The History of Fort Myer
Lecture and book signing with author and historian, John Michael
Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon
Alexandria Archaeology Museum
105 North Union Street, #327
This delightful book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by. Overlooking Washington, DC, Fort Myer holds a commanding view of America’s capital. Built in 1863 from the Custis-Lee estate, one of 70 defensive Civil War fortifications of the capital, this historic US Army post was known as Fort Whipple. As the war ended and reconciliation began, only this fort remained and was later renamed to honor the US Army’s first signal officer, Brig. Gen. Albert J. Myer. These acres of Arlington Heights are distinguished by unique events, including the beginnings of military aviation, the Army Cavalry showcase, “The Three Sisters,” and the National Weather Bureau. During World War I, Army officers trained here to fight “Over there,” and today two units call Fort Myer home: the Army Band (“Pershing’s Own,” since 1942) and the 3rd Infantry (“The Old Guard,” since 1948). Photographs and text present the evolution of this national landmark in its first 100 years, including its buildings, people, and events.
Fees: Free, but reservations required, email@example.com or 703.746.4399
Audience: Anyone may attend