The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is encouraging the community to celebrate Founder’s Day from home. Even though we cannot come together to commemorate Reston’s founding as we have done every year, we have created a way celebrate virtually. Founder’s Day, Saturday April 18, 2020 is a time for us to reflect on Reston’s unique history to thank founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. for his vision that has made Reston such a special place to live. The founding principles of live, work, and play that Simon firmly established over 50 years ago continues to this day.
Chuck Veatch, founding and current board member of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum spoke of this year’s Founder’s Day: “This is our 17th Founder’s Day and marks my 56th year living working playing and or serving in Reston. I will miss welcoming everyone in person to Founder’s Day this year but really want to see how each of us celebrates in this the most unusual Founder’s Day in our history. Let’s make it memorable with moments we can share forever through the Reston Historic Trust & Museum.”
We are asking the community to tag @restonmuseum in a social media video of no more than 30 seconds long, showing how Founder’s Day is being celebrated. Everyone who tags @restonmuseum in their video will be entered to win a personalized commemorative brick to be installed at Lake Anne Plaza in 2021. Winner will be chosen 4/20/2020.
If inspiration is needed, restonmuseum.org/foundersday provides a list of ways the community can engage with Founder’s Day this year.
Founder’s Day is presented by the Reston Historic Trust & Museum with support from Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by Public Art Reston. It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.
About the Reston Historic Trust & Museum
The Reston Historic Trust & Museum (RHT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Reston’s past, informing the present, and influencing the future of Reston. RHT is located at Lake Anne Plaza and is open Monday through Saturday free of charge and conducts educational and public programming, exhibitions, and public events including the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, Reston Home Tour, and Founder’s Day. RHT also preserves a collection of archival material and artifacts related to the history of Reston. Programs of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center.