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Local History

Formed in 1742, Fairfax County has a long and fruitful history. The Virginia Room, located on the second floor of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, collects, preserves, and makes accessible local history resources. Researchers can find historical information on Fairfax County individuals, locations, and events. This Local History page serves as a guide to some of our local history resources which include:

  • Photographs
  • Yearbooks
  • Local Newspapers
  • Subject Files
  • Archival Collections

Questions? Email the Virginia Room: va_room@fairfaxcounty.gov

Local History Library Events

Dig Deep Into Your Roots

Participants will receive guidance in locating that lost relative and /or finding additional information about their relatives. The workshop teachers will be able to assist participants with three dif…

Date:
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019
Time:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Conference Room 103, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Conference Room 103, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
Categories:
Age: Adults

An Unlikely Reformer: the Complicated History of Virginia Senator Carter Glass and his Landmark Financial Reforms

Matthew P. Fink’s An Unlikely Reformer investigates the tempestuous thought – and prejudice – of VA Senator Carter Glass, a man once called “the single most important lawmaker in the history o…

Date:
Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
Categories:
 

Forgotten Fairfax: The Demographic History of Fairfax County

Cam Gibson, a demographer formerly with the US Census Bureau, will talk about the demographic history of Fairfax County from 1742 to 2010, including a focus on 1880, which includes data from censuses …

Date:
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
Categories:
Age: Adults

Burke Historical Society Presents: Sydenstricker: A Living Link to Springfield's Past

Annette Tison and Lisa Friedrich Becker recount the history of the Sydenstricker community (for which Sydenstricker Road is named), including the historic Methodist church and the schoolhouse, both pr…

Date:
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
Categories:
Age: Adults Age: Older Adults

The Civil War in Northern Virginia in 1861

Local historian and author William Connery will paint a picture of Northern Virginia at the beginning of the American Civil War. Teens-adults.…

Date:
Thursday, Jun 20, 2019
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
Categories:
Age: Adults Age: Older Adults Age: Teens Author Event

Burke Historical Society Presents: Local German POW Camps of WWII

Ann Shields shares her research on the WWII-era camps for German prisoners of war at Fort Meade, Fairfax and Fort Hunt, within the context of the national POW-internment program. Adults.…

Date:
Sunday, Jun 30, 2019
Time:
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
Categories:
Age: Adults Age: Older Adults

Forgotten Fairfax: Fairfax County Public Schools A Visual History

Explore the rich history of Fairfax County Public Schools from its founding in 1870 to the present through rare photographs, archival film footage, maps, and other illustrations. …

Date:
Saturday, Aug 24, 2019
Time:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
Categories:
Age: Adults

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