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Nominations Sought for 2016 Endangered List

Nominations Sought for 2016 Endangered List

Arlington is a great community with modern high rises and vibrant shopping areas, along with older commercial strips and quiet single-family neighborhoods. Is there a building or place that you see or use in your daily life and feel is an important part of your experience of living or working in Arlington? Are you concerned that it may be under redevelopment threat or is disappearing due to lack of attention or other factors? If so, we encourage you to nominate…

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Historic District Approved:
Cambridge Courts

Historic District Approved:
Cambridge Courts

Introducing Arlington’s newest Local Historic: Cambridge Courts located at 2401-2813 Arlington Blvd in Arlington’s Lyon Park neighborhood. This is the third garden apartment complex designated a local historic district, joining Colonial Village and Buckingham. Cambridge Courts is a complex of 20 Colonial (Georgian) Revival-styled buildings and identified as contributing to the Lyon Park National Register Historic District. The almost seven acre site includes 20 buildings comprising 159 individually owned units. Built in 1943 as apartments the project converted to condominium…

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February 2 1959 & 2016
Arlington Schools

February 2 1959 & 2016
Arlington Schools

On February 2, 1959 four young black students entered Stratford Junior High School, beginning the integration of Arlington County schools. And so went the rest of the state. On February 2, 2016, all four of these students will return to Arlington County and Stratford for a community event sponsored by Arlington Public Schools. Michael G. Jones, Gloria Thompson, Ronald Deskins and Lance D. Newman will once again be together at Stratford. Come celebrate these amazing “Arlington History Makers” and here…

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NPS Panel: Interpreting Arlington House

NPS Panel: Interpreting Arlington House

Last week, a group of prominent historians gathered at Arlington Cemetery for a roundtable discussion focusing on the future of interpretation for Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. The discussion took place over two days (October 29-30) and was facilitated by Dean Herrin, Chief Historian for the National Park Service (NPS) National Capital region. Presenters included Dana Shoaf, editor in chief of Civil War Times magazine; Steve Hammond, a descendant of the historic Syphax family who were enslaved at…

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New Bridge Honors Freedmans Village

New Bridge Honors Freedmans Village

Celebrating “a community connected,” as one transportation official put it, the new Freedmans Village Bridge was dedicated on Thursday before a crowd of dignitaries, descendants, and local residents. Carrying Washington Boulevard over Columbia Pike, the bridge is named for the Civil War-era community that was established for emancipated and fugitive slaves on the grounds of the Arlington estate. More than 20 years in the making, the bridge replaces a 70-year-old span that was severely deteriorated and a cause for concern…

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Arlington. History. Survey. Take it.

Arlington. History. Survey. Take it.

What about Arlington’s history is important to you? Where do you go to learn about our history as a community? How do you think our history should be collected, preserved and shared? Arlington is seeking the general public’s ideas on collecting, preserving, sharing the history of Arlington. This is part of an ongoing effort started in January 2015 when the County convened a task force to look at current county policies and practices as well as best practices and successful…

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Guest Post: A “Living Museum” about
Little Saigon

Guest Post: A “Living Museum” about
Little Saigon

April 30, 2015, marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. After the war, many Vietnamese refugees settled in Arlington, Virginia, and the Clarendon neighborhood briefly became known as “Little Saigon.” On Saturday, a cultural heritage event took place in Clarendon to recognize this important history. The event featured a County Board proclamation, a temporary public art installation by Vietnamese-American artist Khánh H. Lê (now on view at the Center for Local…

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Clarendon Event May 9 Will Commemorate Arlington’s Little Saigon

Clarendon Event May 9 Will Commemorate Arlington’s Little Saigon

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, as part of Clarendon’s Neighborhood Day celebration, the Arlington County Board, county staff, local artists and students, and members of the Vietnamese community will participate in a special program to honor Clarendon’s Vietnamese history, particularly the period of the late 1970s and 1980s when it was known as “Little Saigon.” All are invited to take part in this special event that will include a hands-on public art activity and self-guided smartphone tours of historic buildings…

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Nominations Sought for
2015 Endangered List

Nominations Sought for
2015 Endangered List

Arlington is a great community with modern high rises and vibrant shopping areas, along with older commercial strips and quiet single-family neighborhoods. Is there a building or place that you see or use in your daily life and feel is an important part of your experience of living or working in Arlington? Are you concerned that it may be under redevelopment threat or is disappearing due to lack of attention or other factors? If so, we encourage you to nominate…

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For Rent: Arlington Lustron

For Rent: Arlington Lustron

One of Arlington last four remaining Lustron homes is now “For Rent”. If you ever wanted to live in one of these homes without the long term commitment of ownership or you have visions of a “Mad Men” lifestyle, now is your chance. The 1250 sf 2 BR 1 BA home is located in the Arlington Heights neighborhood on South 7th Street. It has a large yard and off street parking. A number of exterior modifications beyond the original house…

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