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Date(s) - 04/11/2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


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

Harry Shannon(1869-1928), photographer and journalist, wrote many stories about Arlington over one hundred years ago. “The Rambler” became Shannon’s nom de plume after the success of his weekly series of articles in The Washington Sunday Star from 1912-1927. He “rambled,” always with his 5×8 view camera, around Washington, D. C., Maryland, and Virginia, on horseback, bicycle, or on foot.

Shannon is a historian’s treasure.  He described houses, forts, businesses, schools, clubs, churches, creeks, groups, mills, monuments, roads, people, and families. He visited places of historic significance and interviewed residents including surviving Civil War soldiers. Reading his newspaper articles is like traveling in a “time machine.”  You are there seeing and meeting people with first-hand accounts to history – and it is you who is traveling along with him.

Martin Suydam will highlight who the Rambler was, present some special stories about him and his work,  and explain what his work means for our knowledge of our local history today. Mr. Suydam is a long-time resident of Arlington, Virginia. Now retired, he has had careers in: government (Army, Defense, Navy), industry (General Dynamics, ALCOA, JJMA, BMY, Burke Industries), consulting (FOCUS Consulting, FOCUS Marketing), and teaching (Colorado School of Mines, George Mason University, Washington College, and Marymount University).

He teaches the following courses for the Arlington County Encore Learning: “Writing a Memoir,” Walk Four Mile Run,” and “Walks with Charley.” His published books of history include “Walks with Charley,” “Building Memories,” and ”Walk Four Mile Run. He has written several local history articles for the Arlington Historical Magazine such  as “From Trolley Park to Sewage Treatment Plant: Luna Park.”

PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS. You can attend this event on either Zoom or in-person on the Marymount University Main Campus in the library auditorium. If you want to attend this event virtually, please register using this link.  You can also cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7pF7brxaD0h609ynXILui-OMypcf3kWal_6w9GI0zUbkdPg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, April 10. Zoom access information will be sent to you on the morning of the event on Thursday, April 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 free public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.