Lecture: The Power of Objects in 18th Century British America | News Release | City of Alexandria

Lecture: The Power of Objects in 18th Century British America

Learn about a wooden leg and dressing tables on October 18 at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

October 18

Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m., Doors open 7 p.m.

Peer into the drawers of early American women’s dressing tables and uncover the secrets behind the making of Gouverneur Morris’ wooden leg with Jennifer Van Horn, Assistant Professor from the University of Delaware. Drawn from her book, The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America, these stories have much to say about 18th-century America.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. A book signing will follow. Admission is $12 per person; $10 for GTMS members and volunteers. Tickets may be purchased by calling 703.746.4242 or through the online shop at www.alexandriava.gov/shop.

As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.  Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.3852, Virginia Relay 711


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