Four organizations focused on history in Arlington jointly hosted a House History Workshop on November 5. The workshop was designed to help Arlington residents research the history of their homes.  Attendees:

  • Learned how to research the history of their own home or any historic property in Arlington.
  • Used maps, building permit data, photo archives, and other materials available at the Arlington County Library’s Center for Local History (CLH) and the Arlington County Historic Preservation Office.
  • Were guided through the use of other available resources.

The workshop consisted of two parts:

  1. An introduction to available resources demonstrated through a look at two case studies
  2. A hands-on exploration of historical records in the Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Main Library,

The workshop was led by Matthew Gilmore, a longtime student of local history and presenter of many such workshops on homes in Washington, and Cynthia Liccese-Torres, Coordinator of Arlington’s Historic Preservation Office, who oversees the county’s preservation activities and has researched dozens of historic Arlington properties.

Arlington’s four history organizations partnered to present this workshop: Preservation Arlington, Arlington Historical Society, the Arlington County Historic Preservation Office, and our hosts, the Arlington Public Library’s Center for Local History.  This video was produced by Arlington TV.