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Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world on a tour of this 19th century apothecary, and make your own magical sleeping potion! Recommended for ages 8 and up. The one-hour tour begins at 11:00am. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in at the front desk.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball. Times are 7:30 – 9:30 pm and cost is $12 per class or $30 for the series.

The Dance Series is September 5, 12, 19.
Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore. Story time will take place every first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Explore the museum exhibits afterwards to learn about local black history. All ages are welcome, but most suitable for children 3-6 years old.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Participate in the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. This moving and educational weekend event includes a Friday evening opening address with local Contraband historian Char McCargo Bah. Other events include: a morning wreath-laying at the site, a luncheon to honor descendant families with a keynote address by National Park Service Superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument, Terry E. Brown, a curated bus tour of Alexandria’s African American heritage sites, and an evening candlelight vigil at the memorial. Hotel room blocks are available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town and Hilton Alexandria Old Town. New merchandise created for the anniversary will be for sale. A private descendant only tour will be offered on Sunday, September 15th of the National Museum of African American History and Culture from 8:00 am- 2:00 pm. The full program details are available at Alexandriava.gov/Historic.

After purchasing a ticket, please click on this form to complete the registration. Early bird pricing valid through August 9. For registration assistance, please contact 703.746.4554.
The public is welcome to participate in a variety of free events as well as ticketed events for the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. Enjoy a curated bus tour of Alexandria’s African American heritage sites as part of the 5th Anniversary of the Freedmen Cemetery and Memorial Dedication. Sites to be visited include the Freedom House Museum, Fort Ward Museum, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. The tour includes refreshments and opportunity to learn from site experts. The bus will leave from and return to the Lee Center.
The public is welcome to participate in a variety of free events as well as ticketed events for the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. Attend the special buffet luncheon to honor descendant families with a keynote address by National Park Service Superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument, Terry E. Brown. The program includes additional presentations about the site and Alexandria’s African American history. A separate ticket to the afternoon curated bus tour of Alexandria’s African American heritage sites can be purchased on this site.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on September 21, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the documentation and preservation of historic ships found on Alexandria’s waterfront. Learn about the discovery of the ships from professional archaeologists before taking an active role in the measurement and scale drawing of real timbers from the ships thought to date to the late 18th and early 19th century. Ages 14+; Children under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please wear long pants and sensible closed-toed shoes. No parking on site, however there is limited street parking nearby. $15 per person, $12 FOAA members. Please note this event takes place at 116 S. Quaker Lane.
Calling all aspiring archaeologists! Go behind the scenes to see what happens to historic ships when they are found underground. Find out how Alexandria grew as a port in the 18th century, try your hand at creating a map of the ship, and then test your skills to see if you have what it takes to make a mini boat that can carry cargo. Ages 8-14 (children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult). Please wear long pants and sensible closed-toed shoes. No parking on site, however there is limited street parking nearby. $15 per person, $12 FOAA members. Please note this event takes place at 116 S. Quaker Lane.

Girls working on the It's Your Story--Tell It: Media journey evaluate media through a fresh lense as they examine historic advertising and products. The highlight of this three hour event (6-9 p.m.) is working as a team to film a short Public Service Announcement, pulling together what they've learned about persuasion, ethics, and stereotypes. The evening wraps up with girls reflecting on how they engage with media and writing Media Pledges.

This is not a drop-off event. Even for individual girls at least one adult must accompany. All adults must purchase tickets and troops need to meet the minimum chaperone requirements as outlined by the Girl Scout Safety Wise guidelines, with a minimum of two adults per troop for groups of 8 or more and one adult for smaller groups or individuals. Please, no tag-alongs.

Troop leaders will receive an information packet approximately one month prior to the event. After the event, troop leaders will receive a drop-box link via email to their troop's PSA video.

Activity patch is available for purchase in gift shop at the end of the event. Troop leaders are responsible for buying the Girl Scout award separately.

All sales are final.
Before They Were Americans: A Prologue to the Revolutionary War


Gadsby’s Tavern Museum highlights the complexity of early America, but these challenges and uncertainties were rooted in what transpired before and during the Revolutionary War. In preparation for the 250th anniversary of 1776, explore topics with public historians during a one-day symposium in partnership with Emerging Revolutionary War


Day includes the following speakers (8:30am-5pm) and a happy hour (5-7pm) at Gadsby's Tavern Museum:

- Dr. Peter Henriques - George Washington: From British Subject to American Rebel

- Phillip Greenwalt - I wish this cursed place was burned: Boston and the Road to Revolution

- Katherine Gruber - A Tailor-Made Revolution: Clothing William Carlin's Alexandria

- William Griffith -  A proud, indolent, ignorant self sufficient set: The Colonists’ Emergence as a Fighting Force in the French and Indian War

- Stephanie Seal Walters - Smallpox to Revolution

Join Port City Brewery and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as we honor the anniversary of the Female Stranger’s death with her Long Black Veil! This special craft beer was inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger, who died at the tavern on October 14, 1816. Enjoy great local beers and learn history + her tragic story. Evening will include four courses. Not to be missed by foodies and history nerds alike! Reservation required.
In preparation for the Fall Harvest Ball on November 9, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
In preparation for the Fall Harvest Ball on November 9, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.

