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A New Way to Explore a Rich Legacy
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A New Way to Explore a Rich Legacy

The New Nauck/Green Valley Heritage Project The Center for Local History is proud to launch The Nauck/Green Valley Heritage Project, a pilot program to preserve and present the history of south Arlington’s Nauck neighborhood.   The historically black Nauck neighborhood, with many residents who are descended from the original residents of Freedmen’s Village, is one of the […]

Our Back Pages: Arlington's Own Declaration of Civil Rights
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Our Back Pages: Arlington’s Own Declaration of Civil Rights

In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we look back at a document from a few years earlier, for a glimpse of a still-segregated Arlington… Today marks the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the Civil Rights Act of 1964– one of the most important pieces of […]

Local History: A Pentagon-less Arlington?
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Local History: A Pentagon-less Arlington?

Calling All Local History Fans… While answering a reference question, we came across this interesting passage describing President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s original plans for a War Department building in Arlington:  …The new building in Arlington would not be the War Department’s permanent headquarters. Ultimately, the department would return to Foggy Bottom in Washington. “Now, my […]

New: Virginia In Postcards
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New: Virginia In Postcards

Newly-Digitized Postcards Share a Glimpse of Bygone Virginia… The Center for Local History has recently added two groups of early and mid-twentieth century postcards to our online collection. Virginia in Postcards contains 80 postcards from the Eastman-Fenwick Family Papers and the personal postcard collection of Diane Salman. These have been digitized, both front and back […]

Now Open: American Girl Doll Exhibit at the Center for Local History
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Now Open: American Girl Doll Exhibit at the Center for Local History

Need a Fun Kids’ Activity During the Holiday Break? Check out our new American Girl Doll exhibit, and you could win a prize! “American Girl: American Lives” highlights how the American Girl books and toys can teach children about the everyday lives of girls through American history. Learn more about how Kit would have washed clothes […]

Our Back Pages: A Taste of Home
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Our Back Pages: A Taste of Home

Vietnam in Clarendon For a brief period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a small area of Clarendon became a hub of activity for America’s newest immigrant group, the Vietnamese – and even gained international fame. For the first half of the twentieth century, Clarendon had been Arlington’s shopping and social center, with stores, […]

Mystery Photo: Football Edition
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Mystery Photo: Football Edition

Help Identify this Photograph! As we come into the third week of the NFL season, the Center for Local History is looking for your help in learning more about a recently-donated photograph. This photo was found in the attic of a house on 21st Street South, in the Arlington Ridge/Aurora Highlands area:   Finds like […]

Local History: Growing Up with the Pike
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Local History: Growing Up with the Pike

Digitized Family Photos and Oral Histories Provide a Fascinating Look at Fifty Years of Development Along Columbia Pike The really amazing thing about archives isn’t just the collecting, preserving, and sharing of collections– it’s the magic that happens when collections come together to give a richer, deeper picture of the past. The Center for Local […]

War Bonds rally at Clarendon Circle, circa 1943.
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Our Back Pages: The “Cracker Jack Box”

A Memory of German Prisoners of War in Arlington, Virginia The following is an excerpt from an oral history with Walter R. De Groot, from the Center for Local History’s oral history collection.   In reply to a question regarding POWs in Arlington during WWII: INTERVIEWER: Where did they stay? NARRATOR: They came from Arlington Hall. […]

Nauck Community Scan-In
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Nauck Community Scan-In

Do you have a piece of Nauck/Green Valley History to share? On Monday, June 3,  the Center for Local History will hold a community scan-in for the Nauck neighborhood, at the Drew Model Elementary School, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Community Scan-ins are events where the Center for Local History makes available its scanning equipment for the purpose […]