Events and Programs

Calendar of Events


Lunch and Learn 

2020

Through May 31
New Exhibit: Native Legacy: The Patawomeck Indians of Virginia
Learn how the first people to settle this area lived. Reproduction tools, sketches by 17th century artist John White, and other objects will illustrate the life of the Native peoples who lived here for thousands of years before Europeans arrived.
 Join us for the Exhibit Opening Reception on October 4 at 6 p.m.
January 19 (inclement weather date January 26)
1:30 p.m.; free
Book Talk: Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C. - Author Jenny Masur
Join Anthropologist and Author Jenny Masur to learn about the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad who lived and worked in Washington, D.C. Men and women, black and white, operatives and freedom seekers—all demonstrated courage, resourcefulness and initiative.  
February 1
1-2 p.m.; free   
Front Porch Conversation at Liberia House
8601 Portner Ave.

Kick off Black History Month with this series of casual conversations with experts and scholars that honors the 80 enslaved people who lived and worked at Liberia House. Register at: https://manassasechoes.com/Events.aspx
February 5
12 Noon; free
Spotlight Talks
This short conversation by Curator Mary Helen Dellinger will feature historic items on display in the gallery including the historic piano.
February 8
10 - 11:30 a.m.; $15 for one adult and one child; $5 for each additional person
Family Workshop: Native Legacy, Tools
Families will explore the temporary exhibit Native Legacy: The Patawomeck Indians of Virginia and create a craft to take home. Register at: https://manassasechoes.com/Events.aspx
February 12 
3 p.m.; free
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
Native Legacy: Chief Emeritus John Lightner, Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia
February 15
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free
Genealogy Workshop: African American Ancestry
February 19
12 Noon; free
Spotlight Talks
This short conversation by historian Ellie Hill, will focus on gallery artifacts that tell the story of African American history. 
February 20
4:30-6:30 p.m.; free for MCPS educators, $12 for all others
Evening for Educators: African American History in Manassas
February 23
1:30 p.m.; free
Book Talk: Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge - Author Scott C. Patchan
Learn about Longstreet’s attack and the Union soldiers who battled Longstreet and saved their army from destruction along the banks of Bull Run. 

February 28
10 - 11 a.m.; Free 
Museum Stories
A family program led by a museum educator, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. 
March 4
12 Noon.; Free 
Spotlight talks
This short conversation, facilitated by a Curator or Educator, is focused on one object in the Main Gallery or Temporary Exhibit
March 6-31 / Opening Reception March 5
New Exhibit: Artistic Expression (in partnership with Osbourn High School)
Now in its seventh year, this annual show will feature the art of students from Osbourn High School. Various mediums and types of art will be shown.  For the first time, this exhibit will be displayed in the middle of our main gallery. 
March 6
5 - 7 p.m.; Free 
History Happy Hour
Explore the collection after hours and enjoy games, snacks, and conversation
March 7
2 - 3 p.m.; free 
Front Porch Conversation at Liberia House
This series of casual conversations with experts and scholars honors the 80 enslaved people who lived and worked at Liberia House.
March 8
1:30 p.m.; free
Book Talk: 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story - Author John T. Toler
Learn about three and a half centuries of change in Fauquier County, Virginia and the story of the men and women, black and white, who built the region’s farms, plantations, schools, and churches. Learn too about Fauquier’s depressed economy after the Civil War; the wealthy outsiders who purchased estates in the early part of the twentieth century; and the enormous expansion of the Washington suburbs that ignited a heated and ongoing debate over the county’s position on growth and development.

March 11
3 p.m.; free 
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
Native Legacy: James G. Harrison III, National Museum of the American Indian
March 14
10 - 11 a.m.; $15 for one adult and one child, $5 for each additional person
Family Workshop: Native Legacy, Symbols

Families will explore the temporary exhibit Native Legacy: The Patawomeck Indians of Virginia and create a craft to take home.

March 15
1:30 p.m.; free 
Book Talk
March 18
12 Noon.; Free 
Spotlight talks
This short conversation, facilitated by a Curator or Educator, is focused on one object in the Main Gallery or Temporary Exhibit
March 21
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM.; $10 
Prince William County/Manassas History Symposium
At the 6th Annual Symposium, County to be Named Hartford, learn about the Freedman’s Bureau in Prince William County; Lady Spies of the OSS; Prince William County’s Frontiersman: Simon Kenton; The Life of Robert Carter III, Virginia’s First Emancipator; and the Legend of “Stonewall” Jackson. The Saturday Symposium is held at the Old Manassas Courthouse, with a Curator's Reception at the Manassas Museum to follow. An optional March 22 historic homes tour with lunch is available for $50. Reservations required, call 703-792-4754.
March 27
10 - 11 a.m.; Free 
Museum Stories
A family program led by a museum educator, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. 
April 1
12 Noon.; Free 
Spotlight talks
This short conversation, facilitated by a Curator or Educator, is focused on one object in the Main Gallery or Temporary Exhibit 
April 3
5 - 7 p.m.; Free 
History Happy Hour
Explore the collection after hours and enjoy games, snacks, and conversation
April 4
2 - 3 p.m.; free 
Front Porch Conversation at Liberia House
This series of casual conversations with experts and scholars honors the 80 enslaved people who lived and worked at Liberia House.
April 8
3 p.m.; free 
Stories of Preservation and Progress Speaker Series
Screening of Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth with Q&A with Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
April 11
10 - 11 a.m.; $15 for one adult and one child, $5 for each additional person
Family Workshop: Native Legacy, Games

Families will explore the temporary exhibit Native Legacy: The Patawomeck Indians of Virginia and create a craft to take home.

April 11
1 p.m.; free
Liberia House Tour

8601 Portner Ave.
April 16
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free
Museum at the Market
Join us at the Farmer’s Market to explore the Museum’s collection and create a craft
April 19
1:30 p.m.; free 
Book Talk
April 22
12 Noon.; Free 
Spotlight talks
This short conversation, facilitated by a Curator or Educator, is focused on one object in the Main Gallery or Temporary Exhibit
April 24
10 - 11 a.m.; Free 
Museum Stories
A family program led by a museum educator, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. 

June 12-November 15
New Exhibit: The Write Stuff: Three Centuries of Manassas on Paper 
Drawing from the museum’s extensive collection, this display will feature over 3 dozen documents collected over of the past 40 years.  By posing questions such as “What do these documents tell us about changing social norms?” visitors will be challenged to consider these pieces in new and provocative ways.