The Arlington Historical Society is working to preserve and improve the historic Hume School. Giving Tuesday on November 29 is a part of that effort. We need your help.

The Arlington Historical Society won a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that funded a study of the historic Hume School which now houses the Arlington Historical Museum. The study showed us that we need to do several things to preserve and maintain this beautiful historic building. We learned we need to upgrade our HVAC system (done!), restore the windows, waterproof the foundation, and … several other things. We have raised half of the money needed to restore the windows. On November 29, we are participating in Giving Tuesday to raise the rest of the money needed.

An example of one of windows most in need of restoration.

You can help AHS preserve this unique historic building by first sharing our photos and posts to your network of friends and family AND then by donating to help us preserve the Hume School, the oldest schoolhouse in Arlington County.

How does AHS use this historic building? This building isn’t just beautiful to look at from the outside, it houses the Arlington Historical Museum which shows all of Arlington history from native Americans to 9/11. It also has a room that is set up to look like a classroom from the 1890s when it was a grade school.

This beautiful building was built in 1891 and is the oldest standing school house in the county. AHS needs your help to preserve it.

When the Hume family who donated the property always wanted the property to be used for educational purposes. First as a grade school and today AHS continues to live up to this responsibility to educate all. AHS has special exhibits highlighting aspects of Arlington history in its museum and hosts school tours, civic organization tours, boy and girl scout visits, book talks, reading to young children, a poetry workshop focused on inclusive history and much more. The building serves as the headquarters for the Society and enables the Society to do the projects and programs you’ll find on our website:

The Hume School in 1917

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement with a simple idea: have a day that encourages people to do good. For AHS this means helping support what we do and the historic building we do it in. GivingTuesday is meant to inspire and encourage people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. You can do your part by giving a little bit of your time to post, repost, and help spread the word about AHS needs for its historic museum or you can donate directly to help fund needed preservation projects that will keep this building and all the things AHS does in it for generations to come.