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Liberty Amendments Month Celebration
A celebration of the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th amendments, Liberty Amendments Month is the brainchild of Town Manager Mercury Payton, who during this past summer of discourse and strife, sought a way to bring us together and to find common ground. “We all can celebrate these amendments that ensure rights and liberties for each of us,” he says. The celebration, which begins on June 19, 2021 (Juneteenth) and run through July 19, has been officially recognized by the commonwealth of Virginia, having been adopted this year by the General Assembly. Liberty Amendments Day, July 19, has been recognized as an official 2021 Town holiday.
In Vienna, Liberty Amendments Month will kick off with an educational event that will offer thoughtful reflection on the liberties assured by these four amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The celebration will culminate with a multicultural festival featuring food, drinks, crafts, and entertainment from around the world on July 17. In between those dates is where community organizations step in. Each week between June 19 and July 19, one of the four liberty amendments will be celebrated with contests, entertainment, lectures, performances, classes, themed restaurant specials, art exhibits, films, shows, walks, and more. Some events will be live in-person and some will be virtual.
A Museum Exhibit of each Amendment will be on display at the Freeman Store & Museum for 1 week allowing for all 4 Amendments to be viewed. These will also be cumulatively displayed at the Vienna Community Center.
Each Amendment Flash Card Quiz will be scattered on the Freeman Store grounds and Vienna Community Center. Look for garden flags with interesting Q&As.
The Liberty Amendments Learning Tours are educational yard signs that can be found all around Town. Take your picture next to them when you discover them and post on social media using the hashtag #LibertyAmendments and tag @TownofViennaVA.
To view the African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna please click here.
Information on the Northwest Vienna African American Neighborhood Tour will be available later this month. We apologize for the delay.
Liberty Amendments Month: Celebration by Week
Week of June 19 – Amendment # 13: Emancipation | Abolition of Slavery
Week of June 26 – Amendment #14: Citizenship & Equal Rights
Week of July 3 – Amendment #15: Voting Rights for All Men
Week of July 10 – Amendment #19: Voting Rights for Women
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Historic Vienna, Inc. has a *NEW QUESTIONNAIRE* to capture your Covid experiences in the Vienna community.2021 Questionnaire Covid-19 Survey
Your input is so important to us now and to those who follow us in the years to come. Please take 10 minutes of your time to complete this questionnaire. Use the button link to fill out our quick 2021 SurveyMonkey questionnaire. And please continue to share your Covid story with us. Submissions can be made by emailing email@example.com or visiting our Covid Stories page. Thank you!
Learn how Vienna restaurants, businesses parents & students navigated through the pandemic. What they did and what they learned.
Covid-19 Experience Archive
We have completed our 2020 Covid-19 survey and would like to thank everyone who participated. Please click to view the presentation of the results or the full report. It is so important for HVI to accurately capture this point in time for future reflection.
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Free Little Libraries
There’s been a resurgence of interest in little free libraries in our area. A little free library is a “take a book leave a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books in a home’s front yard or public location. We have one located in front of our very own Little Library Museum (located on Mill Street). With access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds, anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.
Little Libraries inspire readers and strengthen communities.
- 92% of people say their neighborhood feels like a friendlier place because of a Little Free Library.
- 3 out of 4 people report they’ve read a book they normally would not have read because of a Little Free Library.
- 73% of people say they’ve met more neighbors because of a Little Free Library.
The Town of Vienna has dozens of free little libraries scattered throughout our neighborhoods. Each one is charming and unique. If you’d like to visit any, or all, of them please click here for a list of all registered boxes in Vienna by zip code.
If you’re interested in knowing where one is located in another locality visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/
Note: Not all little free libraries are officially registered. Many exist without this designation.
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View our 2021 CALENDAR for a list of events offered by Historic Vienna, Inc. Please note: Some events in 2021 are virtual and some are Covid-dependent. Dates and events are subject to change.
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