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Contribute to a New Initiative, Mapping Alexandria, by Sharing Your Story

Alexandria’s Market Square (Photo: Evan Michio Photography for the City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-On June 26, the Office of Historic Alexandria released information about a new initiative to celebrate Alexandria’s 275th Birthday. Mapping Alexandria: Stories of a Changing City is a year-long project that welcomes current and former residents to learn about the city’s “evolving history,” says an Alexandria eNews bulletin.   OHA is asking people to contribute personal stories about ther lives here and the neighborhoods in which they have lived.

There are many different ways to tell your story, too.

Map Your Neighborhood: Contribute to a crowd-sourced map that highlights the unique histories of Alexandria’s neighborhoods.

Share Your Story: Record a memory of your neighborhood in the story portal, creating a personal snapshot of Alexandria’s history.

Join a StoryCircle: Attend a facilitated StoryCircle at various recreational centers. These gatherings allow groups of 5-15 people to share and listen to personal stories about specific topics. Space is limited, so please RSVP soon here.

Explore the Oral History Archive: View the many lived experiences of Alexandrians through a map of the public archive maintained by the Alexandria Oral History Center, or search the archive by topic.

Mapping Alexandria Exhibition

A exhibition at the Alexandria History Museum (201 S. Washington St.) is now open, highlighting the city’s history as told by residents. The announcement calls it a “unique opportunity to understand the evolution of Alexandria and discover the oral history narratives that have shaped its neighborhoods.” Visitors can even contribute their own stories while visiting.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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