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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019 – Historic Vienna Inc.

Calendar 2019

HISTORIC VIENNA INK Newsletter:

INK Summer 2019
INK Spring 2019
INK Winter 2018
INK Fall 2018
INK Summer 2018
INK Spring 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON 2019 EVENTS!

Mark your calendars for our Antiques & Collectibles Evaluation Event
on June 22, 2019 at 11am-4pm.
We have invited professional auction specialists from Oakridge Auction Gallery, of Ashburn. Bring your antique or collectible item to be evaluated by an appraisal expert specializing in paintings, prints drawings and ceramics (European, American, Chinese and Japanese), glass (European and American), items of vertu (i.e., sterling silver services, bowls, teapots, etc.), jewelry and watches, and books. Furniture can be evaluated via good quality photographs and specific dimensions. The cost for evaluation is $10 per item and $8 per item for Historic Vienna members, with a limit of 2 items per person.
Call 703-938-5187 or email us at historicviennava@gmail.com

**Please ask when you make your reservation if you would like to bring an item requiring a different expertise and we will see if an appropriate expert can be made available.**

Evaluation Event 2019

Book Talk & Signing
Marie Kisner’s new book “Vienna Stories 1950-2000”
Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE
In her 33 years as former Public Information Officer, Town of Vienna, Marie communicated changes in our town to its residents & the public. She will be discussing her new book and signing books at this event.
Marie will also sign books during the Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation event
at the Freeman Store on Saturday, June 22 from 11am to 1pm.
Her new book is available exclusively at the Freeman Store.
Event is free and open to the public.
Book Talk 2019

2019 EXHIBITS:.

Visit our exciting exhibits for 2019 – “Vienna in the 1950s”. This period was a time of massive expansion in Vienna. We will show how our town changed and improved during those years as we highlight the decades’ rewards and challenges.
Our continuing exhibit on the “Women’s Suffrage Movement” will focus on
Women Creating a More Perfect Democracy: 100 Years of the League of Women Voters

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Vienna in the 1950’s

2019 Exhibit: Women Creating a More Perfect Democracy. 100 Years of the League of Women Voters

Women creating a more perfect Democracy. 100 Years of the League of Women Voters.

Women creating a more perfect Democracy. 100 Years of the League of Women Voters.

Women creating a more perfect Democracy. 100 Years of the League of Women Voters.


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.

While you’re thinking about the holidays…shop local at the Freeman Store!

Our Storekeeper has ordered a wonderful list of items which have begun arriving for your early holiday shopping or, if you are not yet ready to shop, for your list-making.

In addition to our usual exceptional collection of books (for children, local history, cook books), pottery and linens, we have unusual children’s toys, many harkening back to an earlier age and many suitable for stockings or small gift exchanges.  Virginia-made items include soaps, candles, preserves and jellies and jingle birds and what child (of any age) would not enjoy a selection of old-fashioned candy?

Our December issue of HVInk will include more details on Christmas Shopping at the Freeman House but it is never too early to stop in for the best selection.