History Talks / Presentations & Lectures

Part of the mission of Historic Vienna, Inc. is to educate the public, preserve and promote knowledge of Vienna’s heritage and create an awareness of Vienna’s past. One way this is achieved is through a variety of talks, presentations, lectures and discussions open to the public. When these have been recorded, we will make them available here.

The African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA

In October 2020, Sylvia Taylor and Gloria Runyon, long time Vienna residents, members of the Historic Vienna, Inc. Board of Directors and members of the First Baptist Church of Vienna, presented a talk on the highlights of Vienna’s African American Community.  Their talk described some of the historic sites on the tour that they created to share the rich history of Vienna’s African American community.  Please click here to access it. 

The African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA, was originally created in February 2017 as one of the events held in celebration of First Baptist Church of Vienna’s 150th Anniversary.  It discussed long-time families, their contributions to the community and important sites including churches, schools, cemeteries, parks, homes and landmarks.         

If you would like to learn about the contributions of Vienna’s African Americans from 1867 to 2006, please take this self-guided tour containing all of the sites on their tour.  You can choose to take the tour as a riding tour, either in a vehicle or on a bicycle, or as a walking tour.  The walking tour is divided into 4 segments with 5 to 8 sites per segment.  You can choose to download all segments together or each segment individually.  

Riding Tour of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA.  This contains all 22 sites.

Complete Walking Tour of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA.  This contains all 22 sites.

Walking Tour Segment 1 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA.  This contains 8 sites.

Walking Tour Segment 2 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA.  This contains 5 sites.

Walking Tour Segment 3 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA.  This contains 5 sites.

Walking Tour Segment 4 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA.  This contains 3 sites.

The Northwest Vienna African American Neighborhood Tour will be available later this month.  We apologize for the delay.

Getting the Vote – The Women’s Rights Movement 

To honor the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment Historic Vienna, Inc. has presented a series of 5 exhibits on the Women’s Rights Movement. Annual exhibits related to the women’s rights movement continued at the Freeman Store through 2021 (the final exhibit was extended through 2021 due to the pandemic). On August 18, 2020, to mark the 100th anniversary of adoption of the Constitutional amendment allowing women to vote, Historic Vienna released Leigh Kitcher’s presentation: Getting the Vote: the Women’s Rights Movement summarizing the information in the first three exhibits from the origins up until the right to vote was won.

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