The Arlington Historical Society, Inc., founded in 1956, is a nonprofit educational organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The mission of the Arlington Historical Society is to conduct research and to preserve and disseminate knowledge relating to the history, archaeology, material culture, and geographical and socio-economic development of Arlington County, Virginia. The Society carries out this mission through its historic resources, including two historic properties and its collections; original historical research and publications; the discovery, collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts; and the presentation and dissemination of knowledge on the local history of Arlington County to the public.

Ongoing Programs

  • Monthly programs include dynamic lectures and tours.
  • Annual banquet including awards to individuals and/or organizations who make exceptional contributions to Arlington history.
  • Arlington History Passport Program is an innovative approach to educating youth about history. Students are issued a “passport” and instructions for visiting ten historic county sites where unique rubber stamps record each visit. Students visiting all ten sites will receive a certificate of recognition.
  • Annual High School Essay Contest for students on aspects of Arlington County history on a stated theme. Texts of winning essays are given countywide publicity, and winning essays are awarded with a cash prize.
  • Collaboration with Arlington’s Black Heritage Museum related to the African American experience in the county.
  • Annual “Bell Ringer” Campaign raises funds for AHS’s ongoing programs and our museums.

You can play a part in interpreting and preserving local history. Volunteer to write an article, develop exhibits, organize educational tours, plan our annual banquet, serve as a museum docent, join in fundraising efforts – and more.

Your membership and gifts support a cause that benefits all Arlingtonians.  Become a Member Today