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Historic Vienna Inc. CALENDAR of Events 2018:

Calendar 2018

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The Freeman Store is decorated for the holiday season!
Enjoy traditional decorations on our front porch and marvel at all the
beautiful hand-made decorations on the Christmas Tree in our Parlor Room.
All decorations compliments of Ayr Hill Garden Club and Historic Vienna Inc. (HVI)








The 2018 ornament by Rachel Peden is the newest in a series of collectible, hand painted wooden ornaments representing historic properties in Vienna. This year, Rachel has designed the Vienna National Bank. This handsome brick building with white columns and beautiful medallions was Vienna’s first bank. It was built in 1923 and sits at the corner of Church Street and Dominion Rd. This ornament is the 18th in a collection of ornaments sold exclusively at the Freeman Store.

Vienna National Bank

2018 EXHIBITS
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Historic Vienna Inc.’s 2018 main exhibit, located on the second floor, is entitled Home Front – The Great War and Vienna.  The exhibit features information, images, models, and artifacts, including uniforms, equipment, and documents, from “the war  to end all wars.” The exhibit includes a diorama of the fearsome trenches that were ubiquitous on World War I battlefields as well as a graphic display of awards and decorations.

“Vienna didn’t have an awful lot to do with the war,” notes another HVI curator, Mike Berger. “Seventy-three men with a Vienna address fought in the war,” which the United States did not enter until 1917.  However, the names of two Vienna soldiers who lost their  lives in World War I will ring familiar to those living in the community today. The exhibit tells how George Dyer and Clarence Gunnell, for whom the local American Legion Post is named, lost their lives.

World War I exhibit

World War I exhibit

World War I exhibit

World War I exhibit

World War I exhibit

Women’s Suffrage exhibit has received another brand new look this year and is now focused on The Women’s Rights Movement through Cartoons.  The exhibit features more than 50 political cartoons and other images collected from newspapers, postcards and other publications from the 1850’s onward.

The cartoons focus on the right to vote as well as other women’s rights related to parental custody, property, employment and income, divorce, economic health of the family and birth control.

Annual exhibits related to the women’s rights movement will continue at the Freeman Store through 2020, which will mark the 100th anniversary of adoption of the Constitutional amendment allowing women to vote.

Please learn more about Historic Vienna’s Women’s Suffrage exhibits by clicking on the links below.  VERY detailed information is available in these two Adobe Acrobat PDFs which include all the information displayed during our first two exhibits at the Freeeman Store and Museum.

HVI Origins of Women’s Rights Exhibit 1

HVI The Women’s Rights Movement in 1917 Exhibit 2

 

Suffrage Exhibit

Suffrage Exhibit

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HVI Memberships are from January 1 to December 31. Please renew if you are a member or join our group in order to promote history and support Historic Vienna Inc. Annual Memberships: Individual – $20, Family – $25 & Group or Corporate – $35

The Marco Polo Building a part of life in Vienna   By Connie Stuntz

Because of the seemingly certain fate of Vienna’s Marco Polo building at 245 Maple Avenue West, this article I found in our collection of memories seems timely. It appeared in The Providence Journal, a popular weekly McLean newspaper edited by Richard Smith. His wife Louise Smith wrote “The Grapevine,” a neighborly society column enjoyed by much of Fairfax County.

In her December 7, 1954 column, she describes the interior of the Marco Polo in its first year when my husband Mayo and I hosted a holiday dance there:

The dance was held in the new Garden Room opened in Vienna during the past Fall by Mr. George Copp, and no more agreeable place could have been found. The building features a two-story, semi-circular bay window in the center of its façade. Behind the lower one on Saturday evening twinkled the lights of a Christmas tree. Coats were left below on ample racks, and one went to the second floor for dancing. 

At one end of the ballroom was a great raised fireplace, in which roared at first, and finally glowed, a cheerful fire. The walls have enough variety in finish to lend interest and a certain coziness not usually found in such large rooms. There is red brick, pine paneling, painted plaster, and a large expanse of scenic wallpaper.

We were pleased that George Copp had been inspired to build such a gathering place in Vienna. The spacious second floor room was perfect for the Christmas Dance for several hundred special friends and relations whom we wanted to entertain before our family left Vienna in early 1955 for Japan for several years.

As I’m writing this now, I’m thinking of all sorts of events I’ve attended at the Marco Polo Restaurant on the first floor, particularly Ayr Hill Garden Club May luncheons. They always had good food and plenty of parking. Until now I had not realized how much the 62 years of this building’s history meant to me.

 

Summer Events at the Freeman Store and Museum

By Mike Berger

Each Wednesday from June 24 through August 5, Historic Vienna (the Freeman Store and Museum), 131 Church Street, NE, will continue the Stories and Sprinkles program for children at the Historic Vienna Little Library just behind the Freeman Store. The program will begin at 1pm and after the stories, the kids (any age) can enjoy a run through the sprinklers on the lawn of the Vienna Town Green.

