Reston Hears Voices, The Marketing of A New Town

Thursday, May 10th at 7pm
Location: Jo Ann Rose Gallery, RCC Lake Anne

Chris Rooney will present a talk on the print advertising campaigns of Reston during its first decade and how they relate to the creative revolution of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. Advertisements that ran in the Washington Post and Washington Evening Star reveal a wealth of insights on the new town as it sought to define itself to DC area readers – those same readers needed to populate Reston as well as businesses willing to relocate or set up shop in what was formerly wooded farmland in the outer suburbs of Virginia.

Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center.

Other upcoming programs at

NOVA’s Summer HIS 188 Course, Field Survey Techniques in Archaeology

8 week course, beginning Tuesday June 5th with class sessions Tuesday nights on the Loudoun campus (NVCC) and Saturday mornings at area historical sites. Taught by Professor Patrick O’Neill. Students are responsible for their own transportation. The course has no pre-requisites.

Some local sites:
• Chapman’s Mill in Prince William County
• Bristoe Station Battlefield west of Manassas,
• Fairfax County Archaeology Research Lab in Annandale
• Ball-Sellers House in Glen-Carlyn, Robert Ball Sr. Cemetery, in Ballston

Some possible topics to be covered in the course:
• architectural details and dating
• local, county, state, Federal significance of architectural history
• National Register site evaluation
• Measured drawings and photographs
• use of hand compass – conduct pedestrian surveys and mapping
• laying out grids – artifact collecting and excavation
• GIS – finding and comparing sites and locations
• LIDAR technology – finding sites
• land parcel maps (deeds/patents) – finding sites and buildings
• USGS topographic maps – locating and mapping sites and landforms
• aerial photographs – finding and mapping sites
• Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – finding buildings
• Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) – finding foundations, graves, pits…