Arlington Celebrates Its Naming Centennial



Arlington’s Naming Centennial Celebration & Sealing of Time Capsule

1920 — 2020, Looking Both Ways

On Friday, November 19, 2021, Arlington County Board, the County Manager, State Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly, and community leaders came together to reflect upon Arlington’s diverse history over the past century while looking towards the future. The celebration, which took place at the Lubber Run Community Center, featured several exhibitions from the Arlington Community Archives, the sealing of the time capsule,  a sampling of various art and historic artifacts on display, and celebratory baked goods! The time capsule sealing ceremony as well as a list of all the items found in the time capsule can be found below.

Watch the Naming Centennial Celebration 

Time Capsule Contents

100 Years Ago: Call to Rename Alexandria County “Arlington”

When would-be spectators missed an Alexandria County parade by showing up in the City of Alexandria, the Civic Federation began advocating for a change of name.

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A Peek at the Census: Celebrating Arlington Then and Now (1920-2020)

View the data, stories and more. If you have updates, please send them to 


Who lived in Arlington?

How many people lived in Arlington in 1920? Find out the answer — and more about what happened 100 years ago, on January 16, 1920.


Story Map

The Arlington Historical Society has unveiled an interactive StoryMap showcasing Arlington homes, schools, churches, government, stores & transportation in 1920.

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Center for Local History

The Center for Local's Arlington, VA: A Brief History is beautiful visual story of Arlington--from origins to today. Learn more.

Additionally, conveniently browse thousands of historic County materials online, or take a trip in person to our research room located at the Center for Local History.

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Library Exhibit Pays Tribute to Women in Arlington

This and other events throughout the year commemorate Arlington County’s 100th anniversary and the 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment.