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, April 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.
"The best part about living in Falls Church is getting to know and work with so many diverse people," said Ms. Cram, who has lived in Falls Church since 1978. "I'm just really fortunate I live here."
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 fundraised for. 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.
As a member of the Friends of Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Ms. Wang is a fixture at the historical City-owned 19th century house and property. Along with her role as founder of the Victorian Society of Falls Church, 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 and 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, raise private funds to buy the fountain and other stylistic elements to set the Victorian tone of the park."