Ruthie Cooney

Ruthie Cooney is a native Virginian who recently made her way back to the D.C. area after a thirteen-year stint in Texas and Colorado, during which she accidentally graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. Armed with a passion for storytelling, Ruthie was delighted to find Boundary Stones and learn of WETA’s commitment to reviving the history of Washington, Virginia, and Maryland. She cites her deep affection for Remember the Titans as the source of her interest in local history!

Posts by Ruthie Cooney

The Phantoms of North Fairfax Street

When the Alexandria Gazette published "Fatal and Melancholy Affiar" on June 29, 1868, they probably didn't anticipate that their article would become the basis for one of Alexandria, Virginia's most infamous ghost stories. Maybe you've heard of the Bride of Old Town, or perhaps the name "Laura Schafer" rings a bell, but what's the full story? What are the facts behind the folklore? What really happened to the woman who supposedly burned to death on the night before her wedding day? What about her groom? And what if she never left Old Town?

Washington Confronts the AIDS Crisis

March participants view the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall on October 11, 1987. (Photograph courtesy of The NAMES Project.)

On October 11, 1987, Washingtonians woke up to an elaborate quilt blanketing the National Mall, with 1,920 panels stitching together the memory of thousands of individuals who had succumbed to the AIDS epidemic in America. The AIDS Memorial Quilt helped push the disease into mainstream America's consciousness. But for Washington's gay community, the battle against AIDS had been raging for almost a decade.