1920 to 2020: From horseback rides to today’s rentable e-scooters, our transportation modes have generated fascinating tales and adventures. Author, historian and columnist Charlie Clark will look back with nostalgia at the changes and impact on our citizenry’s lifestyles brought over the decades by the arrival of the railroad, trolley, automobile, buses, Metro, bike paths and vehicle sharing. He will also discuss Route 66 and highway engineering. Added bonus discussion: the Columbia Pike streetcar that never was.

Charlie Clark, for four decades a Washington-area journalist, has written the weekly “Our Man in Arlington” column since 2010. In 2019, he retired as senior correspondent for Government Executive Media Group. His book “Arlington County Chronicles” was published by The History Press in 2014; his “Hidden History of Arlington County” in 2018. His coming biography of George Washington Parke Custis will be published in 2021 by McFarland Books. He has been a writer and editor for The Washington Post, National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, Time-Life Books, National Journal, Tax Analysts and education groups. He has spent two-thirds of his life in Arlington (with a hiatus for college and a taste of Alexandria).

Advance registration is not required, and this free event is open to all. You may be prompted to enter your name and email address before being admitted to the webinar.

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Or dial in by phone (for audio only): 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 842 6805 2749

This program is presented in partnership with Encore Learning. Encore Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2002. They offer a wide variety of college-level noncredit courses, clubs, special events and activities to help meet the continuing educational and social interests of anyone over age 50, regardless of residence location.

Monday, December 14, 2020
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Good for Adults Age 55+
Local History
Arlington Public Library

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