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Restoring History — Pixel by Pixel

Rita Mattia breathes new life into images from our past By Kris Gilbertson In December 2016, a new client brought Rita Mattia an emotion-charged challenge: Could she rescue a pencil portrait drawn from her high school graduation photo in the 1980s by her beloved brother, now dead? The art had hung unprotected in a house […]

The 2 Sides Project

Documenting A Search for Healing from the Vietnam War By Kris Gilbertson Margot Carlson Delogne’s father, Capt. John W. Carlson, was an Air Force pilot shot down near Bien Hoa, Vietnam, on December 7, 1966. Margot was two years old. “The only things I thought about that country were pretty much, I hate it because […]

Manumission Tours

Adding to the Wealth of Alexandria’s Historical Record By Kris Gilbertson In 2015, when the City Council debated redevelopment of the Ramsey Homes, Council member John Taylor Chapman was bothered that so few people knew that Ramsey Homes was one of three projects built as segregated housing for black defense workers during World War II. […]

A Brief Glimpse of Alexandria History: Burke & Herbert Bank

By Kris Gilbertson When John W. Burke, 27, and Arthur Herbert, 23, opened the Burke & Herbert Banking & Exchange Office on August 14, 1852, gas lighting and running water had just been introduced to the busy port city of Alexandria, Virginia. Their banking enterprise at Prince and Lee Streets (Lee was called Water Street […]

Marking History: Episcopal High School

By Mary Wadland Located at 3436 King Street this marker celebrates Episcopal High School which was founded in 1839 as the first high school in Virginia. The Rev. William N. Pendleton and three assistant heads initially taught 35 boys at the boarding facility which occupied 80 acres of land. It was originally known as The […]

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