Black Focus: The Promise of Change in Reston

Developer Robert E. Simon bought land in the western area of Fairfax County with his development company Palindrome, Inc. in March 1961. He began planning for a new community that brought together the best aspects of rural and urban life. The town he created was Reston, and it was one of the Continue Reading

Reston@50 A new digital exhibition on the history of Reston!

Reston, Virginia celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in April 2014, and SC&A has created a new digital exhibition on Reston’s history. Named Reston@50, the Omeka-based exhibition contains eight themed exhibits and more than one hundred exhibit items from the University Libraries’ collections pertaining to Reston.  The exhibition is part of a Continue Reading

Preservation Week!

Every year during Preservation Week, Lene Palmer our retiring preservation librarian has installed an exhibition in Fenwick Library highlighting preservation tips and techniques. This year is no different. Join us tomorrow for an exhibition reception complete with food and drink in Fenwick Library’s A and C wings. In addition to Continue Reading

Lights, Camera, Reston!

This past autumn the Reston Association filmed a short informational piece about our Planned Community Archives, in which there is a great deal of materials related to the town of Reston, Virginia. Around minute 3:30 is when it begins.  You can see our reading room and “the cage” where we Continue Reading

Mother Martha

March is Women’s History Month, so my blog posts for this month will highlight SC&A’s collections that feature outstanding achievements by women. The Martha Pennino Papers document Pennino’s community activism and political career in Northern Virginia. The collection, featuring photographs, working papers, newspaper clips, and memorabilia, shows why Martha was Continue Reading