From colonial times, to the civil war, to World War II, to desegregation, to the coming of Metro and Smart Growth, to 9/11 – Arlington’s history is rich, tumultuous, heroic and contentious. Since January, the Arlington History Task Force, composed of County staff and residents who are passionate about our community and its history, have been studying ways to capture, preserve, store and share Arlington’s colorful, momentous past with everyone.
The group now has produced a mid-term report, available on the County website, that outlines a five-year plan for ensuring that Arlington’s history is preserved and accessible to generations to come. The task force is seeking public comment on the report by Oct. 26. You can easily post your on-line comments directly in the document by going to this URL: https://arlingtonva.opencomment.us/history-task-force-mid-term-report
“In five years, 2020, Arlington County will reach a historical landmark – its centennial as a County,” the group writes in its Mid-Term Report and Five-year plan for Historic Preservation and Access. he Reference is to the centennial anniversary of the State Assembly naming the County “Arlington.” “Now is the perfect time, as we approach this historical milestone, to commit the County’s energy and resources toward preservation of and public access to local government and community records. The effort promotes openness, cultivates public participation and strengthens bonds within our local community through widely-available public access to valuable government and community records.”
The task force, appointed by the County Manager, plans to present its final report to the County Board this December. The goal is to create a plan that will guide the way we preserve our history and make it accessible to all for years to come. Please help us develop the best possible plan.
Read the Mid-Term report.