!

Volunteer Storekeepers are needed to work at the Store March through December. Noon to 4PM. Please contact Patti Bentley or Susan Fay at the store 703-938-5187 or email fs@historicviennainc.org, if you wish to volunteer. Two volunteers may choose to split a shift.

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.

‘Mr. Sogs’, made in Michigan. Hand-sewn, colorful plush creatures and animals. Whimsical and lovable!

 

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.