Open Hours For The Freeman Store & Museum
POPUP ONLINE SALES
The Freeman Store has online popup sales via a dedicated website. These sales happen about once a month and last for one week with a contact-less pickup on our front porch.
Please watch for an announcement here about our next popup sale date!
You can also stay connected with us on Instagram or our Facebook group. Email us any time if you have a question!
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HVI Fall Membership Meeting
“Highlights of Vienna’s African American History”
The Fall Membership meeting of Historic Vienna, Inc. was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 via Zoom. There was a brief business meeting before the program, and this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award was announced. All HVI Membership meetings are free and open to the public.
Gloria Runyon and Sylvia Taylor, long time Vienna residents, members of the Historic Vienna, Inc. Board of Directors and members of the First Baptist Church of Vienna, collaborated to present Highlights of Vienna’s African American History. They discussed long-time families, their contributions to the community and important sites including churches, schools, cemeteries, parks, homes and landmarks.
Their presentation was a portion of their African American Historical Van Tour of Vienna, which, in total, includes 22 historical sites. The tour was initiated in 2017 at First Baptist Church of Vienna as part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration. It was added to the Town of Vienna Parks & Recreation Programs and Events Guide from 2018 to 2020. Gloria and Sylvia have given tours as requested and a presentation of African American Historic Presence and Contributions in the Vienna Area to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at Patrick Henry Library.
Their mission is to research, enlighten, stimulate interest, and foster appreciation for the rich heritage and enduring legacy of the community’s African American ancestors who lived in Vienna and surrounding areas in Fairfax County.
Please stay tuned for the link to listen and watch this fascinating program. There were some technical difficulties with the recording, and we hope to have them resolved soon and available for you here. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
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Covid-19 Experience Archive
We have closed our first Covid-19 Survey Monkey Questionnaire and we would like to thank everyone who participated. It is so important for HVI to accurately capture this point in time for future reflection. Please be on the lookout for a second survey focused on how our community is navigating through this pandemic in the fall. The results from our first survey can be seen at https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-FYYCPXWH7/
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Many organizations have released statements about the issues that recent protests addressed. The statement released by The National Trust for Historic Preservation https://savingplaces.org/press-center/media-resources/statement-on-death-of-george-floyd-and-the-aftermath#.XtkBhTpJGUk caught our attention. It said:
We believe that historic preservation can play a critical role in acknowledging and healing the divisions in our nation, by telling the full story of our often-difficult history, by elevating and preserving the enormous and important contributions African Americans have made to our nation, and by carrying that powerful legacy forward through places of truth and reconciliation.
We at Historic Vienna agree with the National Trust’s statement that we can play a critical role in the healing the divisions in our nation. We will continue to preserve all of Vienna’s history and strive to tell the full story.Support HVI
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Our 2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS will give you an idea of the events offered by Historic Vienna, Inc. Please note, however, that all in person events and tours were unfortunately cancelled this year due to the pandemic.
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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. Thank you!
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