\r\nJay Roberts and Paula Whitacre Honored by Historical Society\r\nBy Mary Wadland\r\nALEXANDRIA, VA- The Alexandria Historical Society chose Paula Whitacre and Jay Roberts as the 2019 recipients of the T. Michael Miller History Award for their noteworthy contributions to the preservation of the historic, cultural, and artistic heritage of Alexandria. In addition, Kathryn Cheney, Tallie Steiner, Sylvie Weiman, and Aidan White, outstanding history students from each of Alexandria\u2019s four high schools, received an Alexandria High School History Award based on the recommendations of their teachers. Gretchen M. Bulova, Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA), spoke at the ceremony, highlighting her personal journey as a historian.\r\n\r\nPaula Whitacre\u2019s research into the life of Julia Wilbur, an abolitionist who came to Alexandria to provide aid to the freedmen during the Civil War, culminated in the publication of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur\u2019s Struggle for Purpose by University of Nebraska Press\/Potomac Books in September 2017. The book not only documents the story of a remarkable woman challenging indifference and prejudice but also provides a riveting glimpse into what life was like in Alexandria during the Civil War. Whitacre\u2019s coordinated effort to allow Julia Wilbur\u2019s words from the past to speak for themselves resulted in the transcription and online publication of more than 1400 pages of Julia Wilbur\u2019s diaries, providing a first-person narrative for future researchers and the general public.\r\n\r\nJay Roberts continually updates the public on local historical topics through his effective use of social media, bringing local history to life in his blog and providing daily musings into Alexandria\u2019s history. Roberts\u2019 passion and interest in local history have led to his publication of two books, Lost Alexandria: An Illustrated History of Sixteen Destroyed Homes In and Around Alexandria, Virginia and River to Rails: A Guidebook to Historical Markers in Old Town Alexandria.