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Date(s) - 11/10/2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


Join us as author Peter R. Penczer takes us on a photographic journey through Arlington in the 1920s. See rural Alexandria County get a new name—Arlington—and evolve from a farming community into a rapidly growing suburb. Visit Arlington Beach, Washington Airport, and Ballston Field in the age of trolleys, bungalows, and the Klan.

Mr. Penczer was ready to present his unique collection of Arlington photographs–many never before published– in March 2020 as part of the AHS celebration of the centennial our county’s name, Arlington. The pandemic intervened, but Mr. Penczer is back and ready to transport you to the Arlington of a century ago.

Mr. Penczer is a historian and author of two books: Washington, D.C., Past and Present (1998) and The Washington National Mall (2007). He is formerly assistant curator of the B. F. Saul Company and is currently working on a book on Washington artist Walter Paris. He has lived in Arlington since 1984.

In-Person Attendance Details

This program is free and open to the public. It will be held only on an in-person basis in the Reinsch Library Auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University.  Marymount University no longer requires face masks or social distancing.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

This event is one of the monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org

This presentation will not be recorded.

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