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State officials help Belmont Elementary School in Woodbridge mark 50 years

Belmont Elementary in Woodbridge celebrated its School of Excellence award and its 50th Anniversary at the same time. Special guests at the event included State Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni; State Senator Scott Surovell; Interim School Board Chairman Babur B. Lateef, M.D.; School Board Member, Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville); and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Walts.

Free Family History “University” and activities for children April 28 at Gainesville church

A free Family History "University" will be held on Saturday, on April 28, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Glenkirk chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14015 Glenkirk Road, Gainesville 20155.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Beloved Community” conversations at 12 Virginia locations

In 2018, fifty years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission will remember his legacy and his influence in Virginia in a series of 12 Community Conversations held in each of the locations across the state that Dr. King visited.

Learn about the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom at Leesylvania State Park

The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom at Leesylvania State Park will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February. The property that became Leesylvania State Park had a part to play with the flight of two runaway slaves, as well as a slave who escaped captivity in 1848.

Black history programs Feb. 17, Feb. 24 at Chinn Park and Potomac libraries

Black History Month programs at the libraries will feature a puppet show, stories from black history and black authors and Freedom Quilt squares.

Experience history! Spend the night of Feb. 23 at Ben Lomond historic site’s slave quarters

On Feb. 23, visitors can actually spend the night in the slave quarters on site. Historians and interpreters will be there to help people learn about the life of those who were living and working at Ben Lomond.

Frederick Douglass has ties to Prince William; learn how on Feb. 10 at Lucasville School

In 1894, Frederick Douglass gave a speech in the area. Those who go to the Lucasville School near the fairgrounds in Manasas on Feb. 10 will have the opportunity to hear that speech and learn more about the life of Douglass.

We all have a story to tell: Stonewall Jackson students first in area to join Origin Project

Everyone has a story to tell – the story of who they are and where they come from. The “Origin Project” historically tells student stories of the Appalachian Region of Southwestern Virginia. For the first time ever, this project has expanded outside of Appalachia, to include a group of students at Stonewall Jackson High School (SJHS).

Important piece of PW County history from 1902 could be restored with your vote

Prince William County's Department of Historic Preservation reports that it submitted the "1902 Brentsville Colored and White Poll Books" to the Virginia Association of Museums Top 10 Most Endangered Artifacts list, "to bring awareness to these unique and important pieces of history." The poll books were selected as part of the Top 10. There will be public voting for up to $5,000 in funds that would go to preserve the 116-year-old books. Voting is Jan. 15-24 at

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