The First Annual Prince William/Manassas History Symposium, 25-26 March

Prince William County and the City of Manassas, with the help of Historic Prince William and the Historic Commission, will be hosting an extensive two-day history symposium that will touch on different periods of Prince William County’s history. Throughout the weekend, we will be featuring speakers throughout the day that touch on a variety of subjects from George Washington in Prince William County, to the county’s involvement in the Civil War, World War I, and the integration of Prince William County Schools. Saturday evening, guests will enjoy an exclusive reception at the Manassas Museum with an opportunity for a unique experience to interact with the Museum’s collections. On Sunday, we will be offering an exclusive bus tour to four privately owned historic homes throughout Prince William County, including Bel Air and Park Gate.

For more information, see the  PWC Manassas Symposium event flyer.

Goucher College Forum on Preservation Practice Upcoming

The 7th National Forum on Historic Preservation Practice – A critical examination of the next 50 years, will be held March 18-19 at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act. The law responded admirably to the many challenges facing our nation’s historic patrimony 50 years ago. As our nation celebrates the law’s half-century mark, the question arises – what will the next half-century hold for historic preservation policy and professional practice in the United States? Will the way we now conduct or even define historic preservation change? Much will change in the next half-century. Will the old policies, and practices still work? If not, what are the models?

The 7th National Forum on Historic Preservation Practice will explore our future within the context of five significant drivers that will shape our future: demographics, economics, environment, technology, and education.

The 7th National Forum on Historic Preservation Practice:
seeks to explore multiple answers and perspectives to such questions as:

Will the nation’s expected “majority/minority” population shift, decline in fertility rates, and longer lifespans impact historic preservation practice?

How will historic preservation practice and policies change in response to a post- service/co-production economy, changes in monetary and banking systems, and changes to the tax codes, among other economic trends?

How will advances in science, information technology, and communication affect the professional practice of historic preservation?

How should historic preservation practice response to the effects of environmental change? Should there be better integration between natural conservation and historic preservation?

How will historic preservation education better prepare professionals for the future of preservation practice?

The 7th National Forum seeks diverse answers to these complex questions through plenary presentations from “futurists” experts, 15 competitively selected papers, and robust attendee discussion. Forum attendance will be limited to the first 150 paid registrations to allow dynamic discussion among attendees. The cost of the Forum is $235.00, inclusive of continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, and lunch and reception on Friday. The costs for students, with ID presented at the Forum, is $125.00

Historic House Museum Symposium

On Saturday, March 15, Gunston Hall is holding a symposium on the question, “How are historic house museums adapting to the future?”  Admission is $15, which includes lunch, and the speakers include some faces that may be familiar to NOVA Historic Preservation stalwarts.  Details can be found here.

Sailing the Draken Harald Harfagre

For the last four years a project has been underway to investigate ancient Norse sailing traditions by constructing and sailing of the world’s largest Viking ship built in the modern era. Our own John Kincheloe, a history professor at Loudoun campus, spent the summer of 2013 as a crew member on the Draken Harald Harfagre, sailing the coast of Norway. His goal was to develop an understanding of the Viking age and its maritime legacy. In the process, he experienced firsthand the challenges of historically recreating a method of sailing and way of life that has not existed in over 900 years.

John Kincheloe will speak on both the Viking Maritime Legacy and his experience “Taming the Dragon” on January 29th at 5pm in (LW116).

Upcoming Events at Morven Park

Here are a couple of interesting events being held in the next week or two at historic Morven Park in Leesburg, VA.  It’s a facinating site and everyone is encouraged to check it out!


Sat., April 13 |4-5:30 p.m.                    
“Discovering Davis” Cocktails in the Garden
Experience happy hour outdoors, in the formal gardens of Morven Park’s historic grounds. Beginning with a tour of the Davis Mansion, learn about the lives of its former owners, then enjoy wine and cheese in the place that was their pride and joy … the boxwood gardens. 

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Thurs. April 18 |7-8 p.m.
Up Close & Personal: Tablesettings

This very exclusive look at the extensive silver and china collections within the Davis Mansion will allow a select few the opportunity to handle collection items while learning proper table setting.