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Discover Western Prince William August 2018
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Doug Horhota
M
anassas' First History Weekend
to Focus on the Region's Military Tradition
Living close to our nation's capital means
walking in the footsteps of so much of what has
come before us. Dating back to the earliest
English settlements, the decision to move the
nation's capital has meant our region is central
to American History. From the monuments
to the museums, from the cemeteries to the
government offi ces, the past is remembered all
around us. Part of that tradition is our military. In
August, the City of Manassas will host Manassas
History Weekend. This year's event will look at
military history during peace and war, from the
past and present.
Manassas History Weekend will include Civil
War history at Liberia House, which was witness
to all ranks from President to private during this
turbulent period in our nation's history. Living
historians will be set up on the lawn that was
once occupied by the North and at a different
time, the South. Lincoln, Lee, Grant and Jackson
are just some of the names who will be sharing
their stories as Liberia House will be open for
tours and activities throughout the day.
On the Manassas Museum Lawn and in the
Manassas Museum during the weekend, other
military eras will be featured. Multiple vehicles
from the Tank Farm will be brought in for
the weekend including a Sherman tank from
recent service. Other local partners will also be
showcasing their organizations including the
Freedom Museum, The Cold War Museum and
the Manassas National Battlefi eld. On Saturday,
Aug. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m., veterans from WWII
through the present will be on hand to talk to
folks about their experiences serving our country.
Make sure to cover your ears when the cannons
are fi red!
The weekend includes a Friday night dance
through the ages, and something for every age.
Children's activities include camo face painting,
games and codebreaker activities. A wide
selection of authors and historians will also be
on hand to add to the experience.
Sunday will have a very special talk. The story
of recently discovered Civil War soldiers at the
Manassas National Battlefi eld is on the agenda.
Please join a representative of the MNBP to
learn about what their discovery has meant for
historians to understand the lives of common
soldiers 150 years ago.
With the region's devotion to the military and
service in general, those interested in more
information or willing to add their
stories are invited to contact Doug
Horhota at dhorhota@manassasva.
gov
Mark your calendars now for
August 24-26 and the very fi rst
Manassas History Weekend.
For more information visit
www.
manassascity.org/historyweekend.
family day: awesome aviation at
the National museum of the marine
Corps, Saturday, august 11. Learn about
principles of flight, try a paper airplane,
and other family activities, 18900 Jefferson
Davis Hwy., Triangle VA 22172.
fox 5 dC zip trip: Virginia Gateway;
friday, august 17, 6-11am. Live music,
car giveaway, children's games, and
more with chance to be featured on live
television. Virginia Gateway, Gainesville.
43rd aNNual edGar rohr
memorial aNtique Car meet:
family friendly; Saturday, September
15, 10am-3pm. Bull Run Region, Antique
Automobile Club of America. At the
Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William
St., Manassas. Bill
703-368-2367, www.
bullrunaaca.org.
beNefit: Concert & Gospel hymn Sing;
Sunday, august 19, 6:30pm. Roberta
Whitley; Debbie, Jennifer & Christopher
Schlechte Gospel Quartet, the Manassas
Baptist Choir & friends from the Manassas
Chorale. 100% of proceeds to help fight
area hunger. Manassas Baptist Church
Sanctuary, 8800 Sudley Rd., Manassas.
friday NiGht family moVie: the Nut
Job 2; Nutty by Nature, friday, august
17, 8:30-10pm. Bring a blanket, wear
pajamas, & enjoy an outdoor movie. Harris
Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas.
www.
harrispavilion.com
weemS-bottS muSeum: military
personnel & their families free
admission; memorial day through
labor day (monday, September 3). We
are a Blue Star Museum. 3944 Cameron
St., Dumfries. Thursday - Monday, 11am-
4pm.
arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
la uNiCa: SummerSounds Concert;
Saturday, august 18, 6:30pm. Free
concert featuring La Unica, a uniquely
integrated band, combining contemporary
& traditional elements to form a distinctly
American sound. Irish folk, Latin, funk, rock
& soul conveys an experience that now is
defining the New American Roots. Harris
Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas.
https://center-for-the-arts.org.
two New exhibitS: "living the
american dream" & "expanding
boundaries". The story of Robert Portner
exhibit and exploring the impact the
Manassas Boys & Girls Club has on our
community and the children it serves.
historic downtown walking tour:
Saturdays through october 20, 3pm.
The Manassas Museum, 9101
Prince William St., Manassas.
www.
manassascity.org.
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