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Fairfax County History

Virginia Room Research

Fairfax County 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

This Guide Is Intended For:

  • Researchers interested in the history of their neighborhood
  • Genealogists seeking their Fairfax County ancestors
  • Historians investigating histories of local buildings
  • School alumni searching for old yearbooks
  • Anyone curious about Fairfax County’s history

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

Local History Library Events

Burke Historical Society: They Came for Freedom: Alexandria Freedmen’s Cemetery

Local historian and author Char McCargo Bah will discuss the historical background of the Contrabands and Freedmen who migrated to Alexandria during the Civil War. In addition, this lecture will dem…

Date:
Saturday, Aug 28, 2021
Time:
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2 , Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
Categories:
Lecture/Workshop

Preservation Day - Collecting and Preserving Your Family History

Preservationists from the Washington, DC, area will present best practices for collecting and preserving stories and objects from your family history. At 10:30AM a speaker from the Washington Conse…

Date:
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021
Time:
10:30am - 11:30am
Location:
George Mason Meeting Room, George Mason Meeting Room
Categories:
Lecture/Workshop Technology

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Virtual)

Meet Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, an insightful account of how government policy in the United States intentionally pr…

Date:
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Author Event Digital Programs

Shall Not Be Denied or Abridged: The History of the Right to Vote in America

The familiar story of the history of the right to vote in America describes an electoral franchise that has grown fuller and fairer over time as Americans have fought to build a more perfect union. Th…

Date:
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Time:
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location:
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Categories:
Digital Programs Lecture/Workshop

A Native History of Colonial America

 Throughout the colonial era, Native Americans exerted decisive influence on the European colonies rapidly encroaching all around them between 1492 and 1776. But how, why, and at what cost? This prog…

Date:
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2021
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Digital Programs Lecture/Workshop Native and Indigenous People's Month

Virginia Room COVID-19 Project

Beginning in April 2020, the Virginia Room began collecting digital submissions from Fairfax County residents describing their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 100 community members contributed approximately 300 items such as photographs, journal entries, poems, and artwork. A small sample of this collection is available for viewing through the FCPL’s Biblioboard Creator platform.

 Fairfax County Public Library COVID-19 Collecting Project 

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