September 2018 - The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC)
Start your historical journey here. RELIC's email newsletter highlights upcoming free events and happenings. Genealogy and local Virginia history are our specialty as a service provided by the Prince William Public Library. We're located at Bull Run Regional Library and you can always find more about us at www.pwcgov.org/relic.

A reminder - Bull Run Regional Library and RELIC will be closed to the public from September 1 - 21 while renovations are taking place. RELIC staff will be able to respond to questions by email at [email protected] during that time.
Discuss the challenges of your family research in a group environment and get tips for new approaches. Moderated by RELIC's Don Wilson.

Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected].
Ruffner School in Manassas
Ruffner School in Manassas

Although youth in Prince William County have been learning from tutors or at "field schools" since the colonial period, free public education became a reality only in 1869. That year, six school districts were established, and a county superintendent was elected. Soon after, elementary one-room schools were built around the county, then consolidated and enlarged in the 20th century. They were entirely segregated until the 1960s. Secondary schools appeared during the 1890s, including the Manassas Industrial School, our first secondary school for African-Americans.

Here is a selection of titles on Prince William education, all available in RELIC. See our online catalog for other locations. For additional items, search the catalog for keywords PRINCE WILLIAM SCHOOLS.
RELIC has a collection of Self Study Reports done for individual Prince William County schools during the 1970s and 1980s. We also have a large collection of high school and middle school yearbooks, most published since the 1970s, but some as early as 1932 (Brentsville District High School). Some of these items are stored offsite. Check our catalog to determine the location of individual titles and please call ahead at 703-792-4540 to see how they can be retrieved. Most of our high school yearbooks are being digitized for online access; we will provide an update on that later.
Learn how to locate death, funeral, and burial records, and what information they can add to your family history.  Presented by genealogist Russell De Rose.  

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected].

Historian Charlie Grymes presents the story of how local governments in Northern Virginia responded to the demand for safe drinking water for the growing population of our region.

To read the latest lists of new materials available, please click on What's New in RELIC.

Unless otherwise stated, all of the preceding programs will take place at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, Virginia. Programs may last from 60 to 90 minutes. You may register for any of these free programs at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]   

You may also register online by clicking here and selecting the program date. Funding for selected RELIC programs is provided by the Friends of Bull Run Library.* To be notified of upcoming library programs and activities, you may sign up for the PWPLS newsletter.
[email protected] or 703.792.8150
questions and comments are always welcomed
Prince William Public Library System, 13083 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William, VA 22192