SOLD OUT Bus Trip to National African American Museum of History & Culture SUN, FEB. 12

SOLD OUT Bus Trip to National African American Museum of History & Culture SUN, FEB. 12

Yes, we have got the hottest tickets in town! Join Tinner Hill on Sunday, Feb. 12th when we travel to the new museum in the comfort of a comfortable charter bus. Seats on the bus are $25.00 each, departing & returning to the Tinner Hill Historic Site (106 Tinner Hill Road, Falls Church, VA) to the museum in Washington, DC, includes a FREE 2 pm timed entry ticket with each seat!  Bus departs at 1:00 pm

You'll enjoy help navigating through the museum from a seasoned museum professional plus map and museum guide booklet.

You can purchase tickets for the bus trip here.

Giving Voice: Black Heritage Bus Tour FEB 11 depart NOON $15.00

Giving Voice: Black Heritage Bus Tour FEB 11 depart NOON $15.00

Join us for the award winning Giving Voice' Heritage Walking Tour on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.  We'll meet at the Tinner Hill Historic Site at 12:00 pm 106 Tinner Hill Road, Falls Church, VA. 22046  The cost is $15.00 per person (seats are limited) BUY TICKETS: Since 2005 Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation has been working on a walking tour, which shares the little known history of Falls Church.  The tour has been evolving over the last few years, what began as a simple walking tour will soon include audio and other smart phone and device content that can be accessed by anyone with a cell phone . 

Lots of friends and supporters have helped the tour go from a simple walking tour to a tour with many unique additions.  Donors, volunteers, Virginia Tech students and staff (Dr. Elizabeth Morton and architectural design students Christopher Winnike, Catherine Spoehr, Martha Coello, Kate Webb, Paola Reyes) THHF board members and many community persons have helped. 

For the last couple of years we have been diligently working on the audio component of the Giving Voice Heritage Tour.  The project is being made possible through funds raised by Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and grants from C.A.T.C.H., (City of Art, Theatre, Culture and History) the City of Falls Church Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as well as private donors.

THHF has contracted with a leading cell phone tour company, OnCell and begun building the new tour!  A first class crew of writers, voice over artists, script writers and producers have been assembled to work on the project.  

The audio tour project has embarked on an exciting new collaboration with the Victorian Society of Falls Church.   The Victorian Society members will include four Victorian Homes as stops on the Heritage Walking Tour.  The four homes, while unique as Victorian era homes, also hold fascinating connections to African American history in Falls Church.

The tour will focus on the S. Washington Street/Annandale area – once the heart of the African American community in the Town of Falls Church. 

We anticipate the tour will debut in late fall, 2016.  For more information about the tour or to contribute to the tour please call (703) 534-4627 and speak to History Project Director, Nikki Graves Henderson.  Bus and escorted tours are available for a nominal fee.

Tour Awards:

Tinner Hill’s Giving Voice;  African American Heritage Cell Phone Walking Tour Receives 2 Awards

Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation received word that their Giving Voice; African American Heritage Walking Tour had received two awards! Dr. Elizabeth Morton, Tinner Hill Heritage Board Member and professor at Virginia Tech and her graduate students worked with Tinner Hill during a Design Studio to create the African American Heritage WalkingTour.The tour was the

History Project Director, Nikki Graves Henderson, learned that Giving Voice; African American Heritage in Falls Church and Northern Virginia received a $5,000 matching grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to expand the tour to include a cell phone/audio component.The grant process was very competitive and David Bearinger, Director stated that the grants, including Tinner Hill’s, were the best he had ever seen in his tenure as Director.

Harlem Renaissance Fair

Harlem Renaissance Fair

The Harlem Renaissance Fair has expanded from a one-night affair, to being part of the Northern Virginia Community College’s first annual “Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on The Harlem Renaissance,” from April 28-30, 2017.  The Harlem Renaissance Fair will take place on April 29, 2017 at the Richard J. Ernst Center on the Campus of Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, from 7PM until 10:30PM.  

The theme for this year’s conference will be “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”: The Potomac Region and African American Culture. The conference will take place on the Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia. 

The Harlem Renaissance Fair will include performances from the stage including: Jazz, poetry, dance and comedic performances.  There will also be performances by historical re-enactors and “Harlem Renaissance Market Place”, with vendors selling African American memorabilia from the era of the Harlem Renaissance.”

E.B. Henderson Dear Editor Contest

E.B. Henderson Dear Editor Contest

Contest Information

What It Is:  

“Dear Editor” is an opportunity to engage students to think critically and write persuasively, responding to news media regarding the topic of social justice and civil rights.

Who Can Enter:

The “Dear Editor” contest is open to Northern Virginia middle and high school students, including age-appropriate home schooled children.

How to Enter:

Write a “letter to the editor” of 250 words or less that responds to an article, a photograph, or another “letter to the editor” published in a local or national newspaper, magazine or internet news source.  Each student may submit only one letter per year.  Letters must be addressed to “Dear Editor” and signed by the student.

The news article selected by a student should relate either:

  • To a denial of civil rights 


  • To an acceptance of multicultural differences and how this has improved life in a community.

Your “Dear Editor” letter should:

  • Express your thoughts on civil rights or multicultural relations, 
  • Explain how the newspaper item relates to a denial of civil rights or acceptance of cultural differences,
  • Tell how your position affects the denial of civil rights or acceptance of cultural differences.

Letters will be judged on:

  • clarity,
  • relevance to civil rights or acceptances of cultural differences,
  • persuasiveness,
  • “Dear Editor” letter format
  • How well the letter responds to the news article

When to Submit:

Diener & Associates must receive the application package by 5 PM on April 30th.  Award Recipients are expected to attend the Tinner Hill Blues Festival on Saturday June 11th, to receive their monetary awards.

Cash Prizes

Sr. High 9-12    

  • 1st prize - $100       
  • 2nd prize - $50       
  • 3rd prize - $25  

Middle Sch 6-8  

  • 1st prize- $100        
  • 2nd prize - $50
  • 3rd prize - $25

To learn more about the contest and enter, download the Dear Editor Contest information and submission form. (PDF)

Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 9-11, 2017

Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 9-11, 2017

The festival features blues music, all over town, all weekend! Poised to become the premier blues festival of the region this is a weekend long event featuring outstanding national regional and local blues performers, historic displays, family activities, vendors, food, carnival games. is a day long concert in Cherry Hill Park.