Articles by: Barbara Cram

Guest Commentary: FamilySearch & the Freedmen’s Bureau Project

June 2, 2016 2:20 PM0 comments

Falls Church citizen Paul Allen, founder of, recalled “As a boy, I watched ‘Roots’ on TV and was moved by that story. Alex Haley powerfully captured in his stories what he called the ‘hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage. We started with the hope that every person in […]

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Guest Commentary: Watch Night Celebration is Uniquely Falls Church

December 30, 2015 11:29 AM0 comments

I often hear the question of why is it called “Watch Night” and not “First Night” or something else. A quote some years ago from former citizen activist, Dave Eckert explains much about the why “Watch Night.” In 1998, when Barb Cram and I were on the City’s Tricentennial Commission […]

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Guest Commentary: And Another Thing That Makes F.C. Different

January 1, 2015 12:10 PM0 comments

Who is responsible for events in the City? Most of the City-wide events are sponsored by the City and run by the City Department of Recreation and Parks – for instance, Memorial Day Festival and Parade, Fourth of July Fireworks, Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church, Farm Day, Easter […]

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Falls Church Participates in Regional ‘Day to Serve’

September 11, 2014 1:58 PM2 comments

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Governors of Maryland, West Virginia and the Mayor of DC have declared today through Sept. 28 as days of service as part of the region’s Day to Serve program. Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter voiced his support for the Day to Serve program […]

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Guest Commentary: All Holiday Traditions Have a Beginning

November 28, 2013 10:15 AM0 comments

November and December are special – bringing many traditions and cultures together to celebrate these holidays. Traditions all have a beginning at some point and are accepted and continued for generations.

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Guest Commentary: Presenting a Recipe for Fun in The Little City

December 6, 2012 11:11 AM0 comments

As we all know recipes are something we like to tinker with – even the old standards are still popular in our families. Well just like a favorite family recipe, our town has come up with a recipe all its own for fun which also includes food! Here’s the recipe […]

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