The Great Falls Historical Society Enjoys the Spirit of 'Summer'

Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:16 PM | Anonymous

By Kathleen Murphy, 
Great Falls Historical Society 
President

It was such a delight for GFHS to participate in Celebrate Great Falls’ Fourth of July Parade. We were hoping that our entry into the parade would include a historic car or buggy, but things do not always turn out as planned.

We are so pleased that Caroline Ralston and Alex Brudno showed up, (two University of Mary Washington history majors from Great Falls) ready to march with our historic sign (that we used to use when the Grange was available for community use a number of years ago) – and were willing to march in the parade on foot!

The Great Falls Historical Society participated in Celebrate Great Falls’ Fourth of July Parade: Caroline Ralston and Alex Brudno, University of Mary Washington history majors from Great Falls, GFHS historic sign they used when the Grange was available for community use a number of years ago.

The Local History Trivia Competition

Back on the Village Green, Greg Haymans and Nancy Christy were all set to lead people through the Great Falls Trivia Competition. 

The prizes were really great this year: Adults could win a $50 gift certificate to The Old Brogue or Katie’s Coffee, thanks to their generosity. Participants under 18 years could win a $50 gift certificate to EB Games. 

Many people played the game and all semi-finalists turned up to participate in the finals. Roya Lahmiri, sister of Parsa Lahmiri who won the competition last year, won the final competition and received her prize from Greg Haymans. 


Roya Lahmiri, sister of Parsa Lahmiri who won the competition last year, won the Local History Trivia competition and received her prize from Greg Haymans.

The GFHS Election 

GFHS members assembled on June 15 to elect the new Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 Program Year. The results are as follows: 

Kathleen Murphy, President; Greg Haymans, Vice President; Nancy Christy, Recording Secretary; Betty Swartz, Corresponding Secretary; Doug Cobb, Treasurer; and Karen Washburn, Historian. The Board of Directors includes: Caroline Ralston (2014-2017), Sondra Taylor (2014-2017); (John Marciano, 2015-2018, previously elected); (Carlos Berrios, 2015- 2018); Jan Schar (2016-2019); Jerry Santos (2016-2019). 

Program-year Planning Underway 

The new board is working together to prepare the plan for the year. We have two notable anniversaries to recognize this year: * Oct. 15 is the 50-year celebration of the National Historic Preservation Act and the partnership programs it created, and Oct. 17 is Virginia’s day of celebration of the National Park Service; and The year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Great Falls Historical Society, which will be celebrated in April, 2017. Our plans will be posted on our website at www.gfhs.org

Great Falls Connection, July 20-26, 2016, page 4

The Great Falls Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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