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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019 – Historic Vienna Inc.

Calendar 2019

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Fall Membership Meeting
Colbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post, will speak at Historic Vienna, Inc.’s Fall meeting on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30pm at Vienna’s Town Hall, 127 Center Street So.
Mr. King will discuss his coming of age as an African-American during the turbulence of the segregated 1950s. His talk is in conjunction with our current exhibit “Vienna in the 1950s”.
Free Admission
Open to the Public
Refreshments
For more information please contact us at 703-938-5187 or historicviennava@gmail.com
Membership Meeting Fall 2019

Fall Meeting featuring presentation by Colbert King. Tues. Oct 22 @7:30pm

SOCK HOP!
This year’s exhibit at the Freeman Store and Museum is ‘Vienna in the 1950s’ and, in keeping with that theme, Historic Vienna, Inc. is holding a 1950’s SOCK HOP!
Saturday, November 23 at 7-9 pm at the Vienna Community Center Auxiliary Gym located at 127 Cherry Street S.
Admission $5; Kids 5 and under free. This is a family friendly event! Dust off your saddle shoes and get ready for an evening of dancing and fun!
There will be a quick dance lesson followed by music from a local DJ.
Light refreshments included.
Tickets available at the door, and in advance at the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church St, NE.
For more information please contact us at 703-938-5187 or historicviennava@gmail.com

Sock Hop 2019

SOCK HOP! Sat. Nov 23 @ 7-9pm

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.