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Date(s) - 01/14/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join AHS and County Manager Mark Schwartz as he compares a snapshot of Arlington from 100 years ago and today’s Arlington in a virtual lecture.  Arlington County began as a rural area of farms — the last of which closed in 1955 — and grew into a densely populated community with housing developments, new businesses, and modernized infrastructure. The population followed suit as an increase of federal workers spilled into the area during the 1930s, as National Airport opened in 1941, as World War II saw the construction of the Pentagon, and as the Metrorail corridors were introduced in the 1970s. Today, it’s a “diverse and inclusive world-class urban community.”

To highlight the many changes Arlington undergone, Mr. Schwartz will discuss the 1920 Census and many of its telling measures including population, family size, demographic makeup (race, age, gender, languages spoken, housing types).

Mark Schwartz was named County Manager by the Arlington County Board in January 2016 after serving as Acting County Manager the previous six months. He was a Deputy County Manager from October 2010 through June 30, 2015, and was named Acting Deputy County Manager in November 2009.

This event is part of a series of free monthly public events provided by the Arlington Historical Society.  Since the pandemic curtailed live events, AHS has been providing them to the public via Zoom.  Attendees must register before Wednesday, January 13 by clicking on this link: REGISTER for AHS event and provide the attendee’s email address.  On the morning of the event (Jan 14) attendees will receive an email with zoom access information.  This procedure is for your security.