Classes are October 17, 24, and November 7.
The City Tavern has been the site of many historic events, but also many macabre ones. This special tour explores the people who breathed their last at the hotel and the scenes surrounding them. Bring your friends and raise a glass (drink provided!) to those who have come before. From a famous actress to Civil War soldiers, you won’t look at this historic corner of Alexandria the same again.


In preparation for the Fall Harvest Ball on November 9, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Girls working on the It's Your Story--Tell It: Media journey evaluate media through a fresh lense as they examine historic advertising and products. The highlight of the evening is when the girls work as a team to film a Public Service Announcment, bringing together what they learned about persuasion, ethics, and stereotypest. As part of the overnight, Cadettes Girl Scouts show their PSAs to Junior Girl Scouts on Saturday morning to evaluate their effectiveness.

Troop leaders will receive an information packet no later than one month prior to the event. During the event, troop leaders will receive girls' media pledges to take home and revisit at a future troop meeting. Approximately one week after the event, troop leaders will receive a dropbox link to download their troop's PSA.

Important notes:
-The overnight includes an evening snack and light breakfast. Please eat dinner before arrival.
-Troop leaders are responsible for buying the Girl Scout award separately.
-This is not a drop off event; adults must purchase tickets as well. A minimum of 2 adults required per troop of 8 or more girls, one must be female. Troops of 1 to 7 girls must have one female adult attend.
-This overnight runs concurrently with a Junior Girl Scout overnight. Multi-level troops should register girls separately under the appropriate-level overnight and must meet chaperone ratios for each level separately.

- This is not a drop-off event. Even for individual girls at least one adult must accompany.
- All are Friday evenings starting at 7pm and going until Saturday at 8:30am
- Please note that adults must purchase tickets as well. A minimum of 2 adults required per troop of 6 or more girls, one must be female. Troops of 1 to 5 girls must have one female adult attend.
- Groups are responsible for handling their own permission slips and following all Safety Wise requirements.
- Patches and t-shirts are available for purchase. Information will be emailed one month prior to event.
- Junior and Cadette overnights run concurrently. For mixed-age troops, please be sure to purchase the correct number of tickets for each level and that both Cadettes and Juniors have an adequate number of adults. While they will be sleeping in the same building, all other evening activities occur in different locations.
- Event does not include Girl Scout award or journey book (which is not required to participate)
- Maximum Troop Size: 16 people (including adults)

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Jumpstart the It’s Your World—Change It leadership journey for Junior Girl Scouts by joining Gadsby’s Tavern Museum for an overnight that walks girls step by step through what makes a great leader and how to lead a project of their own. The evening will use the story of how the museum buildings were saved as a case study for creating their own community-changing project. Girls will work on the Power of One and Power of Team sections of the journey and begin planning their community project for the final Power of Community section. Troops will need to take action and carry out their project at home as they continue their conversations around girls as leaders. Overnight includes 18th century dancing to celebrate your progress as well as an evening snack and light breakfast.

Troop leaders will receive an information packet no later than one month prior to your event. Troop leaders will leave the overnight program with an outline of the girls' agreed-upon take action project with as much planned as possible.

This overnight runs concurrently with a Cadette Girl Scout overnight. The different troop levels complete separate activities but share a common sleeping space and breakfast. Multi-level troops should register girls separately under the appropriate-level overnight and register the approrpriate number of adults per troop level.

Important items of note:
- All are Friday evenings starting at 7pm and going until Saturday at 8:30am
- This is not a drop off event; adults must purchase tickets as well. A minimum of 2 adults required per troop of 7 or more girls, one must be female. Troops of 1 to 6 girls must have one female adult attend.
- Groups are responsible for handling their own permission slips and following all Safety Wise requirements.
- Patches and t-shirts are available for purchase. Information for pre-orders will be included with the info packet.
- Event does not include Girl Scout award or journey book (which is not required to participate)

All Sales are Final.
Don't miss two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre - Edgar Allan Poe! Actor David Keltz returns to The Lyceum’s lecture hall to re-create Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Individual works performed each year vary, but the program always includes a chilling story or two such as “The Cask of Amontillado,” or “The Pit and the Pendulum,” along with well-known poems “The Raven” and “El Dorado.” Mr. Keltz’s performance has been lauded by The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, The Poe Museum in Richmond, and the Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.

Beer and wine cash bar before the show.

$15 per person. Doors at 7:30 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. Reservations recommended.
In preparation for the Fall Harvest Ball on November 9, learn 18th-century English Country Dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
As the leaves changed and planting season came to a close, the social season in 18th-century Alexandria commenced with a ball! Join us for this 1770s style ball with live music, English country dancing, cash bar, and seasonal dessert collation. 1770s attire or cocktail attire welcome.

Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Join Matthew Costello, Senior Historian of the White House Historical Association, as he shares from his new book The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President. Costello traces the shift of America’s attention from the official days of commemoration around Washington’s death to spontaneous visits by citizens through the story of his tomb. This history reflects the building of a memory of America’s first president—of, by, and for the American people. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Enjoy a selection of ciders from 10 Virginia cideries. Ticket includes tastings, a souvenir glass, live music, and fun fall activities. Food truck available. Tickets $45 - day of event tickets available onsite only for $55 per ticket. Dress for the weather - the event is outdoors!