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Date(s) - 06/14/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


Immigration and its Impact on World War I and Arlington

With Immigration Historian, Zack Wilske

Although the outbreak of WWI greatly reduced immigration to the U.S. from the high levels during the preceding years, the war resulted in new duties for the Bureaus of Immigration and of Naturalization. The Bureau of Immigration became responsible for interning German crewmembers in the U.S. and enforcing stricter border crossing procedures and the Bureau of Naturalization enacted new changes to the citizenship process such as quickly expediting naturalization for non-citizen military service members and improving and increasing immigrant Americanization programs. We’ll also look at how these new policies impacted Arlington.

Zack Wilske is Historian for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. His research includes the history of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the development of federal immigration and nationality policies, and the uses of INS records for historians and genealogists.

This program is free and open to the public. It is part of a monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org, Email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org or call: 703-892-4204.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. Then turn left and park in the garage at the bottom of the incline. Handicapped parking is available at this 26th Street entrance immediately upon entry at the library.  For complete directions to the Main Campus of Marymount University (2807 N. Glebe Road) go to http://www.marymount.edu/Home/Contact-us/Locate-us

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: A free Marymount Shuttle bus is available from the Ballston-MU Metro Station (Orange and Silver lines). The University is also accessible via Metro bus routes 23A and 23T; exit at the N. Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive stop.