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This Week in Historic Alexandria 7.14.16 | Newsletter | City of Alexandria


Wednesday, July 13 – Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission
Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street
Regular monthly meeting. 8 a.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4554.Wednesday, July 13 – American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Honor Choir European Tour Preview Concert 
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street
Sandra Snow (conductor), Patrick Dell (piano). Presented by Classical Movements. Program to include sacred and secular works. Free! 8 to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit Classical Movements at or call 703-683-6040.

Ballroom DancingThursday, July 14 – 2nd Thursday Live: Sizzling Summer Salsa, Samba, Rumba and Swing Demo & Dancing Night
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street
Put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun with renowned, international ballroom and Latin Dance instructor, Gary Stephans. Watch demos of some of the most popular social dances and learn some hot new dance moves in the beautiful, cool Athenaeum. Free! 7 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 703.548.0035.

Thursday, July 14 – Fort Ward Interpretive Plan Committee 
Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street
Regular monthly meeting. 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4554.

Saturday, July 16 – Family Fun Day: The Wright Flight
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street
Celebrate the 107th Anniversary of Orville Wright’s historic flight from Fort Myer to Alexandria and test the basic principles of flight! Experiment with forces – gravity, lift, drag, and thrust – and make two kinds of paper airplanes. Like the Wright brothers, work together as a family to create a hypothesis and conduct test flights to learn which design is the best! Tickets are priced at $8 per child, adults are free. Advance registration is required. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4994.

Sunday, July 17 – Music in the Gallery: Ashley Watkins 
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street
The music of contemporary flutist Ashley Watkins features a mix of classical works and jazz numbers. Compositions performed will be selected from Charles T Griffes, Claude Debussy, Otar Taktakishvili, Allen Vizzutti, Claude Bolling. Come attend this refreshing summer performance. Free! 2 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 703.548.0035.

President James MadisonSunday, July 17 – Presidential Salon with James Madison
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street
Join President Madison as he discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1816. The President’s special guest, before he sails to France as the United States Minister, will be Albert Gallatin. 3 p.m., doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 per person, $10 high school/college students. Reservations required. 3 to 4:30 p.m., For more information, please visit gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.govor call 703.746.4242.

Sunday, July 17 – In concert: Music of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Schumann
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street 
Sasha Beresovsky, on piano, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, Free, but donations graciously accepted. 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please or call 703.799.8229.

Monday July 18 –  Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Park, 4301 West Braddock Road
Children ages 9-12 will drill with a Civil War reenactor, learn about a soldier’s uniform and equipment, and make a canteen in a fun craft activity.  Program cost is $25 per child, and reservations are required as space is limited. 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Program will be cancelled if it rains. For more information or to make reservations for this, or in following days, please call 703.746.4848.

Monday July 18 –  Alexandria Sister Cities Committee
Alexandria City Hall, Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, 301 King Street
Regular monthly meeting.  7 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4554.

Now on Exhibit – Julia Bloom and Susan Hostetler / The Beauty of Inflections
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street 
The summer exhibition of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, featuring the work of Julia Bloom and Susan Hostetler. Free! Open Thursday through Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 703.548.0035.

Now on Exhibit – Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier  
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road
See “What’s New” segment above. Free! Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.   For more information, please call 703.746.4848 or

Hotel vs. HospitalNow on Exhibit – Hotel vs. Hospital
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street 
Learn the story of the fine hotel industry in Alexandria and how it quickly changed after the Civil War began. The City Hotel (today part of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum at 134 North Royal Street) was the only major hotel in Alexandria to remain open during the entirety of the war.  The two other fine hotels in town, Mansion House (transformed into a massive Civil War hospital) and Marshall House (site of the first Northern and Southern deaths due to violence in the Civil War), had closed. Guests will discover how tavern keeper Samuel Heflebower was able to remain in business as he catered to the new customers arriving in Alexandria.
For more information, please call 703.746.4242.

Now on Exhibit – Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 North Fairfax Street
Come see the site that inspired Mercy Street, the new PBS’ series inspired by real events that took place at Carlyle House. The six-episode program revolves around the doctors, nurses, and patients of Mansion House Hospital, a former luxury hotel owned by James Green, a prominent Alexandria businessman who resided in Carlyle House.
James Green purchased Carlyle House and the adjacent Bank of Alexandria in 1848. While living in Carlyle House with his family, he converted the Bank Building into the successful Mansion House Hotel. The hotel thrived, and Green expanded it in the 1850s. In November of 1861, the Union Army took over both the hotel and the mansion, turning the hotel into a hospital and the house into doctor and officer housing. The new exhibit recreates the days of Union occupation and tells the true stories of those who lived and worked here during the war. This is where Mercy Street really happened.  Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. –to 4 p.m. For further information please visit or call 703.549.2997.

Now on Exhibit – The Lyceum:  175 Years of Local History
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street
This new exhibition highlights the history of The Lyceum, as well as its role today as a place for exploring Alexandria’s past.  On view in the museum’s Coldsmith Gallery, the historical objects and images featured represent The Lyceum, the community at work, and commemorations and celebrations.  Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to “be the curator” and think about why the various artifacts are in museum’s collection, and about how these tangible representatives of the past help tell the story of Alexandria’s history.

Museum visitors can also explore artifacts relating to commemorating or celebrating something important in someone’s life, or that serve as a memento representing an organization, business, or event.  For example, five World War II service medals from a local soldier are on view, as well as a china pitcher promoting William Henry Harrison’s campaign for the presidency, and a colorful hand-worked quilt commemorating the Bicentennial of the American Revolution in 1976.  The Lyceum:  175 Years of Local History includes a variety of items providing a glimpse into different types of work in Alexandria since the community was founded in the 18th century.  Objects range from circa 1796 wares marked by Alexandria silversmith Adam Lynn, a circa 1880 dresser manufactured by James F. Muir and Brothers, to a collage of original photographs – circa 1970 — documenting the Alexandria, Barcroft & Washington Rapid Transit Company.

Open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.   For more information call 703.746.4994, or see

Lee's of AlexandriaNow on Exhibit – Journey to Be Free: Alexandria Freedmen’s Cemetery 
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street 
A new exhibit tracing the 150-year history of the long-forgotten Freedmen’s Cemetery, its rediscovery and how the new Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial was created at the site.  Free, but donations are appreciated. Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday: Closed.  For more information, please call 703.746.4356.

Now on Exhibit – Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812 
Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco Street

A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family. For more information, please visit or call 703.548.1789.


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Jane Austen Ball
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on August 13, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Classes are July 28, August 4, and August 11. Tickets are priced at $12 per class or $30 for the series, and reservations are recommended.

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