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formerly the Hume School.



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    Board Meeting Schedule
    Next Meeting - Tues., June 15, 7pm
    1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd.
    Arlington, VA 22202

    Under the Society's Bylaws, AHS Board of Directors meetings are open to all members. Since the date is sometimes changed, however, it's best to check with a Board member before showing up for a meeting.

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    The Arlington Historical Society (AHS), founded in September 1956, is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of Virginia and operated for literary and educational purposes that support research, collection, preservation, discovery, restoration and dissemination of the local history of Arlington County, Virginia.

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    Arlington County, Virginia — an urban area of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. — was home to American Indian communities for more than 10,000 years and associated with major events in Virginia history for almost 400 years. Arlington is still a county, with no incorporated cities or towns within its boundaries.

    History & Heritage in Arlington County, Virginia

    The Arlington Historical Society invites you to support local history today by becoming a member, attending one of our fun and informative programs, and visiting our Arlington Historical Museum and Historic Ball-Sellers House.

    AHS Program - W-L Class of 1944 Alumni

    When: Thurs., September 15, 7:00pm
    Where: Auditorium, Arlington Central Library (map)

    Joint program with the W-L Alumni Association.

    AHS Annual Banquet; with guest speaker Walton Owen, "The Arlington Line of Defenses"

    When: June 17, 6 – 10:00pm
    Where: Army-Navy Country Club (map)

    Members and the general public are invited to the Arlington Historical Society's Annual Membership Dinner and Fundraiser, in commemoration of the Civil War Sesquecentennial. With special guest Walton H. Owen, II, Associate Director and Curator of Fort Ward Museum and co-author of "Mr. Lincoln’s Forts – A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington." Mr. Owen will speak on "The Arlington Line of Defenses." Cost is $55 for AHS Members, $65 for non-members. Download the invitation and RSVP card, and mail with your check by June 10th.

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    for the Annual Fund of the Arlington Historical Society

    Dear Friend of the Arlington Historical Society:

    It’s been another exciting, exceptional year for the Arlington Historical Society, in every way due to the support from Members and friends like you. Public programs on the history of Columbia Pike, a tribute to Arlington Veterans, among others events, were highly praised and well attended. The Annual Banquet at Army-Navy Country Club featured Washington Post columnist John Kelly. We worked hand in glove with neighborhood groups and those dedicated to history who generously donate time and funds to keep the Hume School-Arlington Historical Society Museum and the Ball-Sellers House grounds in top shape.

    The Arlington Historical Society plays a critical role in our county in numerous ways. Most importantly, people look to us as the primary guardian of our county’s past. We are honored to fill this important role, but the financial demands of our operations and programs are substantial. The year 2011 will mark the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (in which Arlington played a hugely pivotal role), and the Tenth Year Commemoration of the attacks on the Pentagon. Next, we have the Bi-centennial of the War of 1812, in which, as many of you know, Arlington served as the “protector” of our Nation’s most important public documents. We intend to mount exhibits and conduct public programs for these, and other historical events and themes to bring Arlington’s rich and varied history to life for everyone in the community, and for visitors from everywhere.

    We also want to significantly improve upon the display space at the Museum to open it up for more community events. We work closely with the Arlington Heritage Alliance on Arlington preservation issues, for example The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pentagon, and co-host public tours like the Meigs Quartermaster’s kit home at Ft. Myer. In addition, the Ball-Sellers house is in urgent need of a security system, and major repairs, as water damage threatens the very foundation of this unique historic treasure, Arlington’s oldest building.

    Over the last few years, our membership has declined, thus reducing the largest source of our revenues – member dues. Dues have not been raised in over ten years. Costs continue to rise. Even though your Board of Directors thoroughly and aggressively trimmed our projected budget expenditures, we are for the second year in a row operating “in the red,” in a deficit budget. This uncomfortable situation compels us now to ask our closest friends to make a special gift to our “Bell Ringer Campaign,” named after the many children who visit our museum and enjoy ringing the old Hume School bell as part of their visit. We also think the name is appropriate for the holiday season in which we make this appeal.

    However you choose to make your gift this year, be assured that we appreciate your generosity, and that your gift will be put to good use to ensure that Arlington’s future continues to honor , respect, and remind all citizens of its past. Don’t be a stranger…come by the Museum, offer us your thoughts and ideas. This is, after all, your Historical Society!

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Arlington Historical Society, I extend my most sincere thanks, and best wishes to you for a Happy Holiday Season and a very healthy and prosperous New Year.

    Tom Dickinson

    Gifts to the annual Bell Ringer Campaign can be made online through our secure website.




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