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Date(s) - 06/11/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


Before reliable radar, the U.S. recruited 800,000 schoolchildren, hobbyists and other Americans to watch the skies for a Soviet air attack. This little known organization had its beginnings in World War I, blossomed in World War II as American feared German or Japanese attacks. But it was at its height in the 1950s as the Cold War and tensions between the Soviet Union and the U.S. intensified.  Civilian volunteers all over the country pledged to watch the sky for enemy aircraft and call the y looked at the sky for hours. Arlington, long acknowledged as being at “ground zero” had more than it’s share of volunteers. Deborah Fuller, educator and local historian will look at the history of the Ground Observer Corps and how it fit into the Civil Defense activities of the 1950s.

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Reinsch Library auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University. This event 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 email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees 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.)