Michael Lee Pope, local aurhor (courtesy photo)

Hidden History of Alexandria, DC

Michael  Lee Pope
Thursday, Jan. 3, 7:00 p.m., $15
Reporter Michael Pope of Virginia Public Radio returns to the Athenaeum to discuss pre-Civil War Alexandria.  H is groundbreaking history uncovers a long-forgotten period of the 19th century when Alexandria was part of the fledgling District of Columbia. It was an experiment that failed after half a century of neglect and a growing animosity between North and South. However, it was a fascinating time when cannons were dragged onto city streets for political rallies, candidates plied their voters with liquor and devastating fires ravaged the city.

The African-American Experience During the Civil War   
Audrey Davis (courtesy photo)

The African-American Experience During the Civil War

Audrey Davis
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m., $15
In celebration of Black History Month, Audrey Davis, the Executive Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, will lead a fascinating conversation on the African-American experience during the Civil War.  The lives of Contrabands in occupied Alexandria, how they worked, survived and succeeded in moving towards freedom will be discovered.  Furthermore, as the only Alexandrian that consulted in the hit PBS mini-series Mercy Street, she will lend insight into the making of the show.

William Connery, Mosby's Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia (courtesy photo)

Mosby's Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia

William Connery
Thursday, March 14, 7:00 p.m., $15
In Mosby's Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia, William Connery chronicles  the successes of Commander John Mosby. Also know as the Gray Ghost, he is celebrated most for his raids that captured Union General Edwin Stoughton in Fairfax and Colonel Daniel French Dulany in Rose Hill. By 1864, he was a feared partisan guerrilla in the North and a nightmare for Union troops protecting Washington City. After the war, his support for presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant forced Mosby to leave his native Virginia for Hong Kong as a U.S. consul. A mentor to young George S. Patton, Mosby's military legacy extended to World War II.