Since April 5, 1976, Historic Vienna, Inc. (HVI) has served as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to:
- Preserving and promoting Vienna’s heritage through the identification, preservation, and interpretation of historically significant places, events, and persons
- Educating the public through permanent and revolving exhibits, outreach programs, special events and publications
- Enhancing a spirit of community through an awareness of Vienna’s past
What Does HVI Do?
- Identifies, preserves, and operates sites and structures of historical significance, such as The Freeman Store and Museum and the Little Library Museum
- Acquires and exhibits artifacts of historical interest
- Presents revolving museum exhibits: 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, Suffrage
- Conducts educational presentations, history talks, and tours for students and civic groups
- Maintains and operates the Freeman Store offering artisan crafts, Virginia & Vienna souvenirs, pottery, gifts for all occasions, home decorative items, cards, postcards, books on local history, classic children’s toys and candy
- Operates the Used Book Cellar selling quality used books at affordable prices which also serves as a major fundraiser for Historic Vienna, Inc.
- Preserves Vienna’s stories (oral histories) through the telling of oral and written histories of the past and present
- Coordinates annual events, such as Walk On The Hill, antique appraisals and Santa Claus at Christmas time
- Offers traditional Afternoon Teas
- Serves as a recipient of gifts, legacies, and bequests for on-going preservation and historic activities
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, Inc. 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.
Officers of Historic Vienna, Inc.
Anne Stuntz, President
Nancy Moats, Vice President
Leigh Kitcher, Treasurer
Katie Newland, Secretary
Leslie Herman, Town Liaison
Board Members of Historic Vienna, Inc.
Mike Berger, Catherine Hardman, Simeon Moats, Gloria Runyon, Steve Shannon, Sylvia Taylor, Jon Vrana
Store Managers and Historic Site Managers of Historic Vienna, Inc.
Patti and Susan