The Dawson House is the only surviving stone structure in the county dating to the 18th or 19th century
One of Arlington’s lesser known Black communities founded by the Pelham Family
A newly digitized resource for historians and researchers.
Some of the country’s oldest federal monuments.
With Local Author and Historian Charlie Clark.
At the young age of 12, Ron Deskins played a crucial role in integrating Virginia public schools.
Green Valley, Dunbar Housing Community and Work at the White House
Intelligence analyst for the United States Army during World War II.
Created by Arlington’s Black residents, to serve their community during segregation.
A lifetime at the center of Arlington’s airport history.
“The Price of a Ticket at the Cost of Your Conscience”
In the days leading up to the March on Washington, civil rights activists from across the country, including Dr. King,...Read more
An iconic institution, capturing and broadcasting the news for more than a half-century.
A Central Landmark of Local Government.
Arlington-based Native American artist and educator.
In 2003 Tejada became the first person of Latin American heritage to be elected to the County Board, or to...Read more
Images from the Records Related to the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on the Pentagon collection.
The Washington Golf and Country Club is considered the oldest golf club in Virginia, and its course now comprises 88...Read more
Interview with Dr. Sholom “Doc” Friedman and Karen Widmayer
Though many may not know the words to this reverential tune, Arlington has had an official song for more than...Read more
News Release: Discover Arlington’s history and browse newspaper content online from 1935 to 1978.
Joan Cooper (1940-2014) was an African-American Arlington social and civic activist, community leader, and passionate anti-drug campaigner.
In 1997, Jay Fisette became the first openly LGBTQ+ person elected to office in the state of Virginia when he...Read more
Dorothy Hamm was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in Arlington, and lead efforts to successfully desegregate Arlington’s...Read more
Learn more about our County iconography.
The Arlington Council on Human Relations was to improve the economic, civic, and racial conditions in Arlington County.
May is National Biking Month, and to celebrate, let’s take a look at Arlington’s decades-long history of bicycle enthusiasm!
Civil rights activist, educator, and founder of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation.
Marx was involved with civil rights activities and the NAACP, Arlingtonians for a Better County, the Arlington Community Action Committee,...Read more
Did you know that Arlington was once home to one of the country’s most popular sodas?
Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950) was a surgeon and a pioneer in the field of blood plasma preservation, storage, and...Read more
William Augustus Rowe (1834-1907) was a pivotal figure in the early development of the Green Valley/Nauck community.
Arlington native Roberta Flack is known worldwide for her voice, songwriting, and musical ability.
Nguyen Ngoc Bich (1937-2016) was a pivotal Arlingtonian in commercial and community affairs alike.
Margaret Troxell (1909-2002) was a pioneering local journalist who helped found the Northern Virginia Sun.
Native Arlingtonian William Thomas Syphax (1920-1989) was a prominent Black business entrepreneur, philanthropist, and advocate for the Black community in...Read more
A snapshot of today, as well as a gift for the future.
Some of Arlington’s first black legislators include George Lewis Seaton, John B. Syphax, and Alfred William Harris.
Edmund Douglas Campbell (1899–1995) was a lawyer, social activist, and Arlington County Board member who advocated for civil rights, school...Read more
Earlene Green Evans grew up and attended public schools in Arlington, Virginia, graduating from Hoffman-Boston High School. She received a...Read more
Interviews with Lance Newman and Michael Jones
George Melvin Richardson (1913-2015) was an African-American educator, school principal, WW II U.S. Army officer, and civic leader.
A dedicated community activist who chose to stay and work in the Green Valley neighborhood where he was born and...Read more
Over its 60-year run, the Arlington Symphony performed a wide variety of music across the County and was one of...Read more
Kathryn Stone was one of a small minority of voices in Virginia that courageously fought against the state’s policy of...Read more
Leonard “Doc” Muse (1923-2017), was an African-American pharmacist and social activist, and the owner of Green Valley Pharmacy.
Arlington was home to a racetrack that drew thrill-seekers and daredevils.
Interviews with Ann Rudd and Andy Lee
“Tireless proponent for fair and affordable housing in Arlington County.”
Take a look at how voting in Arlington has changed over the years.
In 1965, Portia Haskins filed suit against the Virginia Board of Elections and the Arlington County general registrar to fight...Read more
“He provided free medical services to the most disadvantaged in Arlington…”
A tireless advocate for progress in Arlington County.
How has Arlington changed over the past 100 years?
Interview with Ruth Levin
In the first half of the 20th century, only a handful of women were able to make it as successful...Read more
Before it was renamed the Arlington County Trades Center in 1979, the Property Yard was where Arlington County stored many...Read more
Interview with Delores C. Downing
August 26th, 1920 marks another significant date on the journey to achieve universal suffrage. On this day, the 19th Amendment...Read more
Tennessee became the 36th state to secure ratify the amendment.
Celebrate the people and events that led up to this historic moment.
Arlington’s libraries have been a mainstay of the county landscape for generations – but how did the library system as...Read more
Arlington may not come to mind when you think of a beachy oasis, but in the 1920s, one of the...Read more
Journalist, activist, and suffragist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s.
Arlington’s history of dedicated community members have been combatting racism and prejudice in Arlington and beyond for decades.
The 2020 census is currently underway – but what did the census look like in the past?
On January 21, 1705, William Struttfield, one of 48 original settlers who owned land in present-day Arlington, patented a 543-acre...Read more
Interview with Arlington activist Dr. Lilli Vincenz.
If you live in Arlington County, you have the Post Office to thank for the name of your street.
Nannie Helen Burroughs was a leading educator, feminist and suffragist in the Washington, D.C., area throughout the early 20th century.
This week, around 150 years ago, the women’s suffrage movement experienced a significant change in its organization, as the various...Read more
Over 100 years ago this week, a young suffragist named Mabel Ping-Hua Lee made history, leading one of the major...Read more
To celebrate Preservation Week this year, the Center for Local History is offering some tips and resources that will help...Read more
Send Your Materials, Help Tell Arlington’s Story of the Pandemic.
The Center for Local History has a wide variety of digitized materials that are an excellent resource for local research.
Biochemist and pharmacologist Gertrude Elion was a trailblazer of modern medicine, and her work has shaped the way professionals today...Read more
A key figure in the development of modern public health.
One of the most dramatic buildings to grace the County’s landscape.
She blazed a path for female authors and thinkers to follow.
An enduring symbol of humanitarianism for her work during the American Civil War
Hallie Quinn Brown was a preeminent educator, writer, public speaker and activist in the causes of civil rights and suffrage...Read more
The Consumer Brewery building was located above the site of the old Aqueduct Bridge.
Dorothy Hamm (1919-2004) worked tirelessly to bring equality to Arlington County.
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm made history as the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress. She also broke barriers...Read more
Donation Received from one of Arlington’s Oldest Black Churches
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