Women Pioneers of Reston - Reston Historic Trust Event

Women Pioneers of Reston - Reston Historic Trust Event
March 15, 2018 7:30 PM

RCC Lake Anne's Jo Ann Rose Gallery
Thursday, March 15
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m • Free

 

DISCUSSION OF WOMEN PIONEERS OF RESTON

In honor of Women’s History Month, join the Reston Historic Trust and Museum and RCC for a discussion of the pioneering women who shaped and influenced Reston’s early development. Presentations on four founding women – Chloethiel Woodard Smith, Priscilla Ames, Carol Lubin, and Jane Wilhelm – will be followed by a panel discussion led by prominent Restonians Kohann Williams, Pat Mcintyre, Laura Thomas, and others.

Reston’s founder, Robert “Bob” E. Simon, Jr, put his trust and hopes for the nascent community in the abilities of each of these extraordinary women. Chloethiel Woodard Smith was an architect and urban planner in the DC area whose work was known nationally and internationally. At one point she lead the largest female-run architectural firm in the United States. As one of the original Lake Anne architects, she designed both Waterview and Coleson Clusters. Priscilla Ames’ mission in life and as director of the Community Center was to welcome newcomers, share all the opportunities Reston had to offer, and refer those in need to the agency best equipped to help. She was indispensable to Reston families and to Bob. He recalled, “She stood at my side at all public functions, cueing me in on the names and proclivities of each person we were there to meet.” Carol Lubin created the "Master Plan" for churches, schools, and community programs and social amenities in Reston before the first people moved in. Referring to Carol, Bob noted, “Reston drew enthusiastic, willing, excited people. When you get people like that, you’re going to be successful.” Jane Wilhelm joined Carol Lubin in late 1964 and served as the first Director of Community Services and The Reston Foundation. Jane noted, “These first years of Reston were Camelot. Everyone who worked here was totally dedicated to the whole thing. It was a fascinating, new idea.”

In conjunction with this event, the Reston Historic Trust is acknowledging past and present influential women in all aspects of life in Reston including arts, government, education, sports, and business. For details and to add women to the list, please visit https://www.restonmuseum.org

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

 


The Reston Historic Trust is an established community treasure that preserves the past, informs the present and influences the future of Reston through its education programs. It was founded in 1996 as a community-based, non-profit organization to sustain the unique history of the award-winning, innovative, planned community of Reston. The Trust operates the Reston Museum & Shop in Lake Anne Plaza, offering community exhibits and archives, educational programs, the annual Reston Home Tour and public events such as Founder’s Day. The museum also offers original art, crafts and Reston signature items for sale.