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Alexandria History

Interpretive Plan Community Open House At Fort Ward

November 13, 2018

Join staff from the Office of Historic Alexandria on Sunday, Nov. 18 (1-3 p.m.) to learn more about the Interpretive Plan that is being developed for Fort Ward Park by staff, citizens and consultants. A walking tour of the Park grounds to key interpretive sites will be at 2 p.m.

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Veteran’s Day And World War I Events With The Office Of Historic Alexandria

November 5, 2018

For a small city in the shadow of the Nation's capital, Alexandria was fully involved in World War I. Over 4,000 residents participated directly in uniform, while hundreds more worked in war industries including aircraft construction, shipbuilding, and other war-related production. Effects of the war can still be seen in the City today.

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The Glorious Undying Spirit Of Pluck With Author Elizabeth Foxwell: Alexandria Women In World War I

November 1, 2018

The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee invites you to the latest lecture on Alexandria Women in World War I. Alexandria resident Elizabeth Foxwell will discuss some of their roles in the war, coinciding with the centenary of the end of the war. The lecture is at Alexandria’s History Museum at The Lyceum on Nov. 13.

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Docent-Led Tour Of Friendship Firehouse Museum

October 31, 2018

Come Saturday, Nov. 3 for an in-depth guided tour of Friendship Firehouse Museum and learn about the Friendship Fire Company’s firefighting procedures and equipment, as well as the different roles the organization played in serving the community.

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Update On Historic Ship Discoveries At Robinson Landing

October 30, 2018

In early 2018, archaeologists discovered three historic ships at the Robinson Landing construction site on the Alexandria Waterfront. The City of Alexandria has been working with developer EYA, LLC, and teams of experts to research and excavate these exciting pieces of Alexandria's history.

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Veteran’s Day Events With The Office Of Historic Alexandria

October 26, 2018

For a small city in the shadow of the Nation's capital, Alexandria was fully involved in World War I. Over 4,000 residents participated directly in uniform, while hundreds more worked in war industries including aircraft construction, shipbuilding, and other war-related production. Effects of the war can still be seen in the City today.

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Lee-Fendall House Program Offers Taste Of Thanksgiving History

October 22, 2018

The Lee-Fendall House Museum will offer a special presentation on traditional Thanksgiving foodways on Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 p. m. with food historian Joyce White.

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“Bound to the Fire” Lecture

October 17, 2018

Join Alexandria Archaeology and Alexandria Black History Museum for the second annual Anna Lynch Memorial Lecture Series. Historical archaeologist and historian, Kelley Deetz, will discuss her new book, Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine, at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Book Talk: Julia Wilbur In Civil War Alexandria

October 16, 2018

Paula Whitacre, author of  A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose, will give a free lecture on Julia Wilbur and Civil War Alexandria on Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., at the James M. Duncan Jr. Library, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria. 

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Civil War In 3-D Photography Lecture At The Lyceum

October 8, 2018

Journey into the depths and dimensions of Civil War photography when historian and author Robert Zeller presents “The Grand Review: Discoveries & Explorations in Civil War Photography” at The Lyceum in Alexandria. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24,  at 7:30 p.m.

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