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Historic Vienna Inc. CALENDAR of Events 2018:

Calendar 2018

HISTORIC VIENNA INK Newsletter:
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Historic Vienna’s ANTIQUES MARKET Saturday September 8, 2018

Historic Vienna Inc. will be hosting an ANTIQUES MARKET at the Freeman Store & Museum (located at 131 Church Street NE) on Saturday September 8, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. This is a Family Friendly event featuring antiques for SALE and for EVALUATION, food & drinks (provided by Vienna American Legion Post, the Pure Pasty Co. and other local merchants) and games & music.

We will have expert appraisers on-site specializing in jewelry, gold, silver, coins, watches, stamps and general items. Bring in your antique for a verbal evaluation. Cost for this service is $10 per item (HVI members $8).
Reservations and Pre-Payment are a MUST.
Please call 703-938-5187 or email historicviennava@gmail.com to schedule a time slot for your antique evaluation.
Deadline for reservations is 9/1/18.
We hope to see you there!
Appraisal Event 2018

Click link below for printable summary flyer for Antiques Market
Vienna Antiques Market

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.

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

 

Please support Historic Vienna Inc. using Amazonsmile !

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When you purchase any eligible item on Amazon, 0.5% of the item price is donated to our 501c3 Non-profit organization.

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

VIENNA’S LITTLE LIBRARY celebrates 120 YEARS!  SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2017.

The one-room library building, now located on Mill Street in Vienna, was the Town’s first public library, constructed in 1897 by local resident Edward R. Pierce at Library Lane and Maple Avenue. It was moved in 1912 to Center Street and Maple Avenue, and in 1969 to its present location where it is maintained as a museum by Historic Vienna.

The celebration included remarks by local dignitaries and former Little Library patrons, presentation of proclamations honoring the anniversary, musical entertainment, games for children and adults, and souvenirs and refreshments for everyone.

Historic Vienna Inc. also honored the history of this beautiful and important building during this year’s Vienna Halloween Parade.

 

Dr. Robert Amsler receives Town of Vienna Volunteer Recognition award on April 18, 2017!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Amsler for this well deserved award.  “In honor of your service to the community as an outstanding volunteer who has generously and enthusiastically given your time and resources to assist others.”

Dr. Amsler Volunteer Award from Town of Vienna

 Report on the Little Library Research (Vienna, VA’s original library – built in 1897)

By Dr. Robert Amsler

While my effort to solve the mystery of what books are in the Little Library and how they are organized on the shelves started with the creation of spreadsheets of the catalog cards in the Biography and Non-Fiction drawers of the card catalog, it has since progressed to examining the actual books one by one and recording their bibliographic information directly. In part this was necessitated by the absence of copyright dates or publishers on the catalog cards, but also because I’ve discovered that the card catalog is not a complete inventory of the books catalogued in the Little Library.

Little Library 1950-51

The first thing one must get used to when dealing with the Little Library is Murphy’s Law. Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong at some point. We not only have catalog cards for books that cannot be found (as of yet), but there are books on the shelves that were indeed catalogued long ago for which there are no catalog cards. There are also uncatalogued books on the shelves that were donated to the Little Library after it closed (continuing the uninterrupted tradition of Vienna residents for well over 100 years of donating books for libraries).

Little Library Interior #1

Little Library Interior #1

The Little Library was truly the product of ‘folk librarianship’ in that unlike every library we have known about since being small children, the call numbers on its books are NOT the basis for where they are located on its shelves. The call numbers, many of which are still legible on the spines of the books as well as written inside the books are actually accession numbers. They aren’t based on any library classification system. They were totally invented and used just in the Vienna Little Library.

These call numbers give an alphabetic category code describing what section of the library the book should be shelved in, such as F for Adult Fiction, B for Biography, or JR for Junior (Children’s books), but then add a letter-number combination below that which represents the first letter of its author or a word from its title and then an integer to indicate how many times that letter has been used in that category. So, the first step in understanding the organization of the Little Library was the very unintuitive observation that the call numbers didn’t explain either specifically where the books would be placed on the shelves, how to reshelve them, or in general indicate a relationship between consecutive numbered books.

The second major discovery was that the card catalog doesn’t really contain alphabetic subject cards. The Little Library librarians always created cards for titles of books, usually for the authors of books, but created no index cards for the subjects of books. For books in the Biography (B) section, the books are alphabetized on two bookcases by what we expect to be their order in a contemporary library, by the ‘biographee’ (the person whose biography the book describes), but that may not be either the author or title of the book. For example, the 1952 biography, “Windows for the Crown Prince” by Elizabeth Gray Vining with call number B V-10 is shelved alphabetically under “AKIHITO” who was the subject of the biography. There are catalog cards for the author (“Vining…”) and for the title (“Windows…), but none for Akihito.

Little Library Interior #2

Little Library Interior #2

For children’s books things are perhaps more difficult, since as far as I can tell, there is no separation of non-fiction from fiction books; they are all shelved in one alphabetical order by their authors. The call numbers are of course something completely different.

