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    What you can do

    Become a member

    Membership in the Arlington Historical Society is open to everyone, including corporations and nonprofit organizations. Our membership benefits include:

    • our quarterly newsletter
    • the Arlington Historical Magazine, published annually
    • discounts at the Arlington Historical Museum bookshop
    • invitations to special members-only events

    To join the Arlington Historical Society, please download, print and mail in the membership application, along with your check.

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    Become a docent

    Our hardy band of volunteers work at keeping the Arlington Historical Museum open for members and the public. What's the payoff? Meeting people who are curious about Arlington's history and are interesting in themselves; new residents who want to get acquainted with their surroundings and its beginnings; and learning more about local history themselves.

    You don’t need to be a teacher or professor — willingness to share what you know and a friendly manner are your main talents. For many visitors, you may be the first introduction to the Arlington Historical Society, its collections, and its programs and activities.

    Slots are available for those willing to give docent duty a try. The commitment is three hours, once a month from 1-4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday (except February). Contact us at and our docent coordinator will get in touch with you.

    Come to the Arlington Reunion and our other programs described below.

    What we do

    Mission statement

    The Arlington Historical Society, Inc., founded in 1956, is a nonprofit educational organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The mission of the Arlington Historical Society is to conduct research and to preserve and disseminate knowledge relating to the history, archaeology, material culture, and geographical and socio-economic development of Arlington County, Virginia. The Society carries out this mission through its historic resources, including two historic properties and its collections; original historical research and publications; the discovery, collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts; and the presentation and dissemination of knowledge on the local history of Arlington County to the public.

    (Approved by the AHS Board of Directors on 1/12/98)

    Privacy policy

    The Arlington Historical Society does not sell or rent its membership list. It does, from time to time, provide the names, addresses, and email addresses of its members to civic organizations and other groups whose missions complement that of the Arlington Historical Society, and which have information deemed interesting to Arlington Historical Society members.

    Officers of the Arlington Historical Society


    The newsletter is distributed bimonthly from September through May and is mailed to members prior to scheduled meetings.

    The Arlington Historical Society Magazine generally appears every October.

    This web site is maintained on a volunteer basis. We are very interested in your ideas for the site — as a member, as an educator, as a researcher, or as a visitor to Arlington. Please let us know what you think!

    We also offer a mailing list via Yahoo. At the bottom of every page on this site, you can enter your e-mail address to receive reminders and notices about goings-on in the historical society. Your name and e-mail address will NOT be used for anything but AHS-related messages; there are usually one or two messages a month.

    Programs, events, and activities

    Meetings, which are open to the public, are generally held at the Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street Mapquest directions. Meetings are usually the second Thursday of September, November, January, March, and May, at 7:45 p.m. Parking is available in the garage — enter from N. Quincy St. — or in the lot behind the building — enter from 10th St. The library is a few blocks west from the Virginia Square Metro station.

    Arlington Reunion

    Arlington Reunion meetings, which are open to the public and often televised later on public television, are held in October, December, February, and April from 10 a.m. - noon, generally at the Central Library auditorium. These community reminiscences are televised later on Arlington cable channel 31.

    Arlington Historical Society
    P.O. Box 100402, Arlington, Virginia 22210-3402

    Send us e-mail at or give us a ring at 703/892-4204.

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    Your name and e-mail address will NOT be used for anything but AHS meeting and event announcements. See our Privacy Policy for more detail.