From YouTube: Arlington's Young Leaders: Allison Finkelstein
Dr. Allison Finkelstein discusses her leadership role in various capacities in Arlington County Virginia.
I wanted to bring my expertise in World War one to the county, because in the years after World War one especially in the 1920s and the 1930s commemorations really took place at a local level, there were national commemorations. There were places like Arlington, National Cemetery, located here in Arlington, but a lot of the work was actually done by communities and cities and towns across the country. So I saw this as an opportunity to take part in a grassroots commemoration, effort that built on the legacy of what Arlington ian's did in the 1920s and the 1930s.
So really it gives me an opportunity, as somebody who studies World, War one commemoration to actually take part in events that I study as a historian. There have been a lot of personal benefits for being part of the task force. First, it has been wonderful to work with the different members of the task force.
They all come from different groups around the county, so I've really been able to learn about all of the activity in all of the great people that are living here in Arlington, but I've also been able to get a different perspective on how to be a historian in the public sphere. How do you take scholarship and how do you make that accessible to the public and how do you apply it to community and to a local civic government if you're interested in getting involved in local government go online?
Look at the Arlington County's website and I pretty much guarantee. You'll find some group that is related to your interest and they will be very happy to have helped our neighbors are extremely smart. They have a lot of different skills. They bring together so many different interests and backgrounds that things were doing on a local level or very much of a professional quality. And that really impresses me, and it makes me feel very humbled and really fortunate to work with all of the people, especially on the task force.