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Rather than focusing on one aspect of George Washington’s remarkable life in some detail, Professor Peter Henriques will touch on a variety of interesting and relatively little known facts about Washington, including some that are not very complimentary.


While the building is small, there’s a lot more to see and learn than the regular 25-minute tour can cover. Purchase tickets for a Saturday morning extended tour and spend twice as long learning about the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary. Space is limited!
Learn about early seaports in America through the lens of Alexandria’s recent archaeological excavations as you sample the Rare Wine Company’s “Historic Madeira Series.” All proceeds benefit Alexandria Archaeology’s #SaveOurShip preservation campaign. Doors open at 7 p.m.; event begins at 7:30 p.m.
Visit the Alexandria Black History Museum for a fun activity for families. Program participation is limited to 25. This event is cosponsored by the Alexandria Black History Museum and the City of Alexandria Office on the Arts.
Through the stories, experiences, and archival traces of those enslaved by John Gadsby, consider how the nuances of urban slavery expand our understanding of slavery and Alexandria.


If the regular 30 minute tour of the Apothecary Museum just isn’t enough, this is the tour for you! Spend more time touring the museum with an expert guide, including the rarely open basement and 3rd floor of the historic pharmacy. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Tour is 11:00am-12:00pm. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.

Discover the many roles women played in tavern life! This tour challenges assumptions about a women’s role in the 18th century and how women interacted with the tavern, a place commonly assumed to be just for men. 
Learn about the muggle botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and make your own magical sleeping potion! This tour will be conducted exclusively in American Sign Language. Only visitors fluent in ASL should attend this tour as there will be no English interpretation provided. Adults and children ages 8 and older welcome. Tour is from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited space. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.
What do super heroes, crazy animals, and explosions have in common? A mad scientist probably made them! Come to the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum to explore where real science and mad science collide. 45 minute tours start every 30 minutes and feature historic medicines with surprising side effects. Upstairs, meet the Museum’s very own mad scientist bringing to life some crazy concoctions and the science behind them.

$6 per person, including adults. Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups welcome (program almost completes the Brownie Home Scientist badge). Troops must have 2 adults; max. of 16 people per group.

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Join us for Tracy Robinson's lecture “Ordinary Equality: The DAR from the Progressive Era to Women's Suffrage, 1890-1920.” As America prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, come hear how members of the Daughters of the American Revolution worked for social reform and helped make the dream of women's voting rights a reality. Tracy Robinson is the Director of Archives and History for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries designed to engage and enlighten audiences, representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the 6 sessions is moderated by a scholar who will also facilitate discussion after the viewing. This event is free, however pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they can. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, though high school students are welcome to attend with an adult. This series is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Becoming American has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sessions are March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 18.



March 16: The Century of Immigration ~ 1820-1934 chronicles the period when 40 million immigrants entered the U.S., making immigration a major and defining aspect of American life. [Films: New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 4, The Power and the People; and The Jewish Americans, Episode 2, A World of Their Own.]

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.

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Spend more time touring the Apothecary Museum with museum volunteer who is also a pharmacist. The tour guide will focus on the historic medicinal ingredients that are still used today in modern medicine while also touching upon the Stabler and Leadbeater family and business history. This tour is great for first time and return visitors. Tour is from 11:00am to 12:00pm and is recommended for adults only. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited space. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.
Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries designed to engage and enlighten audiences, representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the 6 sessions is moderated by a scholar who will also facilitate discussion after the viewing. This event is free, however pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they can. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, though high school students are welcome to attend with an adult. This series is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Becoming American has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sessions are March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 18.



March 30: Promise and Prejudice ~ Explores the tension – historic and current – between Americans’ acceptance of immigrants, including the celebration of their own immigrant heritage, versus the periodic backlash prompted by concern about the economic and cultural effects of newcomers. [Film: Welcome to Shelbyville]

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.
Inspired by the musical Hamilton, hear about Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, and Burr who all came to the tavern and delve into the issues they faced and how their choices impacted local citizens.

Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries designed to engage and enlighten audiences, representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the 6 sessions is moderated by a scholar who will also facilitate discussion after the viewing. This event is free, however pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they can. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, though high school students are welcome to attend with an adult. This series is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Becoming American has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sessions are March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 18.



April 13: Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation ~ Looks at how immigrants react and adjust to living in a new country and culture, and how they bridge the divide between the traditions and values of their native countries. [Film: The New Americans, Episode 1, The Nigerians.]

In preparation for the Celestial Ball on May 4, 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 Celestial Ball on May 4, 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 April 18, 25, and May 2.
In preparation for the Celestial Ball on May 4, 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.
Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries designed to engage and enlighten audiences, representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the 6 sessions is moderated by a scholar who will also facilitate discussion after the viewing. This event is free, however pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they can. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, though high school students are welcome to attend with an adult. This series is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Becoming American has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sessions are March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 18.



April 27: Help Wanted? Immigration and Work ~ Looks at the economic side of immigration, chronicling the essential part immigrant labor has played in building America, as well as the conflicted relationship American workers have had with immigrants. [Film: Destination America, Episode 1, The Golden Door.]

In preparation for the Celestial Ball on May 4, 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.
Long ago in a time far far away… join us on May the 4th for a star-studded ball. Enjoy live music, English Country dancing and a seasonal dessert collation. Last quarter of the 18th century costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged. Advanced registration is required, space is limited.

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.
Explore the 18th century buildings, including spaces rarely opened to the public, and understand how the buildings have changed over time. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera!



Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries designed to engage and enlighten audiences, representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the 6 sessions is moderated by a scholar who will also facilitate discussion after the viewing. This event is free, however pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they can. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, though high school students are welcome to attend with an adult. This series is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Becoming American has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sessions are March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 18.



May 11: Family and Community ~ Explores how family ties and community institutions have played an essential role in successful migration and adaptation to American life. [Film: My American Girls.]

Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries designed to engage and enlighten audiences, representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the 6 sessions is moderated by a scholar who will also facilitate discussion after the viewing. This event is free, however pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they can. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, though high school students are welcome to attend with an adult. This series is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Becoming American has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sessions are March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 18.



May 18: Immigration and Popular Culture ~ Looks at the ways the media and popular culture have historically taught newcomers how to “be American,” and how the rich contributions of different immigrant groups have transformed American culture and art. [Film: The Search for General Tso.]

Tour this historic apothecary and learn about a few of the herbal medicines featured in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of novels from cascara to dauco seeds. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Tour is 11:00am-12:00pm. Please arrive between 10:45-11:00am as the museum is not open to the public until 1:00pm and the doors will be locked when the tour begins at 11:00am.
Archaeology Summer Camp provides an opportunity for 12-15 year-olds to work on a real archaeological dig. Campers spend a week helping Alexandria’s City archaeologists excavate a real site while learning professional excavating, recording, and artifact processing methods. Uncover Alexandria’s buried past while protecting the City’s valuable historic resources. Summer camp applications can be found online at www.alexandriava.gov/Archaeology. Registration is limited, and all applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. You must submit both an application and payment for your spot to be held. Refunds cannot be made after June 1, 2019.