Share Your Story with the Historic Alexandria Oral History Program

If you currently live, work, or volunteer with the City of Alexandria, or have done so in the past, you can participate. We are interested in hearing your story.

We are currently conducting interviews virtually.  We regret that we cannot interview everyone who might be interested. We strive to select stories that are representative of different segments of the community.

Interested in reading our oral histories? Visit Oral History: The Alexandria Legacies Program

 
Topics
The oral history interviews have covered the following topics. If there is a topic you are interested in that is not listed, please describe it in your response.
 
  • Alexandria Legacies: Stories about Alexandria neighborhoods, business, schools, civil rights, activism, and historic preservation.
  • Chronicling the Pandemic: Share your stories about living or working in Alexandria during the Covid-19 crisis. How have you helped others or been helped?
  • Community Organizations: Volunteers and volunteer organizations help make Alexandria a thriving community. We are interested in learning about the many different organizations that have made contributions to Alexandria.
  • Education in Alexandria: Were you a student in City Of Alexandria public or private school? Were you active in desegregating Alexandria’s schools? Are you or were you a teacher in public or private schools in Alexandria? Based on your experiences, how have schools in Alexandria changed.
  • Immigrant Alexandria: Stories of Immigrants who live, work, or study in Alexandria.
  • The Legacy of George Floyd: Peaceful vigils, protests and other events took place in Alexandria during the first week in June, following the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. Recognizing the importance of this moment in history, we are interested in personal stories about local vigils, protests, and activism.  
  • Veterans: Veterans from all decades are welcome to share their stories and their connections to Alexandria. Another focus of this project is how the idea of service has influenced veterans giving back to their community.  
  • Family Ties – Remembering World War I and World War II: Share your family stories of life on the home front as well as military and defense experiences of family members.
  • Torpedo Factory: People who worked in the Torpedo Factory during World War II or people who were involved in creating the modern day Torpedo Factory Art Center, as well as artists who have or had studios, or whose work is or has been exhibited in the TFAC.
  • Working in Alexandria: The life and work experiences of City of Alexandria employees, and people who own or work for a business in Alexandria.

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* 1. We are interested in interviewing people who have a connection with the City of Alexandria. (Note, that some Alexandria mailing addresses are in Fairfax County.)

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* 2. I am providing information for someone else who lives, works, or volunteers in Alexandria who would be a good candidate to be interviewed. We have discussed this project, and they have expressed a willingness to participate. (Historic Alexandria will share your name with the person who's information you are providing).

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* 3. Your Contact Information

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* 4. Contact Information for person you think would be a good candidate to be interviewed.

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* 5. Preferred method of contact:

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* 6. What is the best time to reach you?

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* 7. Which topic would you like to discuss in your oral history interview?

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* 8. Please tell us a little about your story. What would you to share during your interview?

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