Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    • 7:00 PM

    Join us for History of the C&O Canal presented by Carole Herrick

    Carole L. Herrick received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the Los Angeles State College. Carole is president of the McLean Historical Society as well as a member of the Fairfax County History Commission, which she chaired between 2015 and 2017. Carole is a highly regarded speaker and has written numerous articles on this region as well as eight books. 


    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Great Falls Library


    • Wednesday, March 04, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Great Falls Library

    Join us for Virginia's Presidential Homes presented by Patrick O'Neil. 

    Patrick O'Neill is a 35-year veteran archaeologist and historian, with a BA in Anthropology and a MA in History.  His many projects have included the
    enslaved quarters at Arlington House, the original foundation of the
    Virginia State Capitol, the overseer's house at George Washington's Union
    Farm, and Fort Union Fur Trading Post in North Dakota.  He is past President
    of the Archaeological Society of Virginia, excavated at the Ball Sellers
    House in Arlington County, and recently helped led the successful campaign
    to save the Robert Ball Sr. Cemetery in Ballston. He is also the author of
    several family history books, as well as Mount Vernon, Virginia's
    Presidential Homes, and the War of 1812 on the Potomac.


    • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Great Falls Library

    Join us for Modern Globalization Since 1945 and the Backlash of Rising Populism presented by Dr. Glenn Fatzinger.

    Glenn Fatzinger graduated from Lafayette College with a BA degree in History, and after serving as a US Army Officer, completed an MA degree in History from Penn State University where he held a graduate teaching assistantship in the Department of History. He later completed an Ed.D. degree from George Washington University and MAS degrees in Business Management and Legal Assisting from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Dr. Fatzinger's federal government employment career included serving as a civilian historian for the US Air Force; a technical assistance specialist for the Economic Development Administration in the Department of Commerce; an education specialist with the Army Engineer School at Ft. Belvoir; and a writer-editor for the US Army Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center where he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. After retiring from the federal government, Dr. Fatzinger has taught business courses for more than 20 years at Marymount and Strayer Universities and is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at the NOVA Alexandria Campus where he teaches Western Civilization and early American History. Dr. Fatzinger has had a wide range of civic experience. He represented the Mount Vernon District on the Fairfax County Park Authority for four years that included acquiring Civil War Fort Willard and the Grist Mill Park and building the indoor ice rink-swimming pool at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Dr. Faizinger also served eight years on the NOVA College Board, including five as Board Chairman, and while on the Board, he co-founded the NOVA Educational Foundation that built the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus and the Schlesinger Performing Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus. He was recently inducted into the NOVA Alumni Federation's Hall of Fame for Outstanding Service to the College. In addition, Dr. Fatzinger is an accomplished musician who played 12 years in the Washington Redskins Marching Band and currently plays in the 80-piece NOVA Alexandria Campus Band and the Mount Vernon Community Band.

    • Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    • 7:00 PM

    Join us for “Timothy Matlack - American Patriot and Scrivener of the Declaration of Independence” presented by Greg Wilson. 

    Greg Wilson is a consultant, author, and 20 -year resident of Great Falls. In addition, Greg was a past board member and treasurer for the Great Falls Historical Society. He has authored two award -winning books on the Civil War: The Adventures of Jonathan Roberts and Private John S. Mosby, First Virginia Cavalry: Picketing Fairfax County before Becoming the Confederacy’s “Gray Ghost.” Mr. Wilson was recently appointed History Commissioner for the Dranesville District. 

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

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