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Executive Director
Geraldine Mills
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2017-2018 Officers

President
Steve Barnes

1st Vice President
TBA

2nd Vice President
Bear (Stephen) Lunce

Secretary
Jessica Lunce

Treasurer
Wanda Marshall
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Board  Members
Larry Barcroft
Mayling Barcroft
Steve Barnes
Nancy Bennett
Pam Carr
Anita Garmon
Deb Gardner
Gregg Hammond
Sue Hammond
Floreen Henry
Levine Horton
Bear (Stephen) Lunce
Jessica Lunce
Wanda Marshall
Martha May Martin
Geraldine Mills
Jeanie Mills
David Nation
Claudia Perkins
Bob Sherwood
Becky Tucker
Jack Watkins
Jannette Workman

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Open gate at Arlington Historical Cemeteries    Memorial marker for Alex Childs    Main Entry to the historic cemeteris in Arlington, Texas

"Preserve the Historic Cemeteries on Arkansas Lane!"

The Historic Cemeteries on Arkansas Lane, located in the 600 block of West Arkansas between Matlock and South Center Street, are actually three separate cemeteries that were established independently, but are now combined into one single cemetery that serves as a monument to the history of Arlington, with earliest known burials in the 1850s. The eastern portion of the area was originally named Mill Branch Cemetery, and included the Eli Ford family and members of the M.T. Johnson family. This cemetery is the resting place of Colonel Middleton Tate Johnson, the father of Tarrant County. At his death in 1866, Col. Johnson was buried in the State Cemetery in Austin, but in 1870 his family moved his body to the family plot in Arlington. In 1936, the State of Texas marked his grave site with a Centennial Marker. In the 1950’s, family members petitioned the court to officially name this small section the M.T. Johnson Family Cemetery. This cemetery was also the only place in Arlington where black residents could be buried from 1900 to the 1950s. Most of these graves are located on the western section with the earliest known burial being in 1916.

We have big plans for the cemeteries with improved fencing, security, gravestone restoration, and an interactive tour. We’ve broken the project into three phases, each with projected costs. Our partners have committed to this project’s success, and greatly reduced our fundraising goals, but even with our partners, this project won’t be possible without your help! In all, we need $60,000 for its completion. Please click here for more information and details how you can provide support.

Founded in 1887

The Arlington Historical Society was originally called the Cemetery Society when founded in 1887 by members dedicated to gathering and preserving historical information and items relating to the founding and growth of the city.  Dedicated residents by birth or by choice continue to join the society understanding how important the past is in relationship to the present.   Whether an old timer or a newcomer we invite you to become a part of our family who work tirelessly to save, restore and preserve Arlington's historical treasures. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE LATEST HISTORICAL SOCIETY BROCHURE

Supporting Membership
Becoming a supporting member of the Arlington Historical Society is easy and affordable. Supporting memberships are an important part of the financial and volunteer support needed to help preserve and present Arlington's rich history. We depend almost entirely on volunteers to help with the many planned activities, such as the Front Street Festival each fall and a variety of exhibits and work in the office throughout the year. There is room for everyone from every generation to contribute in time, talent or technical expertise

For more information simply call 817-460-4001 and ask for Geraldine Mills. Or you can CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE COPY OF AN APPLICATION FOR SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP, which you can mail to us at the Historic Fielder House. We've got room to widen the circle, so make a new friend of your neighbors and join the Arlington Historical Society today!

Corporate & Business Sponsorship
The Arlington Historical Society graciously welcomes and covets our Corporate and Business Sponsors both locally, regionally, state and nationwide.   We cannot grow without the support of those inclined to value and fund historical preservation efforts.    The AHS is presently in need of continuing Corporate and Business Sponsorships for the expansion of popular exhibits into permanent homes or businesses in the downtown Arlington area. 

There are several levels of annual sponsorship in addition to grant funded donations or awards as we are a 501 (c) (3) qualified nonprofit organization.   For more information e-mail Geraldine Mills fielderh@swbell.net or call 817-460-4001 and partner with us to preserve, protect and exhibit the diverse and rich history of Arlington.