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  • Great Falls Area Links
  • Fairfax County Area Links
  • Northern Virginia History Notes
        A lady named Debbie Robison has developed a very interesting and informative web site about Northern Virginia. New pages recently added to the site provide a great deal of information about the following Great Falls subjects:
  • Alexandria Area Links
  • Vale School House
        The Vale School–Community House was built as a one-room schoolhouse circa 1884 on nearly two acres of land in the farming community of Vale, which today is a suburban residential area.
        This is a very detailed and illustrated history of this historic school.
  • Arlington Historical Society
  • Fairfax Circuit Court Historical Records
        The Circuit Court's Historical Records Room, located in Room 315 of the Fairfax County Courthouse, is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. It houses records dating back to the formation of Fairfax County in 1742 up through the early 1900s.
  • Historical Fairfax Newspaper Index (1785 - 2000)
        This Fairfax County site provides for a search of the following newspapers for historical information contained in articles pubished between the years 1785 and 2000.
    • Fairfax Herald (1886-1973)
    • Fairfax News - Herndon Observer (1925-1943)
    • Alexandria Gazette (1785-1788), (1854-1855)
    • Arlington County Record (1860-1863)
    • Fairfax County Independent (1929-1932)
    • Fairfax City Times (1961-1968)
    • Fairfax News (1872-1875)
    • Local News (1861-1862)
    • Reston Times (1965-1972), (1975-1976), (1981), and (2000)
    • The Rambler in the Washington Star (1912-1928}
        The articles referenced by the search may then be read by visiting the Virginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library at 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA (703-293-6227). The microfilm viewers at the Virginia Room can generate paper copies of newspaper items.
  • Historical Copies of Washington Post Newspapers
        If you have a library card for the Fairfax County Libraries, you can now search historical copies of the Washington Post newspapers as far back as 1877, online. This is possible through the Fairfax County Public Library's ProQuest remote log in site. Log in with your library card number at the page you reach from this link. Once you are logged in, search the historical Washington Post articles by selecting the "News - the Historical Washington Post" option in the "Database" block.   Then enter your search information.
  • Travel Tips for the Civil War Traveler
        With Civil War sesquicentennial events already kicking into high gear, opportunities abound for the traveling history buff. If you're looking for a one-stop shop to show you what's going on where, the Web site Civil War Traveler might be your answer. In addition to offering an encyclopedic collection of podcasts, maps and more, its far-reaching events calendar designates happenings tied to the war's 150th anniversary all around the country. This web site also lists other online resources by state and region. For more information, use this link.
  • Richmond Civil War Newspaper
        The University of Richmond has digitized the Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper for the Civil War years. The project is not yet complete; however, the newspaper is now available for use and exploration at this link.
  • Small Civil War Letters Archive at Baylor
        Baylor University has announced that a small archive of Civil War letters has been digitized and is now available at the Baylor University Library Digital Collections site. The collection consists of thirty-two letters, mostly between a soldier and his sweetheart. The letters have been both digitized and transcribed.
        "John's letters from the field provide readers with a unique insight into the horrors, excitement, and day-to-day monotony of a soldier's life in the Confederate army, while Jennie's letters detail life on the home front in Marshall, Texas."
  • Virginia History Resource Links
  • Virginia's Native American Links
  • Genealogy Links
  • American Revolution Links
  • Civil War Links
  • Archeological Society of Virginia
        The Archeological Society of Virginia was founded in 1940. It is one of the oldest state societies in the country.
  • Museum Links
  • Local Grist Mill Links
  • Links to Sites of US Mills
  • Society of Architectural Historians
        An international not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide. Preserving important structures, landscapes and other aspects of the built environment is a key tenet of the Society's mission. A source of guidelines for architects and historians who have been asked to testify about the significance of a building or landscape.
  • Heritage Preservation Services—National Park Services
        Among many services provided by HPS, their Technical Preservation Services helps home owners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies preserve and protect this nation's heritage by providing readily available materials—guidance pamphlets and books, videos, and a web page—on preserving, restoring, and rehabilitating historic buildings. Provides a wealth of information and links regarding American battlefields, historic buildings, historic landmarks, historic landscapes, and tribal communities.
  • America's Story by the Library of Congress
        Site was designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories for people of all ages.
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
        This is a truly robust website with access to a wealth of information and images of our important historic documents. Since 1934, the National Archives has provided comprehensive records management support and archival guidance and services. NARA provides access to, 21 million boxes of records, and public display of our Charters of Freedom. The following is a link to a fascinating page about our Charters of Freedom.
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Star Spangled Banner
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