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In the News: Preserving Arlington Stories

Years from now, new generations will be grateful for today’s Center for Local History at Arlington Public Library

Arlington Television captures the long-term value of an official County archive as it helps preserve the story of Joan Mulholland, the fearless civil rights activist who fought segregation from Lee Highway to the Deep South before raising a family and teaching for decades back home in Arlington. This video won the 2014 Best of Show Award from the Library Leadership & Management Association.

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An extensive oral history with Mulholland, available from the Center, represents just one “Arlington story” in a vast collection of memories and artifacts.

As a “footnote” to those stories and the piece above, Center manager Judith Knudsen received the 2014 lifetime achievement award from the Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region organization.

Judy and the Center’s work speak for themselves. And because of that, so do so many voices of Arlington’s past.


Learn more about the Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Library.


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  1. Pamela Henson says:

    Judy Knudsen’s work at the Local History Center of the Arlington Public Library is a great example of the treasures that can be collected by local history programs. She also conducted a project on school desegregation in Arlington, capturing the memories of participants, often shortly before they and their memories passed away. The oral history, letters and photographs she collects, preserves, and makes available digitally might have disappeared were it not for her dedication to Arlington, its residents and its history. Pam Henson

  2. clinton rivers says:

    workng at the health dept in 1949 and 50′s and 60′s i remember the days of hall’s hill and green valley…………of hoffman boston high…..of the diffrence in inspections of food suppliers in those areas norbert melnick wresting away the health dept away from dr.beachley…icould go on and on……but at my age i tire quickly….i am sorry if i took up your time….but seeing your website stirred old memories……….bye now…your servant clint rivers

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