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This Week in Historic Alexandria (7.9.17) | News Release | City of Alexandria

What’s New in Historic Alexandria

The Real World Science behind Harry Potter

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St.

Harry Potter EventIn honor of Harry’s birthday on July 31st, the Apothecary is offering its annual special programs exploring the real science and medicine that’s found in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  On Saturday, July 28guests 21 and older can explore the real world of Harry Potter with guides, make an herbal potion inspired by the wizarding world, and raise a toast to Harry’s birthday with a magical cocktail. Cost is $20 per person and space is limited. Families can enjoy a 45 minute tour on Sunday, July 29, which includes a special take-home activity book and trivia run by local business Hooray for Books! Tickets are $6 per person, both children and adults. At least one paying adult per five children is required. Both event includes a photo booth—don’t forget your camera.

Check alexandriava.gov/Shop for event information and to register, as some events have limited space and fees vary.  For more information about Historic Alexandria, visit alexandriava.gov/Historic.  


This Week in Historic Alexandria

On July 14, 1965, the Board of Architectural Review for the Old and Historic Alexandria District approved the design for the plaza, fountain, and subterranean garage at Market Square.  The project, part of a much larger “urban renewal” program intended to revitalize six deteriorated commercial blocks in the downtown area, paved the way for the demolition of dozens of early buildings fronting King, North Royal and North Fairfax Streets, as well as structures and stalls associated with the market near City Hall. Controversial even at that time, the authorization supported the concept of opening up Market Square as a community gathering space, over  maintaining the jumbled marketplace that had developed over 200 years and had been largely hidden from surrounding streets for decades.


Upcoming Events

July 13 Alexandria After-Work Concert Series
Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St.
6-8 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, join us for monthly Friday-night concerts on the second Friday of the month. The July concert features the Ship’s Company Chanteymen. $15 suggested donation for the musicians. No ticket required – show up and enjoy the music! Beer and wine for sale, light refreshments available as well.


July 13 Trivia Nights at Historic Sites

Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St.
7-9 p.m.
Lee-Fendall HouseStaff members of Carlyle House Historic Park and Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their nerd knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights in the beautiful gardens of Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on all things from pop culture to history!

Trivia nights are $5 a person; includes 1 drink ticket. Additional drinks can be bought at our cash bar. Teams may have up to 6 members on them. Registration slots are first come, first served, so we recommend paying ahead of time to save your spot. Trivia will take place rain or shine. The Monday before trivia night tune in to our social media pages for that week’s theme. Ages 21 and over only.

Future dates include July 27, August 10 and August 24. All begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.


July 14 The War Of 1812 In Alexandria – A Walking Tour

Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St.
10-11:30 a.m.
This guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812  will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through Eventbrite, or for $15 at the door. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.  FREE for members!


July 16 Read, See, Do

Carlyle House Park, 121 N. Fairfax St.
2-3 p.m.
Every Monday in July, Carlyle House and Alexandria Library are teaming up to have a reading program paired with an activity. The books chosen all have a historic theme and can be tied in with Carlyle House. The program will take place on the Magnolia Terrace behind the house, which will be tented.


July 17-19 Clio’s Kids: A History Mini-Camp

The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum
9 a.m.-noon
The LyceumOur theme for 2018 is “Alexandria: Then and Now.” Each day of camp we’ll learn about life in Alexandria – past and present. Camp includes a visit to Friendship Firehouse Museum where we will form our own camp bucket brigade! Campers should come prepared for outside activities each day, including sturdy walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. The camp is for ages 5-7. Cost is $115 and includes snacks and souvenirs. Advanced registration is required at alexandriava.gov/Lyceum.

 

July 23 Read, See, Do
Carlyle House Park, 121 N. Fairfax St.
2-3 p.m.
Every Monday in July Carlyle House and Alexandria Library are teaming up to have a reading program paired with an activity. The books chosen all have a historic theme and can be tied in with Carlyle House. The program will take place on the Magnolia Terrace behind the house, which will be tented.

 

Gadsby's TavernJuly 27 18th Century Gaming Night
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street
7-9 p.m.
$10 cover
Play games 18th century style, including Shut the Box, Fox + Geese, Dice, and a special Cards against Humanity: Tavern Edition. Also hear stories of our young nation and see the room(s) where it happened! Cash bar with wine, beer, and specialty cocktail will be available.

 

July 27 Trivia Nights At Historic Sites
Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St.
7-9 p.m.
Trivia nights are $5 a person; includes 1 drink ticket. Additional drinks can be bought at our cash bar. Teams may have up to 6 members on them. Registration slots are first come, first served, so we recommend paying ahead of time to save your spot. Trivia will take place rain or shine. The Monday before trivia night tune in to our social media pages for that week’s theme. Ages 21 and over only.

