The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is holding an event highlighting women pioneers in Reston in honor of Women’s History Month.
The free program will begin at 7 p.m. at the RCC Lake Anne Jo Anne Rose Gallery. It will start off with a slide presentation about early women Reston residents followed by a panel discussion covering more recent women’s involvement in Reston.
The list of Reston pioneer women cover all sectors of the community, including education, politics, architecture, art, media and more.
One of the women to be highlighted in the slide presentation is Chloethiel Woodard Smith, an architect and urban planner from the D.C. area and who was one of the original architects in Reston, said Alexandra Campbell, executive director of Reston Historic Trust & Museum.
Another woman to be featured is Priscilla Ames who was the director of the developer’s Community Center in Reston.
“She was incredibly involved. She kind of just knew everybody, tried to know everybody in the community and to let them know what Reston had to offer,” Campbell said.
The museum currently has an ongoing list of Reston pioneer women, which the public can add to at anytime on their website.
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The Reston Historic Trust and Museum will host a panel tonight exploring whether Reston is living up to founder Bob Simon’s goal of being a diverse place.
The panel of speakers will include residents who have lived in Reston for different periods of time. Panelists are Beverly Cosham, Victoria Cosham-Rivera, Omer Gorashi, Gerald Zavala and Anthony Zavala.
The event is free and will run from 7-9 p.m. at the JoAnn Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne.
One of Simon’s goals was to ensure individual dignity was the focal point of all planning.
“We are interested in not only the experiences of the early pioneers, but also the experiences of those who grew up in Reston, those who came later and their children’s experiences, and the impressions and experiences of those who are the more recent members of our community,” organizers said in an Facebook event page.
Commemorative bricks for Reston’s annual Founder’s Day are being sold through Wednesday, February 14.
Bricks will be installed on Lake Anne Plaza after Founder’s Day on April 14. They can be purchased from the Reston Historic Trust and Museum for a tax-deductible contribution of $100 for a standard brick and $250 for a large brick.
The tradition aims to bring Robert E. Simon and his vision for a special and inclusive community to life, according to organizers.
“It is a way for members of the community to leave a legacy or honor a loved one. The bricks are also a tangible and visible way for the community to be a part of the history or Reston,” said Alexandra Campbell, executive director of Reston Historic Trust and Museum.
Founder’s Day is presented by Reston Historic Trust and Museum, Reston Association, Reston Community Center, and Public Art Reston. The event is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.
Photo courtesy Reston Historic Trust and Museum