"Fairfax Stories 1607-2007" on Sale


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov

June 26, 2007

 Got History? “Fairfax Stories 1607-2007” on Sale Now

Virginia 2007 Committee’s Book Commemorates 400 Years of History

Got history? Fairfax County has 400 years of fascinating characters, stories, pictures and history — some of which are now published in a new book, “Fairfax Stories 1607-2007.” Just in time for summer reading, the $10 soft-cover book offers everything from spies to ghosts to politics. It can be bought in-person or by phone through the county’s Maps and Publications Center, Suite 156, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 703-324-2974, TTY 711. Shipping and handling will be charged for books delivered by mail.

“Fairfax Stories” was published by the county’s Virginia 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee. The group initiated this project to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

Inside its 260 pages, readers can learn about a suspected confederate spy; a ghost at Keene Mill School; the migration of Filipino Americans; homeland security Cold War style; and more. Excerpts can be read at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/va2007.

Last year, county residents were invited to submit original essays, stories and photos for consideration by the judging panel, which consisted of members of the committee, county historians, educators and librarians. The anthology features more than 30 essays, covering 400 years of history from 1607 to 2007.

The committee is also printing a hardcover edition late this summer.

The planning committee encourages, promotes and publicizes events taking place in the county that commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. A listing of 2007 commemorative events taking place in Fairfax County can be found online at www.fxva.com.

Appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the committee represents the diversity of communities and resources in the county, including the African-American, American-Indian, Asian-American and Hispanic communities and representatives from Fort Belvoir, Wolf Trap, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Corporation and a number of countywide organizations and interests.

For more information about “Fairfax Stories” or Fairfax County’s 2007 program, 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.americas400thanniversary.org.

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