The Prince William Historic Preservation Division, the Prince William Historic Commission and Historic Prince William are looking to scholars, teachers, researchers, historians and history buffs to contribute to the “Journal of Prince William County History.” Any topic related to local history is fair game, including biographies and events, as well as histories of institutions or businesses.

“We’re going to be focusing on the general history of Prince William County. This is not just a Civil War or a Colonial publication. We’ll be focusing on everything from the Colonial era all the way up to the 20th century,”  said Bill Backus, with the county’s Historic Preservation Division, explaining that the journal will go beyond well-known history. “We want people to have the chance to appreciate the rich history that we have here in our community,”

Submitted papers will go before a panel to determine whether they will be included in the journal, which will be a small booklet with about five papers. “We’ll be trying to make sure that each issue takes a more holistic view of Prince William County, featuring papers that explore historic individuals, events and places,” said Backus. “We don’t want to have five Civil War articles. We’re planning to do this as an annual publication, so if something is not chosen for this year’s, it might be rolled into next year’s journal.”

Publication of the journal is set for March 2019 to coincide with the March 25, 1731 founding of Prince William County.

The papers should be written in the “Chicago Manual of Style” and include endnotes with notation in the traditional historic form. The total length should be 5,000-7,000 words. Email the papers as a Microsoft Word attachment to Backus at The deadline is Dec. 1, 2018.


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