History Talks

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.

October 20, 2020: Highlights of Vienna’s African American History

At the virtual membership meeting in October 2020, 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.   Please click here to access it.

Their presentation is 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.

August 18, 2020: 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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