Through May 23, 2021 -- New Exhibit: The Power of Play
The toys in this exhibit may be familiar or foreign, but the joy of time spent playing is something we can all remember fondly. The vintage toys on display are from the Museum's collection and from private collectors. The exhibit is open free during the Museum's open hours.
April 15 -- Museum at the Market Returns!
Meet us at the Farmer’s Market on the third Thursday of each month to explore objects from the Manassas Museum’s collection and get a FREE hands-on activity to take home! In April, we will be giving away kits for making seed paper. This activity is geared towards families with children between the ages of 3-12 years. The Thursday market is at the Harris Pavilion.
The first school for African American children in Manassas, the Brown School, opened in 1870 and flourished well into the 20th century in part because of a grant from Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Foundation.
Lawana Holland-Moore, Program Officer, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, National Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss the history and legacy of Rosenwald Schools and share the work being done by the National Trust to help communities successfully rehabilitate existing Rosenwald Schools. Prior to the conversation with Ms. Holland-Moore, registrants will receive a passcode to view the documentary film Rosenwald, which tells the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears Roebuck and helped build over 5,000 schools during the early part of the 20th century.
Register by April 15th to receive a passcode to watch the film in a 48 hour window prior to the lecture by Ms. Holland-Moore. The lecture is free to access on facebook.com@cityofmanassasleisure
April 28 @ 3 PM -- Virtual Stories of Preservation & Progress
Ron Chase, founding Director of the Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum will discuss this historically Black community located near the Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria that was a sanctuary for free Blacks and enslaved people who fled captivity. Tune in at facebook.com/cityofmanassasleisure
May 1, 8:30 AM-4 PM -- 6th Annual Prince William County/Manassas History Symposium
Join several local historic organizations as we commemorate local history at our Sixth Annual Prince William-Manassas History Symposium. Topics include: the Freedman’s Bureau in Prince William County; the The Legend of “Stonewall” Jackson; Prince William County’s Frontiersman, Simon Kenton; the Life of Robert Carter III, Virginia’s First Emancipator; and WWII Lady Spies of the Office of Strategic Services.
$10 for all day symposium. Spaces are limited, reservations required and all attendees are required to wear a mask during event. Symposium to take place under a tent at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 20136. Register Online: www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms • By Phone: 703-792-4754 www.pwcgov.org/history | HistoricPreservation@pwcgov.org
May 8 / 11 AM- 1 PM -- Annaburg Open House
Learn about master planning efforts for the historic house and grounds.
May 26 @ 3 PM -- Virtual Stories of Preservation & Progress
Learn about Willing Warriors--a local non-profit offering cost-free retreats for Veterans and their families. Shirley Dominick, co-founder and president will discuss how her own military experience informs her work and why she has dedicated her life to helping warriors and their families return to the routine of rebuilding their lives feeling refreshed and inspired. Tune in at facebook.com/cityofmanassasleisure
Self-Guided Field Trip
Take your family on a screen-free field trip and explore three different important historic sites in Manassas that showcase the important contributions of African American residents of the city. The Manassas Museum and the new Manassas City Public Library have partnered to create a guide that includes family friendly activities and conversation starters as well as a hands-on art activity to complete together. The guide is FREE and available for curbside pickup at the MCPL, at the Manassas Museum, or you can download it here.
Visit Facebook or YouTube for a variety of Spotlight Talks, Book Talks, Tours, and Hands-On History sessions.
Check the new Community Event Calendar