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OLLI Photo Club – Fairfax County’s 275th Commemoration

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A Photographic Look at Fairfax County: Then and Now

Ms. Gretchen Bulova, the Fairfax County 275th Commemoration Committee Chairwoman, asked the OLLI Photo Club to participate in the celebration of Fairfax County’s 275th anniversary.  We enthusiastically agreed and established a project to photograph the current appearance of historical structures.  The photos were exhibited at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton as “A Photographic Look at Fairfax County: Then and Now.”

20170407 – OPC’s 275th Gallery (“Then” Photos next to “Now” Photos).

20170530 – OPC’s Slideshow of the 30 Historic Sites (YouTube).

20170603 – Muse Gallery Photos

20170607 – Muse Gallery Reception (Photos taken from Fairfax County’s 275th Facebook feed)

20170617 – Celebration

20180110 – Closing Ceremony

L to r: Chris Barbuschak (Librarian who provided “Then” photos), Dan Feighery, George Bradshaw, Angie Talaber, Dave Talaber, Bob Baker, Ed Marion, Gretchen Bulova (275th Committee Chairwoman). Photo Credit: Ed Marion.



Timeline with key OLLI activities.

20170203 275th Birthday The official celebration of Fairfax County’s historic 275th anniversary was held on June 17, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm on the grounds of the Historic Fairfax Courthouse!

20170412 OLLI Lecture Join lecturer Jenee Lindner as she details the background of the Fairfax family, from California to Maryland, and back to England. Also learn about researching records in Fairfax County through the Fairfax County Circuit Court historic records.Program is in conjunction with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University.
20170606 Then & Now Join the Fairfax County 275th Steering Committee and the volunteer photographers from the Olli Mason program (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University) TONIGHT as we open the “Fairfax, Then and Now” Photography Exhibit at Workhouse Arts Center, Building 16!

This exhibit will showcase historic photographs of sites around Fairfax County, with their modern equivalent! The exhibit will be open through Labor Day.

Exhibit opening and reception from 6 pm – 8 pm!

Reservation for this FREE event is encouraged.

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20170607 T&N Reception Last night, the “Fairfax: Then and Now” photography exhibit opened at Workhouse Arts Center, Building 16! We had a fantastic turnout. Special thanks to the volunteer photographers from Olli Mason who put in the hard work to make this exhibit a success, as well as Workhouse Arts for hosting!

20170628 T&N Publicity The “Fairfax: Then and Now” exhibit is still going strong at Workhouse Arts Center!

You can view the exhibit in building W-16 through Labor Day! Check out the photos to see how Fairfax County has changed in so many ways — but how in others, it has stayed the same!

Volunteer photographers from Olli Mason traveled throughout the county, capturing fantastic “Then and Now” photos!

Can’t make it to Workhouse Arts Center but want to see the slideshow? Check it out on YouTube!

20171231 275th Thanks On this last day of 2017, we’d like to thank everyone who participated in this milestone 275th celebratory year for Fairfax County. Although our 275th year has come to an end, we encourage everyone to go out and continue to embrace the county’s magnificent history – either by visiting an historic site, attending a local history lecture, or even reading one of the county’s many history books. Here’s to a very prosperous 276th year – Happy New Year!



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