Historic Vienna will also be participating in each of the Afternoons on Church Street,  the next being Sunday, June 28, from 1-5 PM (the theme will be Stories and Scavengers), and then Sunday, July 26 (the theme that day will be Party on the Porch). At the June event Historic Vienna will offer a wide variety of vintage children’s games (tiddlywinks, hop-scotch, hoops, and more). There will be homemade ice cream to churn and enjoy.  On the porch historian John Vrana will host “A Chat with Abram,” a conversation set in the 19th Century with Abram Lydecker, answering questions and talking about the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire railroad, 19th Century agriculture, and issues of the day. The July event will feature Prudence Traut’s quilting display and demonstration at the Freeman Store. From 2-3 PM, Mr. Vrana will again be on the porch presenting “Music of the Civil War”; a program of traditional music of the American Civil War, the Irish, and the 19th century. He will feature mandolin, concertina, harmonica, and other instruments. Events are rain or shine.

Bring your children, listen to stories, play the games, enjoy the presentations and demonstrations, and, of course, peruse our vintage items and used books for sale every time you come to the Store, as well as a wide assortment of gifts and a great selection of old-fashioned candies.

ViVa VIENNA Brings Vienna Together!

ViVa! Vienna! – a family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit.

Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors and entertainment – fun for all ages!

Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations.

50,000 guests and over 300 vendors

100% of proceeds go to charitable, community and humanitarian organizations.

Join us for Church Street Stroll!

Date: December 1
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Church Street

Program of Events:
Church Street closes at 5:45
Santa arrives at 6:15
Santa and Mayor light the tree at 6:20

Music at the Showmobile Stage:

  • Wolftrap Elementary Singers
  • Louise Archer Elementary Singers
  • Green Hedges School Jazz Ensemble
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church Revelation Ensemble
  • Fairfax Jubilaires
  • Vienna Community Band
  • Strolling
  • Vienna Falls Chorus of Sweet Adelines

Historic Structures will be open:

  • Freeman Store and Museum
  • Little Library
  • Caboose
  • Train Station
  • Knights of Columbus (formerly First Baptist)
  • Vienna Presbyterian’s Old Chapel

Other drop-in activities:

  • CHO Canned Food Collection (No expired food, please! Boxes Located by the Freeman Store Porch)
  • Supervised bonfires with marshmallows for roasting
  • Hot chocolate
  • Petting zoo

Co-Sponsors
Historic Vienna, Inc.
Merchants of Church Street
Town of Vienna Department of Parks & Recreation

Questions? Call us at (703) 938-5187!

Unveiling & Dedication Ceremony At The Little Free Library! EVENT COMPLETE!

Green Hedges School, Historic Vienna Inc., The Friends of Patrick Henry Library and the Town of Vienna are excited to unveil the Little Free Library at the Little Library of Vienna and dedicate it to the memory of Jane Seeman.

 

Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM in front of the Little Library of Vienna, 131 Church Street NE, Vienna VA 22180.

 

Flyer for event:

Little Free Library Announcement Flyer 3

 

Entertainment by students from Green Hedges School, Thoreau Middle School and Madison High School

 

Meet the Cat in the Hat and visit the children’s crafts table

 

Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods and Café Amouri

 

Call 703-938-0405 for more information

 

In the event of rain the dedication will take place at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East in Vienna

 

*What is a Little Free Library? It is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. Read more at

http://littlefreelibrary.org/

 

Free Private Tours of the Freeman Store and Museum

Historic Vienna, Inc. would like to remind Scout leaders, organizers of school field trips, and program/activity chairs of any group that we offer tours of the historic Freeman Store, customized to the age, size and interests of the tour group.  Our docents use anecdotes and objects from HVI’s collections to make the history of Vienna and the Freeman Store  come alive. 

The free tours are by appointment only, open to any group.  For more information, call Mike Cheselka at (703) 483-0369, or call the Freeman Store at (703) 938-9157!

Old-Fashioned Summer Fun For Kids!

Date and Time: July 26 at 2:00 PM and August 2 at 4:00 PM
Location:
The Freeman Store and Museum

Historic Vienna, Inc. is offering  “Old Fashioned Summer Fun For Kids” on the side lawn of the Freeman Store, 131 Church Street NE on Saturday, July 26 at 2 pm and Saturday, August 2 at 4 pm.  Children and parents are invited to play old-time games. learn some crafts, listen to a storyteller and make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream.  Free and open to the public, reservations encouraged. 

For more information, call (703) 938-5187. 

 

 

Thank You To Our Friends and Supporters

Historic Vienna, inc. would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their support during 2013 & 2014:

·         Boy Scout troop #152 for their invaluable assistance during the used book sale

·       Rotary Club of Vienna for their generous financial support from the proceeds of Viva!Vienna!

·       David Lanphear for assistance with the Christmas tree and Holiday decorations

·       Optimist Club of |Vienna for the beautiful Christmas tree

·       The many members of Vienna’s music community who performed at the Walk on the Hill, the Church Street Holiday Stroll and other HVI events

·   Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (train station), Optimist Club of Vienna (caboose), Knights of Columbus (original 1st baptist church) and Vienna Presbyterian (old chapel) for opening their doors during the stroll and other events

·       All of the generous Vienna citizens and neighbors who loaned materials for our exhibits

·       Kathy Tugendhat for her annual “stories and sprinklers” program for children at the little library and town green

·       And all of the other volunteers who supported our events, meetings, programs and activities with their time and talents