September 1, 2022
Mike Washvill. Cold War Museum, Vint Hill, VA spoke to us about The Cold War Museum located at Vint Hill Farm. His presentation highlighted how the property was purchased during World War II to be utilized as a station to intercept enemy intelligence traffic being sent through the Japanese Embassy in Berlin. Once intercepted, the information was sent to the Signal Intelligence Service located at Arlington Hall Station for decoding. Interestingly, over 70% of personnel working in this sensitive arena were women. The information intercepted at this small farm located in Fauquier County thousands of miles away from the fighting front was instrumental in the success of the Battle of Normandy on D-Day in 1945.
October 6, 2022
She is an award-winning harpist and vocalist who combines the ethereal beauty of the harp with her stunning angelic voice. Ms. Davis is one of the few musicians in the world who can sing while playing the harp at an elite level. She has delighted audiences with her remarkable abilities for over a decade. One recent reviewer described her as a “five-star harpist and an amazing musical talent. She is truly an expert in her craft.” Her husband will be playing the cello. Here's a sample:
March 2, 2023
Katie Crooks, Director of the Lucy Burns Suffrage Museum
Ms. Crooks has 18 years of experience working in museums and cultural institutions. She led the U.S. Embassy, Beijing in their efforts to rejuvenate their exhibitions and museum-based programing in China, establishing protocols and standards for exhibits at the newly constructed Beijing American Center. Additionally, she has worked with the Laoniu Children's Museum, toured numerous exhibitions across China, and rebuilt the Embassy's docent program. Stateside, she has worked with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery in D.C., creating and managing a variety of public programs.
November 3, 2022
My talk is called
“Did You Know … ?” Interesting and unusual stories from four hundred years of Prince William County history.
I am a native of Indiana, a graduate Indiana University with a masters degree in library science. I have lived in the Washington DC area since 1970, and have worked with Prince William Public Libraries for 43 years. Our genealogy and local history department (“RELIC”) is located at Central Library in Manassas. Our staff is happy to help anyone with their family history regardless of where their family originated. Although I am from Indiana, I happen to have a number of ancestors who lived in the Northern Virginia area over two hundred years ago.
January 5, 2023
Katherine Turner, editor and author of contemporary romantic women’s fiction that explores the power of love and human resilience in the wake of trauma and abuse. As a survivor of childhood trauma and abuse, She is passionate about improving the world through literature, empathy, and understanding.
I believe strongly that we can all benefit from deeper insight into and compassion for the long-term effects of trauma in the world around us.
Her latest book is entitled Resilient.