oldfiremenThe Arlington Historical Society (AHS) announced today its diverse series of free public programs for the second half of 2014.

The program season will kick off on Thursday, September 11, 2014 with Chief James Schwartz of the Arlington County Fire Department, who will provide an historical overview of the ACFD beginning with the formation of the first volunteer fire company in 1898 through the hiring of its first career staff in 1940. The chief will continue the discussion of the department’s evolution over the years as it has adapted to meet a growing community’s needs. ACFD was the lead firefighting agency that responded to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the Pentagon, and Chief Schwartz led the unified command fire and rescue effort.

Chief Schwartz joined Arlington Fire in 1984, serving in a variety of fire department positions including assistant chief for operations. In April 2003, he was assigned to the Office of the County Manager where he served as the Director of Emergency Management until his appointment to Fire Chief the following year.

The Arlington County Fire Department consists of 320 personnel that provide fire, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue response to an urban community of 213,000 residents in an area of 26 square miles.

The hour-long program will begin at 7:00pm at Walter Reed Community Center (2909 S. 16th Street, Arlington, VA  22204). Note that this is a one-time change-of-venue from Arlington Central Library; AHS programming will return to the library in October. A question-and-answer session will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

Arlington Historical Society’s programming continues throughout the fall with the following events:

Saturday, September 13, 2014
“Arlington Antiques Appraisal”
Carlin Hall
10:00am to 12:00 p.m.
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA

Saturday, September 20, 2014
“Stories at the Museum”
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Arlington Historical Museum
1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington, VA

Thursday, October 9, 2014
“An Ordinary Hero: Joan Mulholland and Civil Rights in Arlington”
Joan Mulholland
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA

Saturday, October 25, 2014
“Stories at the Museum”
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Arlington Historical Museum
1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington, VA

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
“House History Workshop”
6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Arlington Central Library, 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room
1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA

Thursday, November 13, 2014
“The Columbia Pike Documentary Project”
Lloyd Wolf
6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA

Saturday, November 22, 2014
“Stories at the Museum”
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Arlington Historical Museum
1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington, VA

Thursday, December 11, 2014
“Bringing History Alive – Teaching Social Studies in Arlington Public Schools”
Cathy Hix
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA

Saturday, December 20, 2014
“Make Your Own Holiday Ornaments and Cards”
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Arlington Historical Museum
1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington, VA

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