Future dates include August 10 and 24. All begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

 

July 28 “Beyond The Battlefield” – A Civil War Walking Tour
Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a 2 hour guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town.  Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and enslaved people, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Tickets are $15 in advance through Eventbrite, or $20 the day of the program. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.  FREE for members!

 

July 28 Festival of Short African American Film
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Alexandria Black History Museum is pleased to bring you a short film festival featuring the work of two award winning studios in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. These directors highlight the stories of notable African American fitures, demonstrating that African American history is America’s history.

The first two films are presented by Robin Hamilton who wrote and produced This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer about Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, and Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrellabout the 19th century crusader against racial injustice.

Documentary filmmakers Hannay Ayers and Lance Warren are also presenting two films. An Outrage, released in 2017, discusses lynching in the American South. Their second film, The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia, highlights the forgotten story of a celebrated 19th century African American restauranteur in Richmond. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations are available at alexandriava.gov/Shop.

 

July 28 Home-Makeover: 1850s Edition
Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St.
2 p.m.
Explore the extensive renovations that the Cazenove family made to the Lee-Fendall house and garden in the early 1850s. Learn about the fashionable trends that shaped their decorative decisions and discover the modern conveniences they added to make the home more comfortable.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite and are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are FREE!

 

Archaeology WorkshopJuly 28 Archaeology Workshop at Shuter’s Hill Alexandria Archaeology Program
Shuter’s Hill at the George Washington Masonic Memorial 
1:30 – 3 p.m.
What did Shuter’s Hill used to look like? Each day of excavation uncovers more information. Take a tour of the site to learn how archaeologists can understand the original landscape, view archaeology in action, and get the chance to sift through excavated soil.  $10 donation and pre-registration is required, alexandriava.gov/Shop.

 

July 28 and 29 The Real World Science behind Harry Potter 
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St.
In honor of Harry’s birthday, the Apothecary is offering special programs exploring the real science and medicine that’s found in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  Tickets can be purchased beginning July 1 either online at alexandriava.gov/Shopor by calling 703.746.3852.  This event sells out, so purchase in advance!

 

Saturday, July 28, 6-9 p.m.  Adults-Only Tours
Bring your friends for a fun night featuring your favorite series—Harry Potter!  Explore the real world of Harry Potter with tour guides, make an herbal potion inspired by the wizarding world, and raise a toast to Harry’s birthday with a magical cocktail .  Cost is $20 per person and space is limited.

Sunday, July 29, 1-4 p.m.  Family-Friendly Tours
This 45 minute tour includes a special take-home activity book and trivia run by local business Hooray for Books!  Event includes a photo booth—don’t forget your camera. Tickets are $6 per person, both children and adults.  At least one paying adult per five children required.

 

July 30 Read, See, Do
Carlyle House Park, 121 N. Fairfax St.
2-3 p.m.
Every Monday in July, starting on July 9th, Carlyle House and Alexandria Library are teaming up to have a reading program paired with an activity. The books chosen all have a historic theme and can be tied in with Carlyle House. The program will take place on the Magnolia Terrace behind the house, which will be tented.


Upcoming Committee Events

July 9 Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee Meeting
City Hall, Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, 301 King St.
7-9 p.m.
Regular meeting

 

July 11 Alexandria Historic Restoration and Preservation Commission 
Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St.
8-10 a.m.
Regular Meeting

 

July  11 Alexandria Archaeology Ship Committee Meeting
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St. 
Suite #327
3:30-5 p.m.
Regular weekly meeting

 

July 16 Alexandria-Dundee-Helsingborg Sister Cities Committee Meeting
City Hall, Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, 301 King St.
7-9 p.m.
Regular meeting

 

July 17 Historic Alexandria Resources Commission Meeting
Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St.
7-9 p.m.
Regular meeting


Ongoing Project

The Poppy Project

WWI CentennialWhile the first round of knitting is done, we still need more poppies!  As part of the World War One centennial commemorations, the Office of Historic Alexandria is honoring veterans then and now by collecting knitted or crocheted red poppies.  Drop-off or mail completed poppies to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum or the Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum.  All poppies must be turned in by the Fourth of July for use in a community art project on display

For poppy patterns and more information about Alexandria during WWI visit alexandriava.gov/93363.


Now on Exhibit

Through Labor Day: 10 Millionth Patent Scavenger Hunt
Multiple OHA museums
PatentThe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) and the City of Alexandria, has planned a summer-long Scavenger Hunt throughout Alexandria to celebrate the 10 millionth patent.

