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Tuesday, July 21 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Echoes of Little Saigon: Preserving Vietnamese Cultural Heritage in Arlington’s Clarendon Neighborhood

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This session will describe how Arlington County’s Historic Preservation program collaborated with Virginia Tech's Urban Affairs and Planning program to launch the “Echoes of Little Saigon” project. This multi-faceted initiative combines oral history interviews, photographs, a community outreach event and a public art piece to commemorate the history of Vietnamese immigrants who came to Arlington after the Fall of Saigon. Although today there are few visible reminders of the once bustling “Little Saigon” commercial center in what is now the popular Clarendon neighborhood, this project seeks to raise community awareness about Arlington’s cultural history and develop innovative commemorative vehicles such as a virtual walking tour, temporary public art and a non-traditional historic marker.

Attendees will learn about research techniques and communication strategies employed in the project; lessons learned in working with diverse communities; and new forms of historic interpretation. They will also view portions of a documentary combining oral histories and photographs, now incorporated into a website and smart phone tour.

Attendees will also hear about ways that Arlington County is planning to integrate diversity concerns into its local preservation program, along with a few examples of other local preservation initiatives across the county designed to foster and promote diversity.

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Cynthia Liccese-Torres

Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, Arlington County Government
I have worked for Arlington County Government since 2001, first as a preservation planner and now as the Program Coordinator since 2013. I love Arlington's historic architecture, including its wonderful collection of mail-order kit houses, beautiful garden apartment complexes, and cool pre-fab Lustron Homes. I am also passionate about telling the unique cultural stories of Arlington's residents, both past and present.
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Elizabeth Morton, Ph.D

Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech Urban Affairs and Planning
Elizabeth Morton is a Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech's Urban Affairs and Planning Program in the National Capital Region. Her interests include urban design, historic preservation, downtown revitalization, public art and commemoration. | | Dr. Morton has worked for a variety of arts and preservation organizations in the US, and as a consultant in planning and design has conducted studies for institutions such as the World Bank... Read More →
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Judd Ullom

Graduate Student, Virginia Tech
Recently graduated from Virginia Tech's Master's of Urban and Regional Planning program. Interested in historic preservation and economic development.

Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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