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This Week in Historic Alexandria 7.18.16 | Newsletter | City of Alexandria


Archaeology Summer CampJuly 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22 – Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Park, 4301 West Braddock Road
Campers work alongside Alexandria’s City archaeologists excavating a real archaeological site. Campers will use professional excavating, recording, and artifact processing methods, while uncovering Alexandria’s buried past while protecting the City’s valuable historic resources. 12 to 15 year-olds. $400/camper, scholarships available. More info:www.alexandriava.gov/28120Monday 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.

Port City BreweryWednesday, July 20 – Port City Community Give Back Night
Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Avenue
Port City Brewing Co. and the Friendship Firehouse Company present a Community Give Back event. Join us to help raise money to restore two historic hand-drawn fire vehicles from the 1850s! Everyone who attends the event will receive a free Friendship Firehouse Hat and become an honorary member of George Washington’s fire company for the day! Events of the evening include Port City beer, Rocklands Red Hot BBQ food truck, a raffle to win a fire bucket, door prizes, silent auction, fun “fire” contests, photo ops, and more!
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friendship Conservation Fund to restore the historic fire vehicles. The fire alarm will sound at 4 p.m. (1600 hours – official fire time) with the last call for “help” at 8:30 (2030 hours). To learn more about the event and the Friendship Firehouse Museum, visit www.friendshipfire.net or Alexandriava.gov/FriendshipFirehouse.

Wednesday, July 20 – Alexandria Archaeological Commission
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union Street, Suite 327
Regular monthly meeting. 7 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.

Saturday, July 23 – In Concert: Aaron Goler 
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street
Join us for Aaron Goler, on bassoon, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association. (NOTE: Saturday afternoon concert). Lecture Rediscovering Devienne, and performance of Devienne’s reconstructed (by Goler) Bassoon Concerto No. 3. Free, but donations graciously accepted. 3 to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.wmpamusic.org or call 703.799.8229.

Saturday, July 23 – The Doug Thurman Summer Concert Series at Carlyle House: Free Flowing Music Experience
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 North Fairfax Street
Musical performances by local groups are held on the Carlyle House front lawn on selected Saturday evenings during the summer.  Purchase a bento box from Society Fair, made especially for our concerts or bring your own! No alcohol is permitted. Donations of $5 per person are requested as they help fund our educational programming. 7 to 9 p.m. For further information, please visit www.carlylehouse.org or call 703.549.2997.

Apothecary CounterSunday, July 24 – Special Civil War Tour of Apothecary
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will offer special tours, The Apothecary and the Civil War, every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. This approximately 30 minute tour will feature themes similar to PBS’s Mercy Street. Topics include abolitionism in the Quaker community, prescriptions from the Civil War era, and the Leadbeater family during the war. Special archival materials will be showcased during the tour and period ingredients covered in detail. Tickets are priced at $6 per person and are limited, so advance purchase is suggested.  Tickets may also be sold at the door, if available for that day’s tour. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. and will lock once the tour begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, please call 703.746.3852.

Sunday, July 24 – Special Family Tours at Gadsby’s Tavern
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street
Special Family Tours, led by Junior Docents grades 4-7 offered every Sunday until Labor Day Weekend at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Thanks to stationed guides, families will be able to start a tour as soon as they arrive and move through the museum at their own pace, and children will be able to connect with the museum through their peer tour guides. Tour ends with activities in the ballroom that explore the science behind the historic ice well, including making (and tasting) ice cream! Family tours begin June 26 and end Labor Day weekend. $5 adults ($4 with AAA membership), $3 children ages 5 to 12, and 4 and under are free. Alexandria City Public School families and Blue Star Families are free and coupons, including the Key to the City, are accepted. 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4242.

Sunday, July 24 – In Concert: William McDaniel
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street
Join us for William McDaniel, on piano, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association. Music of Scriabin and Beethoven. Free, but donations graciously accepted.  3 to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.wmpamusic.org  or call 703.799.8229.

Gary Stephan's Ballroom DancingSunday, July 25 – Gary Stephans’ Art of Ballroom Dance
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street
Fun classes to learn to dance or improve your dancing skills: fox trot, waltz, tango, swing, salsa, merengue, rumba, cha-cha, and samba. All level of dancers are welcome, with or without a partner. Discover little techniques that most people never learn about and become a relaxed and proficient social dancer in these small, personalized dance lessons! Basic Techniques classes are priced at $15 per person, and take place from  7 to 7:45 p.m. Advanced Techniques classes are priced at $15 per person, and take place from  7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Attend both sessions for best results. Free practice session from 8:30 to 9 pm. For more information, please visit  garystephans@me.com or 703-505-5998.

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 www.nvfaa.org 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 visitwww.fortward.org.

Now 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 to 4 p.m. For further information please visit www.carlylehouse.org or call 703.549.2997.

The LyceumNow 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 www.alexandriahistory.org.

Freedmen CemeteryNow 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 www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789.

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Friendship Firehouse
Join with the Friendship Firehouse Veterans Association and Office of Historic Alexandria to support of one of the major fund-raising initiatives of 2016! Proceeds from the Friendship Firehouse Fundraising Event on Friday, August 5 benefit the preservation of two important fire-fighting vehicles on display at Friendship Firehouse Museum: The Rodgers Suction Engine, built in 1851, and the Prettyman Hose Carriage, built in Alexandria in 1858. The event begins with a special Curator’s tour of Friendship Firehouse and the historic fire equipment. Remarks will follow the tour and conclude with a reception across the street at Taverna Cretekou. Event tickets start at $50 per person, with escalating levels of sponsorship. A one year membership in the organization is included in the price of the event ticket.

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