Adult Fiction is perhaps the easiest to locate, having catalog cards by author and title, and being shelved alphabetically by authors and within authors by titles. Adult non-fiction is in two bookcases, subdivided into sections roughly by its category letters; but there was a good deal of indecision as to what ‘subject’ some of the non-fiction books belonged under. S (for Science), Bot (for Botany), and even a special shelf for books for the Vienna’s Ayr Hill Garden Club dealing with flowers, trees, shrubs and birds.

To facilitate working with the bookcases they have been given designations according to what wall of the library they touch: North, South, East, West and Center as well as numbering the bookcases from left-to-right and conceptually numbering the shelves from top-to-bottom and the books from left-to-right. And now, most of the bookcases also bear labels indicating what category of books they contain and the range of authors/biographees in that bookcase. The secrets of the books will require book-by-book examination of each one, for many surprises exist in individual volumes.

Note: the books in the collection, while old, are not valuable, as they have been ‘enjoyed’ by many readers over the years, and so are of little interest to book collectors.

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.

Santa visits the Freeman Store!

Date: December 13 and 14
Time:
1:30-3:30 PM
Location: 
The Freeman Store and Museum

In addition to officially opening the holiday season in Vienna with his arrival at the Church Street Stroll on Dec. 1st, Santa Claus and his elves will welcome visitors to the Freeman Store at 131 Church Street, NE, Vienna, on Saturday Dec. 13 and Sunday Dec. 14, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm each day.

Parents often comment that this is the perfect “Santa Experience,” low-key, no-hassle, non-commercial and fun for all ages.  Santa’s special chair is positioned next to the gorgeous Historic Vienna tree in the upstairs parlor of the Freeman Store.

Santa is a master at calming the jitters of first-time visitors and welcomes the many annual returnees with his best “ho-ho-ho.”  Children who may be a bit nervous are encouraged to sit and watch for awhile – and most end up enthusiastically telling Santa their Christmas wishes!

Free and open to the public, no reservations, the perfect setting, the jolliest Santa, the very best photo opportunity – we have it all!

Questions? Call (703) 938-5187.

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/

 

The Church Street Holiday Stroll is back!

Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Date:
Monday, December 2
Location:
Church Street

The Annual Church Street Holiday Stroll will take place on Monday, December 2, from 6 to 9 pm on Vienna’s Historic Church Street.  Church Street closes at 5:45 PM.  Santa will arrive via fire truck at 6:15 and help the Mayor light the tree at 6:20 PM, there will be musical performances on the stage and strolling singers along the street. Historic structures including the Freeman House, Little Library, Vienna Presbyterian’s Old Chapel, the Knights of Columbus (formerly 1st Baptist), the Caboose and the Train Station will be open.  There will be a petting zoo, supervised bonfires with marshmallows to roast, hot chocolate, shopping and  Coldwell Banker will sponsor a Toys For Tots collection. The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Historic Vienna, Inc., the Town’s Department of Parks & Rec and Church Street merchants.  Church Street Merchants will be open.

For more information call (703) 938-5187.

Click link below to download Church Street Stroll Flyer!

Church St. Stroll 2013

Summer Activities on the Green and at the Freeman Store

Visitors to the Town Green, located between Maple Avenue and the rear of the Freeman Store, are reminded that the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  When you run in to buy a soda or some candy, please take the time to appreciate that you are stepping back into another era, where an actual Storekeeper reaches into a glass display jar to pull out a candy stick or a jawbreaker, where you can explain to a child how a crank-operated, wall-mounted telephone works and where a family really did “live above the store.”  Our “Roads To Rails To Trails:” exhibit continues through the summer months, as does a mini-exhibit on the War of 1812 and our Museum Rooms offer a look into the past with period decorations and displays.

The concert schedule for the Town Green offers something for everyone – blues, military bands and choruses, jazz, country, bluegrass, rock.  Starting times are usually 6:30, music lovers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets (but no alcohol and pets are discouraged).  A full schedule of concerts is available on the Town website.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Event: Vintage Baseball Game

Mid Atlantic Vintage Baseball League and living history exhibition as part Vienna’s ongoing 150th commemorative observation of the American Civil War. Mark those calendars June 23! The event will be held from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM, with games from 12:00-5:30 PM.

Living History Exhibition includes telegraph, first person spy impression, signal flag demonstration, quilting, bonnet and soap making etc.

The first Civil War era ball game played by 1864 rules starts at noon and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

 At 1:30 a skills classes will be offered to children ages 6 to 12 (approximate time)

The next game start at 2:00 PM.

3:30 is the next skills class (approximate time)

And 4:00 PM Is the scheduled time for the last round robin game of the day.

The exhibition grounds are open until 5:30 PM.

Come and see how the game was born, how it used to be played (without gloves!) renew your love for the game or find a new one. This is the perfect history activity to do with your dad, grandson, etc. see you on the Caffi ball fields on June 23.

Additional parking at Vienna Elementary school and at Vienna medical Center on Park Street (the latter after noon).