Murray-Dick-Fawcett House in Alexandria

May 2 Historic Preservation Month House Tour and Happy Hour

The Murray-Dick-Fawcett House, 517 Prince St.

5-7 p.m.

$10 per person donation, cash bar

Tour the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House at 517 Prince Street to kick off Historic Preservation Month in Alexandria. House tour and reception in the garden. Tickets available here.

Fall 2019 Preservation Courses Announced

Join us this upcoming Fall 2019 semester for two of our most popular courses:

History 180 – Historic Archaeology, taught by Professor Bertsch.  For the first time ever, we’re offering this archaeology class at the Alexandria Campus on Tuesday nights (7:00pm to 9:40pm) to learn more about local archaeology, architectural elements and historical research methods in the classroom and on local site visits.

History 183 – Survey of Museum Practice, taught by Professor Dluger, on Wednesday nights (7:00pm to 9:40pm) at our Loudoun Campus.  You’ll study the practical details of how museums operate and their evolution from the 20th century into today’s rapidly changing world.  We’ll cover such topics as the organizational structure of a museum, exhibition design and planning, interpretation, inclusion, and collection care and management.

Each of these classes are part of our Public History and Historic Preservation Certificate program, but you do not need to be enrolled in the program to take advantage of these wonderful course offerings.  Join us on Tuesdays or Wednesdays nights (or even both nights!) as we explore the practical, hands-on approach to history and step beyond the traditional academic box.

Returning NVCC students can register now; on 1 May anyone can register.

Question? Please contact Professor Dluger,


Archaeology/Museum Technician Job Posting – Alexandria Archaeology

City of Alexandria/Alexandria Archaeology is hiring a part-time archaeologist to assist with the administration of the Archaeological Protection Code. Position is 20 hours/week with benefits. Come join our team! Please share with interested students and colleagues. Position closes March 27, 2019. For additional information and application, visit:

Thanks, Alexandria Archaeology

Prince William Preservation Announces Historic Preservation Wedding Expo on March 16

The Historic Preservation Wedding Expo is a week away! Meet representatives from Bergerons, BluSage Catering, Ron Bailey Photography, Sammy’s Rentals, Statements The Salon, Edibles Incredible! Desserts, Calling Card Events, Fleet Transportation Services, Sugar Rim Bar, PHP Agency, Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee, RE/MAX, First Savings Mortgage, Popped Republic, Hampton Inn Manassas, and more!

Food samples and take-away gifts!

Saturday, March 16, from 10 am to 2 pm. $5 advanced admission, $10 at the door. Register at 703-499-9812 or email

International Women’s Day at Lake Anne Plaza, Reston

Join us on Friday, March 8th for International Women’s Day as we raise awareness and celebrate the achievement of the women who have made the iconic Lake Anne Plaza what it is today. An appropriate location for such a day given 75% of all businesses on the plaza are owned and operated by women. Friday evening, come to learn and share at the kick-off reception at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609 Washington Plaza). Hear first-hand from past and present female leaders in the community about personal experiences as business owners, stories of Lake Anne and visions for years ahead.

Complimentary to the conversation, enjoy the photography exhibit by local photographer, Charlotte Geary along with vintage photos from the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. Light fare and refreshments provided. Donations from the sale of limited edition Commemorate Posters will benefit Shelter House, a community based non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

Continue the celebration through Sunday with shop and eatery special promotions and a variety of music performances, art exhibitions, book signings and more. The 1st Annual International Women’s Day Celebration at Lake Anne is provided by the Lake Anne Merchants and Professionals Committee.

What: 1st Annual International Women’s Day Celebration
When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Where: Lake Anne Plaza, Reston Community Center, Jo Ann Rose Gallery – 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. – Gallery Reception
8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion and Q&A
Cost: Free
Weather: Rain or Shine
Social: Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @lakeanneplaza #LifeOnLakeAnne, #Reston, #LiveLocal, #balanceforbetter #FreeParking, #Plaza

About Lake Anne Plaza
Lake Anne Plaza is the historic “heart and soul” of Reston, Virginia and the center of local living in our community. Reminiscent of a European coastal village where people live, work and play, this spectacular community nestled around a lake, is one of the few places in Northern Virginia where you can dine or shop at independently owned establishments. From our fine restaurants to unique boutiques to the seasonal official Reston Farmer’s Market, Lake Anne Plaza embodies the best of living local.
A destination spot for residents and visitors alike, Lake Anne prides itself on being internationally recognized as one of the finest examples of the modern planned community. Lake Anne architecture has graced the cover of dozens of national and international magazines.

Summer 2019 Internship Opportunity at the USCIS History Office and Library

I am writing today to tell you about a Summer 2019 student internship opportunity in our office. I would greatly appreciate if you could please share the following announcement, found here, with the undergraduate and graduate students in your department. In addition to history majors, we are especially interested in candidates with a background or interest in library science, museum studies, and archives. Student Interns will assist the History Office and Library staff in providing well-researched responses to reference requests, performing primary source research both in the library’s collection and at the National Archives, and developing content for the USCIS History website, among other things. I have also included the text of the announcement below. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the internship.

Our website:

Please note that the deadline for our Summer 2019 internship is Monday, February 04, 2019. Thank you for your assistance.


Allison S. Finkelstein, Ph.D.


U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services History Office and Library


Office Tel – 202-272-9370


Internship Announcement: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) History Office and Library Internship Program


The USCIS History Office and Library preserves and promotes understanding of USCIS history and the histories of its predecessor agencies and programs. Student Interns will assist the History Office and Library staff in providing well-researched responses to reference requests, performing primary source research both in the library’s collection and at the National Archives, and developing content for the USCIS History website.

Program Length

At least 120 hours in a single semester period.

Location: Washington, D. C.

Salary: Unpaid

Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered you must:

·         Be a U.S. citizen

·         Be age 16 or older

·         Be able to obtain and hold a security clearance  and  drug screening test

·         Be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled at least half-time at a college, university, or other accredited educational institution

·         Preference is given to scholars currently enrolled in graduate-level programs related to public history, history, museum studies or archival studies and upper level undergraduate students majoring in history or related fields requiring strong research and writing skills. Students must be in good academic standing with their institution 

Application Deadline: February 4

Application Requirements and How to Apply:  Download Application (PDF, 39 KB)

To apply, students must submit a resume, cover letter, an unofficial copy of their transcripts and a completed application form to cishistory.library@uscis.dhs.govOnly  applications submitted by email will be considered. 

Program Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to:

·         Enhance and build upon current educational or professional experiences and/or expertise related to historical research and the development of historical publications and online exhibits

·         Apply academic learning to real-world projects and assignments

·         Develop workplace skills and acquire specific experience needed to pursue professional goals

·         Explore the federal work environment and learn about the history, mission, and responsibilities of USCIS 

Scholar Responsibilities

Students should accomplish the following during their Internships:

·         Contribute substantially to research projects related to the history of USCIS, its predecessor agencies, or federal immigration and naturalization policies in general.

·         Perform original research in USCIS and legacy agency records located at the National Archives

·         Propose and develop content suitable for the USCIS History Office website

·         Become knowledgeable of USCIS’s history and mission

·         All materials produced by Student Interns while working at USCIS become the property of USCIS and will be maintained by the USCIS History Office and Library. 

Salary and Benefits

·         Student Interns are unpaid and not entitled to benefits through the federal government as they are not federal employees.

·         Unpaid Student Interns are protected in the event of job related injuries under the Federal Torts Reform Act.

·         Relocation expenses and recruitment incentives are not paid for Student Interns.