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Date(s) - 11/08/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


To help commemorate the end of World War I in 1918, the Arlington Historical Society presents the rich history of Fort Myer. Originally part of the Custis Estate at the beginning of the Civil War, you’ll learn about the good, the bad, the ugly, and the odd, including Chief Bad Hand aka John Wayne, the Wright Brothers and their nemesis “spies” known as Lt. Thomas Selfridge and Alexander Graham Bell, the “Three Sisters” stolen by the US Navy, the Society Circus of Major George Patton, the female German spy who escaped from Quarters Two, the lost bunker from the Berlin Airlift of 1948, the remains of the White House under the tennis courts, the mystery rock walls underneath the parking lot of the Class Six Store, Mrs. Kennedy’s visit of April, 1963; and the Buffalo Soldiers of the West. The history of Fort Myer is as deep, rich, and unique as Arlington’s itself from its modest beginnings during the Civil War as Fort Whipple to the premier cavalry post of the US Army today.

Historian Kim Bernard Holien knows all the untold stories of Fort Myer. He served as a military historian for the US Government starting in 1979 and from 1995 until his retirement in 2013 he was the Fort Myer Military Community historian. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethel College and his master’s degree in history from George Mason University in 1984. He is the author of the Battle at Ball’s Bluff.

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: 703-942-9247.

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.