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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.  YouTube Preview Image

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 will receive the 2014 lifetime achievement award from the Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region organization.

Judy and the Center’s work speaks for itself. 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

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