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Exploring the Early History of Reston

Program to present Initial Planning Ideas and Creation of the Master Plan.

The Reston Historic Trust (RHT) and the Reston Museum are exploring the early history Reston. Reston Museum is producing another free program in May, to be presented at the JoAnn Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center - Lake Anne, "The Early History of Reston – Creation of the Plan," Thursday, May 24, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700, email restonmuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.restonmuseum.org.

Reston Museum staff member Loren Bruce and other local residents will present a program on the origins of Reston, the nation’s first large-scale planned community that changed the face of the suburban landscape in America. The presentation will cover Robert E. Simon Jr.’s thinking about urban planning and a balanced community; what led to the purchase of the land and the creation of the initial Master Plan, the ideas behind Simon’s desire to create an "Open Community" with a diverse mix of people, along with his aspiration to protect nature and maximize open space within the context of mixed use and clustered development.

Presenter Loren Bruce has a Masters in Urban & Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, was an urban planner with Fairfax County, and is currently in charge of special projects at the Reston Museum.

Reston Museum programs are presented with support by the Reston Community Center.