Fairfax County 2007 History Book

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Oct. 14, 2005

Fairfax County 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee to Publish History Book

The Fairfax County 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee, as part of the larger Virginia 2007 Community Program to commemorate 400 years of Virginia history, has announced plans to publish a book as a legacy project for county residents. The book will feature vignettes, anecdotal articles and essays that highlight the history of Fairfax County through the last 400 years, since the founding of Jamestown in 1607.

The committee is soliciting original, non-published, history-related items for publication in the book. Each contribution — written, photographic or other — must be the sole property of the person submitting it, or it must be shown that the owner has given permission for its use. This is a volunteer project with no compensation for any submission. The authors will have the satisfaction of being a part of this great project and having their work reflect the pride Fairfax County residents feel about the rich and diverse history that will carry through over the next 100 years.

The publication will contain a minimum of four vignettes, anecdotal articles or essays from each of the last four centuries, 1607-2007, for a total of at least 16 selections. Writers may submit articles or photographs about events, personalities, geographical features, localities or any subject that has had historical significance within today’s Fairfax County geographical boundaries.

A committee of historians from the county, area educational facilities and the Fairfax County Library will evaluate the work submitted. The selected articles will be published in a softbound volume to be distributed to libraries, historical sites and schools within the county. The publication also will be available for sale at sites throughout the county. Articles or photographs not included in the volume will be filed in the unpublished manuscript file at the Virginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library.

All interested persons are encouraged to participate in this exciting competition and become a piece of Fairfax County history. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2006, with selections made by Sept. 1, 2006. It is anticipated that the volume will be available in early 2007.

Procedure for submitting material for the history book
Written submissions should contain no more than 2,500 words, not including footnotes, be double-spaced in 12-point type with one-inch margins on white 8.5 inches by 11 inches bond paper.

When submitting photographs, place a label on the back of the photograph with a description of the photograph, your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Do not write on the back of the photograph. Do not submit original photographs since they will not be returned.

All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form. The form is available to download at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/va2007. To request a form by mail or fax, please call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Entries must be submitted by June 1, 2006. Material can be submitted via e-mail to wwwopa@fairfaxcounty.gov or by mail on a disk along with the hard copy to the following address:

Virginia 2007 History Book Project
Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22036-0065

Fairfax 2007 Commemoration
Fairfax County was recognized in January 2005 by Gov. Mark R. Warner as an official Virginia 2007 Community as part of the Virginia 2007 Community Program, established to expand tourism, economic development and educational opportunities throughout the state in preparation for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Virginia and Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.

As part of a growing list of communities participating in this program, Fairfax County agreed to follow a five-step process consisting of creating a citizen planning committee; adopting a project that highlights the county's history; examining the county’s strengths and weaknesses to discover ways to make it a better place to work, live and visit; adopting a project to be completed in 2007 that will be a lasting legacy for present and future citizens of the county; and planning activities in 2007 that will invite visitors from around the world to visit Fairfax County.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Citizen Planning Committee and has appointed residents to represent the diversity of communities and resources in the county, including the African American, Hispanic and Native American communities and representatives from Fort Belvoir, Wolf Trap, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Convention and Visitors Corporation.

The goal of the committee is to generate involvement of community groups to sponsor events, programs and projects during 2007 and then assist in publicizing these events throughout the community. In addition, county events that regularly take place, such as Celebrate Fairfax! and programs in the parks and libraries, will be tailored to reflect the Virginia 2007 anniversary theme.

For more information about the Fairfax County 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee or the history book, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/va2007. For more information about Jamestown 2007 and the Virginia 2007 program, visit www.jamestown2007.org.


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