2007 Legacy 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

July 14, 2006

Make Your Mark on History: Submit an Entry for the 2007 Legacy Book Sept. 1 Deadline for Entries 

Do you have a great story, photograph or anecdote about Fairfax County’s history?  The Fairfax County 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee is accepting entries for its legacy book celebrating 400 years of Fairfax County history. The deadline is Sept. 1.

The historical anthology is part of the larger Virginia 2007 Community Program to commemorate 400 years of Virginia history. The book will feature vignettes, anecdotal articles, photographs 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 Countyfeels about its rich and diverse history.

The publication will contain a minimum of four vignettes, anecdotal articles or essays from each of the last four centuries, from 1607 to 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 historical significance within the geographical boundaries of Fairfax County today.

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 Articles or photographs not included in the volume will be filed in the unpublished manuscript file at the Virginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library.

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 Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.  Entries must be submitted by Sept. 1. 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 County’s 2007 Commemoration

Fairfax County’s Virginia 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee promotes and publicizes events taking place in the county that commemorate Jamestown’s 400th anniversary. Appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the committee represents the diversity of communities and resources in the county, including the African-American, Hispanic and American Indian communities and representatives from Fort Belvoir, Wolf Trap, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Corporation.

As an official Virginia 2007 Community, Fairfax County is participating in next year’s statewide celebrations commemorating the founding of Jamestown.  Settled in 1607, Jamestown was America’s first permanent English settlement and is, in essence, our nation’s birthplace.

To celebrate the county’s role in the birth of our nation, the committee will publish an anthology of county history during the past 400 years. To learn more about this project or submit an entry, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/va2007.

For more information about the committee, contact the Fairfax County 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.americas400thanniversary.org or www.jamestown2007.org

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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