Alexandria Legacies was developed through the City of Alexandria’s Office of Historic Alexandria in the early 1980s. T. Michael Miller, Research Historian for the Office of Historic Alexandria saw the connection of oral and written history, and was instrumental in conducting numerous taped interviews with long-time residents and promoting the concept.
Oral Histories are indexed by name, neighborhood and subject. The indexed names lead to a short summary; from there you can click on the name to read the transcriptions in PDF format.
Born in Washington, D.C., Unalane Ablondi moved to Alexandria, Va., from Edgewater, Md., when she was fourteen years old, during World War II. She describes what Alexandria was like during the 1940s, when there were corner grocery stores and few restaurants. She talks about her classmates and activities at George Washington High School and her interest in dramatics. She also talks about her mother, Una Franklin Carter, a journalist with the Northern Virginia Sun and the Old Town Crier. Mrs. Ablondi moved back to Alexandria with her husband and children in the 1970s and was one of the first docents for the restored Carlisle House. She describes how Alexandria changed between the 1940s and the 1970s and how it continues to change now.
Mollie Abraham, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, came to Alexandria as a young woman and worked with her husband, Meyer. She raised three children here and was active in the schools, her synagogue, the Alexandria Breast Cancer Walk, and the Civic Association. As a Living Legend of Alexandria for 2011, she talks about why she became active in community affairs and how Alexandria has changed over the years.
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