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Arlington Bookshelf:
Hidden History of Arlington County

Arlington Bookshelf:
Hidden History of Arlington County

A new addition to our bookshelf is the just-published Hidden History of Arlington County. Charlie Clark, who writes the “Our Man in Arlington” column for the Falls Church News-Press, has published this new collection of his stories on Arlington. This is a collection of the “off-beat or scoop-worthy” columns from the past three years. The book covers many of those things that happen in Arlington but don’t make the news or have been relegated to storytelling by the locals. Charlie…

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Arlington Bookshelf: Police Department

Arlington Bookshelf: Police Department

Published in 2015, by a 30+ year member of the Arlington Police Department, this book contains fascinating information about our great police department. Author Janet Rowe was with the Arlington police from the early 1980’s until 2012. The book contains photographs from the Police Archives as well as from the personal collections of other officers. The Arlington Police Department, as we know it today, was formed in 1940. The book covers fallen officers, the various police stations and equipment, and…

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Arlington Bookshelf:
A Guide to the African American Heritage of Arlington County, Virginia

Arlington Bookshelf:
A Guide to the African American Heritage of Arlington County, Virginia

“A Guide to the African American Heritage of Arlington County, Virginia” is now in print and available online from the County’s Historic Preservation Program. The full-color, 64-page work is a much-expanded version of the original guide published in 2001 as part of the County’s bicentennial celebration. The original booklet was in such demand that print copies ran out several years ago. The updated publication, written and designed by County historic preservation planner John Liebertz, features captivating new information about African…

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Upcoming Event: Arlington’s Little Saigon, Sept. 18

Upcoming Event: Arlington’s Little Saigon, Sept. 18

The public is invited to the unveiling of a newly published, full-color booklet documenting the history and significance of the arrival of Vietnamese immigrants to Arlington County following the fall of Saigon in 1975. The Little Saigon commercial center in Clarendon became a thriving commercial hub for newly arrived refugees from South Vietnam, and Arlington’s response opened doors for future waves of immigration by other ethnic groups, establishing the city’s reputation as a welcoming and diverse community. During this year’s…

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Arlington Bookshelf: Washington & Old Dominion Revisited

Arlington Bookshelf: Washington & Old Dominion Revisited

The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad was an important part of the history of Arlington. Bringing goods to the industrial uses in Rosslyn, Cherrydale and East Falls Church which supported the growing Arlington community. The railroad operated from 1912 to 1968. Today, most of the railroad land is public park within Arlington County. A new book came out this summer providing a detailed look at the railroad. It is the second in a series. Washington & Old Dominion Railroad covered…

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You are Invited:
Exhibition Opening, Columbia Pike

You are Invited:
Exhibition Opening, Columbia Pike

In August, Presevation Arlington highlighted the publication of a fantastic new photo book documenting Columbia Pike (read our Arlington Bookshelf article). Now their exciting exhibition is slated to open next week (read more from ArlNow). You are invited to attend the exhibition opening and booksigning for: Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00 to 5:00 PM Arlington Mill Community Center 909 South Dinwiddie Street Arlington VIrginia 22204 The exhibition will open at 1:00 pm. The…

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Arlington Bookshelf: Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, a History

Arlington Bookshelf: Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, a History

Arlington’s oldest fire fighting company, the owns and occupies the oldest firehouseCherrydale Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD), in Arlington, and has been an important part of the community for over 117 years. This book on the history of the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department provides a decade by decade accounting of community events, equipment purchases and fires. Started in 1898 as a bucket brigade, the CVFD owns and operates several pieces of modern fire equipment and actively supports the Arlington County Fire…

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Arlington Bookshelf:
An Incredible Look at Columbia Pike

Arlington Bookshelf:
An Incredible Look at Columbia Pike

The newest addition to our Arlington Bookshelf is one of the most amazing photographic journeys one could take, much less here in Arlington, much less down our most diverse street – Columbia Pike. Published this month by the University of Virginia Press, Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project, is the extraordinary result of a team of five insightful and highly skilled photographers and interviewers portraying the contemporary life of people and sites along the exceptionally ethnically-diverse and rapidly-changing Columbia…

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Summer Reading:
Arlington History

Summer Reading:
Arlington History

What better way to relax at the beach or on a hammock in the mountains or on your own front porch here in Arlington than reading more about our great Arlington County. Since early 2014, we have been highlighting books and collection of books on Arlington County and our great history. Some are older books only available at the library (or on ebay) while others are brand new waiting to be discovered. As we’ve added readers and followers, we wanted…

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Arlington Bookshelf:
The Village and the Pike

Arlington Bookshelf:
The Village and the Pike

In 2014, Arlington Village, one of Arlington’s early garden apartment projects, celebrated its 75th anniversary (1939-2014). As part of the commemoration of that milestone, long-time Arlingtonian Virginia Lillis Smith compiled a collection of stories and photographs about the neighborhood from friends and family. Lillis Smith grew up in Arlington Village and her deep ties allowed her access to uncover several rare and never-before-seen treasures. The Village and the Pike is an oral history of Arlington Village, a garden apartment complex…

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