Speak, Sister! Civil War Women & More at the Athenaeum | News Release | Athenaeum

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Alexandrian Women’s Songs and Stories of the Civil War

Thursday, March 1o / 7:30
Local actors will read from diaries and letters of women — Harriet Jacobs, Isabel Emerson and Anne Frobel — who lived in Alexandria during the Civil War, and award-winning bluegrass band Dead Men’s Hollow will play songs of the Civil War.


Women of Alexandria, from Antebellum to the 20th Century

Monday March 7 / 7pm
Alexandria spent four years as an occupied city. During that time, daily life became quite different for residents who remained in the city, and in many cases, the war changed the course of women’s lives.
Women of Alexandria, from Antebellum to the 20th Century will illuminate an important side of the city’s history that we feel has been under-investigated: the effect of the Civil War on the lives of Alexandria’s women.
This program generously supported by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.


In the Gallery

Wings From Chains, February 4 – March 13

This exhibit features the work of artists selected from throughout the region whose entries represent women overcoming traditionally or stereotypically burdensome female responsibilities and turning them into something liberating. Wings from Chains is a feminine spin on the old addage about when given lemons, make lemonade. This show is generously sponsored by TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty. A portion of all sales will benefit the Women’s Caucus for Art.


The Athenaeum
201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314
703.548.0035 / nvfaa.org

We invite you to join us Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission is free.

The NVFAA is partially supported by funding from the the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.The NVFAA is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format contact us at nvfaa@nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.


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