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Exhibit Opening: Alexandrians Fight the Great War | News Release | City of Alexandria


Alexandrians Fight the Great War Exhibit Opening



  1. S. Washington St.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


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The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, invites you to a reception showcasing the exhibition “Alexandrians Fight The Great War.” Visit our new exhibition, learn about the life of World War I soldiers from re-enactors with living-history displays, and enjoy refreshments including authentic World War I trench cake. The First World War – usually called “The Great War” before there was a World War Two – was unlike any other armed conflict in human history. European armies sustained massive casualties during the first few years of the war with extensive trench lines along the Western Front offering scant protection from unprecedented artillery barrages, machine guns, and poison gas. Overall, there were eight million and a half deaths and nearly three times that many wounded. “Alexandrians Fight the Great War” tells some of the stories of Alexandrians who served during World War I – their feelings about this nearly incomprehensible world tragedy, their early efforts to help, and their more active participation in the war effort after America entered the war in April, 1917.

The reception is free, but reservations are strongly recommended at https://shop.alexandriava.gov.

The Alexandria Lyceum was founded in 1838, by a group of well-educated local men with an interest in improving public educational and cultural opportunities throughout the community. In 1839, the group joined with the Alexandria Library to construct a new home for both organizations, the building known today simply as The Lyceum. This historic site has also served as a Civil War hospital ward, a private residence, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Nation’s first Bicentennial Visitor’s Center. Today, as the city’s history museum, the site offers exhibitions, public programs, a museum store, and facility rentals.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Jim.Holloway@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4726 or Virginia Relay 711.


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