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WETA Digital Extras

Digital ExtrasOnline-only WETA Digital Extras highlight the local personalities and stories which make Greater Washington a unique and interesting place to live. From local history to current happenings, these short segments seek to illustrate the breadth and depth of our area.

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WETA Digital Extras

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Little Saigon: Arlington's Vietnamese Community

For about 10 years following the fall of Saigon in April 1975, Arlington, Virginia, became a destination for Vietnamese immigrants fleeing communist rule. Attracted by the proximity to the nation's capital and the Pentagon, thousands of Vietnamese settled in the area and many opened shops and restaurants. Then, almost as quickly as it had developed, "Little Saigon," faded away.

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Luis Araya and family

From Bolivia to Arlington

Luis Araya immigrated to Arlington, Virginia from Bolivia in 1966, when very few Latinos lived in the county. He reflects on the changes he has seen over the years and the influence of Latinos in Arlington today.

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Cumberland Landing, Va group of contrabands at Foller's House. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)

Contraband Camps of Northern Virginia

During the Civil War, thousands of slaves made their way to Washington, D.C. As the city became overcrowded, the federal government created camps on abandoned secessionist lands in northern Virginia. There "contrabands" were paid to farm crops for the Union army and given access to education -- an important step in the transition from bondage to freedom.

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George Cassiday

George Cassiday: Bootlegger to Congress

Garrett Peck and Fred Cassiday profile George Cassiday, who worked as a bootlegger to Congress from 1920-1930. George Cassiday actually had an office in the House office building and supplied both "wet" and "dry" Congressmen before being arrested in 1930. Afterwards he wrote a tell-all expose for the Washington Post, which helped turn public opinion against the Dry cause.

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Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal

Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal

Sue Eisenfeld, author of Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal discusses the creation of Shenandoah National Park, which involved displacing thousands of longtime residents from Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains.

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Recreating Christian Heurich's Pre-Prohibition Lager

Recreating Christian Heurich's Pre-Prohibition Lager

Washington, D.C.'s Heurich Brewery has been gone for over 50 years and the beer recipes were lost. But that didn't stop Mike Stein, a local homebrewer, from attempting to recreate the brewery's historic brew. Thanks to his research and the help of the Heurich House Museum and DC Brau Brewing Company, Washingtonians can sample a historically accurate pre-Prohibition Lager.

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Garrett Peck

Model City of Prohibition?

Local author and historian Garrett Peck discusses Washington's history as "a drinking city" and the failed attempt by Temperance lobbyists to transform it into the Model Dry City of Prohibition.

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Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.

Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C." discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital. D.C.'s beer heritage dates back to 1770 and claims some very innovative brewers. However, the local beer market changed tremendously after Prohibition and the city was left without a hometown brew for decades before a recent resurgence.

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Capturing a Community: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project

Capturing a Community: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project

Over the past several decades, Arlington's Columbia Pike corridor has grown into one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the nation, which makes it a fascinating subject for study. But how do you capture the essence of a community? It's a big question and one that Lloyd Wolf and his collaborators on the Columbia Pike Documentary Project has been trying to answer since 2007.

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Cherrydale Fire Department

Arlington Fire Department: Decades of Serving the Community

The need for fire protection has been ever-present since the nation's founding. In Arlington, Virginia a network of neighborhood volunteer fire departments served this need for many years. In 1940, the county hired its first career fire fighters. In the years since, ACFD has distinguished itself through its service to the community and response to national and local emergencies.

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George Washington Memorial Parkway

Origins of the George Washington Memorial Parkway

While most people don't realize it, the George Washington Memorial Parkway is much more than a busy artery into Washington, D.C. The roadway is actually a national park and was built in the 1920s as part of the nation's celebration of President George Washington's 200th birthday.

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Joan Muholland participates in the Arlington sit ins in 1960.

Joan Muholland: Arlington's Homegrown Civil Rights Hero

By the time she was 23, Arlington's Joan Mulholland had participated in more than fifty sit-ins and protests. She was a Freedom Rider, a participant in the near riotous Jackson, Mississippi Woolworth Sit-in, and helped plan and organize the March on Washington in 1963. On a local level, she was part of the first Arlington sit-ins, which integrated lunch counters across northern Virginia.

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