Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tonight: The Cold War and Tenleytown

"The Cold War and Tenleytown" Speaker: Albert LaFrance

Date: Tuesday, February 15th (Snow date: Wednesday, February 16th)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place, NW

Metro: Red line/Tenleytown. Exit to west side of Wisconsin Avenue. Walk up Albemarle Street one block to 42nd Street. Turn right on 42nd Street and walk along 42nd Street, past St. Columba's Church to Butterworth Place. Turn left on Butterworth.

Amateur historian Albert LaFrance is a lifelong DC resident. He has studied the region's Cold War era national security and telecommunications infrastructure for over ten years, focusing on the special-purpose facilities and networks which supported the federal government's emergency relocation and operations programs, and the relationships established between federal agencies and telecommunications carriers.

If you are curious about the federal facility at Fort Reno, you will be interested in hearing about the third "water" tower: what it did, what it contained, who worked on it, and how it was linked to a far-flung network of secret installations in the DC region. Mr. LaFrance will also talk about the techniques used and the challenges faced in studying facilities of this type, in contrast with more traditional historical research.

RSVP to tenleytownhistoricalsociety @ yahoo.com.

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