Events and Programs

Calendar of Events


Lunch and Learn 

2020

The Museum is currently closed and events are cancelled.
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.
 
February 28
10 - 11 a.m.; Free 
Museum Stories
The theme is “Music”! We’ll read a book, learn about musical instruments in the museum’s collection, and create our own musical instrument to take home!

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. Curator Mary Helen Dellinger will focus on Guns and Ammunition on display in the main gallery.
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. This month hear Kelley Fanto Deetz, author of the critically acclaimed book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooked Helped Invent American Cuisine. The program is free but reservations are required and may be made at: https://manassasechoes.com/Events.aspx
The program will be indoors unless weather permits an outdoor talk.

March 8
1:30 p.m.; free
Book Talk: 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story  with 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
Celebrate Women's History Month with E.J. Scott, Vice President if the Prince William County chapter of the NAACP. Ms. Scott will speak on Saving Liberty: The Historic Preservation of Houses built by a formerly enslaved person in 1870.
March 14
10 - 11:30 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 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
Learn more about the Patawomeck Indians of Virginia with speaker James G. Harrison, III.
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: Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia with Author Carson O. Hudson, Jr.
Colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural with their northern neighbors. Learn about the 1626 case of Joan Wright, the first woman to be accused of witchcraft in British North America, which began Virginia’s own witch craze. 
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. 
May 31
1:30 p.m.; free
Kids' Book Talk: Deer, Oh! Deer: A Max and Tucker Adventure
Join author Ed Ehlers to learn the true story about the time he and his two therapy dogs, Max and Tucker, rescued a deer in the local woods. The author will bring along his two therapy dogs for a supervised petting.

June 12-November 15
New Exhibit: Consider the Source: Interpreting Manassas History 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. 

June 14
1:30 p.m.; free
Book Talk: 
Letters from a Soviet Prison 
Join Author Gary Powers, Jr. to hear the story of his father, Francis Gary Powers, a CIA U-2 pilot who was shot down in the midst of the Cold War, on May 1, 1960, while flying in Soviet airspace. After his capture, he was tried for espionage and then served nearly two years in a Soviet prison. The book contains excerpts from the never-before published journal of the author's father, along with more than 150 personal letters he wrote and received during captivity.