Participating museums have new exhibits featuring historical patents. Visit each location to collect a different inventor trading card. Each card features a caricature of a real inventor and information about one of their significant patents. Make sure to stop by each spot on the map to collect all of the USPTO inventor trading cards! The scavenger hunt runs through Labor Day.

You can find the Scavenger Hunt map and a complete list of museum participants at this link. The following Office of Historic Alexandria museums are proud to participate in the Scavenger Hunt: Alexandria Black History Museum, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, Fort Ward Museum, and Friendship Firehouse Museum.

 

“John Rogers’ Civil War Statuary” Exhibit Opens at Fort Ward Museum
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Rd.
Council of WarJohn Rogers was noted for his popular plaster-cast statuary groups that adorned many middleclass Victorian parlors in 19th-century America.  In an age when most sculptors continued to produce idealized figures in the classical tradition commissioned by wealthy patrons, the honest realism of Rogers’ style and his goal to create modestly priced art that average people could afford earned him the title, “Artist of the Common People.”  The exhibit features fine examples of Rogers Groups from Fort Ward Museum’s collection, with some additions on loan from a private collection. Free! Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

 

Alexandrians Fight the Great War
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington S.
This new exhibition traces the experiences of local people during the first World War. The homes, hospitals, factories and shipyards of wartime Alexandria come back to life through the use of rare images, archival and modern-day video clips, quotes from participants, original objects including weapons, period music, and scale models. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.   For more information call 703.746.4994, or visit
www.alexandriahistory.org.

 

Before the Spirits are Swept Away: African American Historic Site Paintings
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. 
This exhibition, featuring 20 of Sherry Sanabria’s African American historic site paintings, is made possible by the Sanabria family, who generously donated 23 of her paintings to the Alexandria Black History Museum. These paintings are part of Sanabria’s “Sites of Conscience” series, which has as its focus African American heritage, prisons, concentration camps, and mental hospitals. The Sites of Conscience series takes viewers to places of horror, places of pain and suffering, places we want to forget, but never should.

Robert Sanabria, Sherry’s husband, feels this series “… demonstrates the widespread practice of bondage in the American South and the determination of the enslaved to survive and maintain their connection with their creator. It is especially fortuitous to have these works together where they will be valued and available for the appreciation of generations to come….” 

Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday: Closed. Free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, please call 703.746.4356.

 

DollhouseOur Community in Miniature: The African American Dollhouses of Sharon Frazier and Linwood Smith. 
Through July 30th
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St.
The Alexandria Black History Museum is pleased to host the third exhibition of their very popular 2008 show of African American dollhouses by Sharon J. Frazier and Linwood M. Smith. Twenty six beautiful miniature buildings with furnished rooms comprise the exhibition and remind the viewers of the forgotten businesses and people important to Alexandria’s vitality and development. The exhibition also provides a look at African American culture and the important institutions that made African American families strong – family, church, and school.

 

Honoring Our Veterans Exhibit
Through Veterans Day
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.
Included in museum admission – Adults: $5.00, Children (ages 5 -12): $3.00
Veterans and active duty military personnel are free.

In 1929, the newly formed American Legion Post 24 purchased the buildings now known as Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, restoring them in honor of World War I veterans.  As part of the World War I Centennial Commemoration, learn more about the American Legion’s history in Alexandria and how Post  24 and 129 contributed then and now to the City of Alexandria.  Whether its 1929 or 2018, home or abroad, these men and women embody the idea of service.

 

Katie Pumphrey | Five More Minutes | Part II
Through July 22nd
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St.
Five More Minutes is a two-part exhibition that features work by Baltimore artist, Katie Pumphrey. Through large-scale paintings and installation, her work explores the tension between movement and stillness.

Pumphrey explores the anxiety, excitement, panic, and even monotony that comes from just five more minutes. Calm shifts to chaos and seconds fly by. Time drags on and you push further into the unknown. Five more minutes. Stay here for just five more minutes. You have five more minutes. You still have five more minutes. Wait, just five more minutes. In five more minutes. Please, just five more minutes. Only five more minutes. Five more minutes.

Five More Minutes is a two-location exhibition. In addition to Part II at the Athenaeum, Part I, will be on view at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Ave NW, in Georgetown from June 2 – July 21.


On Sale Now

Festival of Short African American Film-July 28

The Alexandria Black History Museum is pleased to host a short film festival featuring the work of two award winning studios in Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia. Robin Hamilton will present two films: This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a famed Civil Rights activist; and Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell, which discusses the life of this 19th century crusader against racial injustice. Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren will also present two films: An Outrage, which discusses lynching in the American South; and The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia, the forgotten story of a celebrated 19th century African American restaurateur in Richmond. These directors highlight the stories of notable African American figures, demonstrating that African American history is America’s history. Tickets can be purchased at alexandriava.gov/Shop.


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