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Thursday, October 11 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Secret History of A Modern Suburb

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In writing any history, authors depend on primary and secondary sources to provide the basic facts surrounding people, events and places from the past. Yet, these sources offer far more than just facts. They can enrich any history by bringing forth the voices of participants found in diaries, letters, photographs, newsletters, newspaper articles, and other archival materials. The author of Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb: Of Our Own Making, Patricia Donahue, teams up with the directors of two archive collections, Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, and Lynn Eaton, Director of the George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center, to discuss Donahue’s work in the archives. The directors will talk about how that material came to their repository, and the importance of archives in documenting current culture for future researchers and writers. 

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Patricia Farrell Donahue

Patricia Farrell Donahue received her M.A. in public policy from Georgetown University and Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University. She is the 2014 Recipient of Mason’s Joseph L. Fisher Award for Best Dissertation and Academic Achievement. As a senior policy analyst... Read More →
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Lynn Eaton

Lynn Eaton is the Director of George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center. She has worked in academic special collections libraries for over 20 years, focusing on digital projects and outreach to increase use of primary source materials. She holds a Master’s... Read More →
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Laura Wickstead

Laura S. Wickstead has worked in special research collections within public libraries for 19 years, providing reference service to genealogists and researchers of every age and interest. She holds a master’s degree in library science and is a graduate of the Modern Archives Institute... Read More →