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Date(s) - 06/13/2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University



In 1824 the Marquis de Lafayette overlooked the Potomac River from Arlington House and declared it the finest view in the world. Mapmakers and photographers have documented the riverfront from Rosslyn to Four Mile Run from above, via its hills, towers, aircraft, and satellite. Join us for a virtual tour as Roger A. Mola, a retired researcher from Smithsonian/Air & Space Magazine, shares bird’s-eye views and aerials spanning two centuries from agriculture to army camps, amusement parks and aquatics to three airports.

Roger Mola is an award winning journalist recently retired from Air & Space/Smithsonian Magazine, where he served as researcher and video editor. He has more than 1,000 published articles in aviation and aerospace spanning history, technology, and business. Mr. Mola is a private pilot with training in a dozen types of aircraft. Roger moved to Arlington in 1983 after earning his B.S. at Cornell University. Roger previously lectured for Arlington Historical Society on Operation Skyshield, 1960s defense exercises in which all civil aircraft in North America were grounded while military practiced for response to a Soviet attack.

Attend via Zoom or In-Person

PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS. You can attend this event on either Zoom or in-person on the Marymount University Main Campus.  If you want to attend this event virtually, please use this link to register. You can also cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2GIWFsn8kAphfA_xBMK3JuJtES9BXTM27W4YHkZPiXVT_MA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, June 12:  Zoom access information will be sent to you on the morning of the event on Thursday, June 13.

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.)

  • If the university has lowered the garage gates, push the button and let them know you’re here for an Arlington Historical Society event in the library. To leave, push the button and they’ll raise the gate.

This event is one of the monthly series of free public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. This event is hosted courtesy of the Marymount University politics program’s American Heritage Initiative. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org