Midge Wang is the 2018 Memorial Day Grand Marshal
Congratulations to Midge Wang on being named the Grand Marshal for the 2018 City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade. Ms. Wang will preside over the City's annual festivities on Monday, May 28. The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board selected Ms. Wang based on her life-long dedication to the City, and most notably her efforts towards the preservation, restoration, and education of historical properties throughout Falls Church.
"I think that all the historic houses in the City belong to the community," said Ms. Wang, who has lived in Falls Church since 1963. "They should be part of the fabric of the City. Not that I don't enjoy everything else I've worked on, but I think so much of my time and effort has been to raise awareness of the historic homes in the City."
Ms. Wang herself owns and lives in Mount Hope, a historic Victorian house on S. Oak Street described in one nominating letter as having "...a wonderful garden and interior as rich in history as any museum." If you visit Mount Hope, you'll see a Historical Marker in her front yard - one of several interpretative markers at key sites throughout the City that Ms. Wang established, designed, and researched for historical accuracy, with the help of the Historical Commission. Most of the Historical Markers are listed on the Victorian Map of Falls Church, a walking tour of all the historic properties in the City that Ms. Wang herself conceived, researched, and helped produce.
Ms. Wang was the visionary and co-founder of the Victorian Society at Falls Church, which has provided living history at so many places and events in the City, spreading the visibility of the City’s history wide through many national publications. With the Victorian Society, Ms. Wang has worked for decades to bring visibility to Cherry Hill Farmhouse, including establishing a living history program in the mid-1990s. "Twenty years later," reads one nomination letter, "having historic reenactors may seem normal, but it was Midge that introduced it in a way that allows residents and visitors to learn in a fun way the very important local history that happened here."
"These are but a few of the 100s of examples where Midge Wang has exemplified her generous spirit," as one of her nominating letters put it. Ms. Wang served on the Board of the Village Preservation and Improvement Society for nearly 20 years, was a long-time member of the City's Historical Commission, was a representative to the Arts and Humanities Council, and was the driving force behind the Victorian-style restoration and public use of Frady Park. As one nomination letter describes, Ms. Wang worked along with City staff to "gain consensus for the Victorian vision for the park, raised private funds to buy the fountain and other stylistic elements to set the Victorian tone of the park."