Commonwealth of Virginia to Celebrate 400th Anniversary

Posted: October 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In 2007, the Commonwealth of Virginia will celebrate its 400th anniversary with events, national and international programs and other activities designed to inspire new economic development and renewed historical awareness of Virginia as the birthplace of modern America and the cradle of American democracy.

As part of the celebration, the Fairfax County 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee has announced plans to publish a book as a legacy project for county residents. The book will feature vignettes, anecdotal articles and essays that highlight the history of Fairfax County since the founding of Jamestown in 1607.

The committee is seeking original, nonpublished, history-related items for publication in the book. Each contribution – written, photographic or other – must be the sole property of the person submitting it, or it must be shown that the owner has given permission for its use.

This is a volunteer project with no payments for any submission. The publication will contain a minimum of four vignettes, anecdotal articles or essays from each of the last four centuries, 1607-2007, for a total of at least 16 selections. Writers may submit articles or photographs about events, personalities, geographical features, localities or any subject that has had historical significance within today’s Fairfax County geographical boundaries.

A committee of historians from the county, area educational facilities and the Fairfax County Library will evaluate the work submitted. The selected articles will be published in a softbound volume to be distributed to libraries, historical sites and schools within the county. The publication will also be available for sale at sites throughout the county. Articles or photographs not included in the volume will be filed in the unpublished manuscript file at the Virginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library.

The deadline for submission is June 1, 2006. The volume will be available in early 2007.

Written submissions should contain no more than 2,500 words, not including footnotes, and should be double-spaced in 12-point type with one-inch margins on white 8 ½” x 11” bond paper.

When submitting photographs, place a label on the back of the photograph with a description of the photograph, your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Do not write on the back of the photograph. Original photographs should not be submitted since they will not be returned.

All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form available online.

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