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Date(s) - 01/11/2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


This program is free and open to the public. You can attend via Zoom or in-person. See details below on both ways to attend.

Just in time for the beginning of election primary season, John Milliken will discuss his new book “The New Dominion: The Twentieth-Century Elections That Shaped Modern Virginia.”

Virginia has a long and complicated political history, some of it good, and some of it not so good.  The New Dominion analyzes six key statewide elections and explores changes in Virginia. Virginia went from the limited electorate of the Byrd era, with the support of only 5-7 percent of the adult population. This contrasts to today’s politics which sets new records for voter participation nearly every year.

  • What drove political change in Virginia from the segregationist bastion of Harry Byrd to today’s purple, trending blue, multicultural state?
  • How have elections been influenced by the rise in  participation of Black voters?
  • How has the explosive population growth in northern Virginia coupled with population loss in rural communities impacted elections?

The answers to these and other questions are in this close look at Virginia’s key 20th century elections.

John Milliken has served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Virginia Port Authority under five Virginia governors. Prior to this, he served in several transportation related positions in state and local government including the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Transportation, member and chairman of the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, elected member and chairman of the Arlington County Board, and a member of the Transportation Planning Board of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. A graduate of Haverford College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Milliken practiced infrastructure law in the Washington area until his retirement in 2015.

The book will be  available for purchase. Visit the AHS online bookstore to purchase your copy in advance.

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/1FAIpQLSenTDlsAVmwCnGi6k7A2NC62cy_fWyUp7eumRSLiw_g786Aiw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, January 10:  Zoom access information will be sent to you on the morning of the event on Thursday, January 11.

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. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org