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Grab a sandwich on May 22 and head over to the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum as you learn from Christopher Booth, visiting scholar from the University of Nottingham, UK. Combining evidence from excavations and museums across Britain, Ireland, and the British Colonial Atlantic together with contemporary writings, Christopher is examining several topics around the work and place of early modern apothecaries. His talk will focus on one of them: how apothecaries used material culture to create trust in their patients through highly constructed retail spaces as well as use of the display of specimens, decorated drug jars, and instruments of pharmacy.

Admission is free but reservations are recommended as space is limited. Drinks and cookies provided courtesy of the Mortar and Pestle Society.
Tom Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, discusses his new book Why Old Places Matter. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they often don’t have the words to express why. Tom’s book creates this narrative through evocative words and beautiful imagery. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. lecture. Reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for puchase on-site.
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!

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.

Experience a program like the ones Alexandrians enjoyed in the 1840s and 1850s! David Keltz, renowned for his portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe, returns to the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum to portray phrenologist Nelson Sizer. Phrenology, the 19th-century pseudoscience in which practitioners measured and felt the ridges and bumps on people’s heads to determine their personality and prospects, was quite popular though also controversial in the 19th century. On May 29, 1841, Mr. Sizer and his partner P. L. Buell lectured at Lyceum Hall in Alexandria on "Courtship and Marriage" as part of a series of lectures and demonstrations presented in April and May of that year. The lectures included information about how to understand and apply the principals of phrenology along with readings of the heads of people in the audience. David Keltz as Mr. Sizer will present the principals of phrenology applicable to courtship and marriage based on 19th-century writings and will provide readings to willing participants. 21 and over. $15 – cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m., program begins at 7:30 p.m.
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.
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 Sunday morning extended tour and spend twice as long learning about the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary. Space is limited!
As part of Alexandria’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee presents a distinguished panel to discuss the significance of D-Day – looking back, and looking forward. Featuring:

Rear Admiral Tom Flynn, retired Judge Advocate General of the Navy.
Dr. Kim Bernard Holien, retired U.S. Army Historian.
Brigadier General Tony Smith, U.S. Army, retired.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., the panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m, The panel discussion will be followed by a wine and dessert reception. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased onsite or online at

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee promotes educational and cultural experiences between Alexandria, Virginia and the French city of Caen in Normandy, France. ACSCC activities include student and intern exchange programs, annual D-Day commemoration program, social events, and lecture series. Visit, “like” us on Facebook, or email
Alexandria After Dark brings together professional archaeologists and historians for informal lectures on topics relating to the rich archaeological heritage of Alexandria and the surrounding area. Cash bar and light refreshments provided.

City of Alexandria Archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik presents a new take on the history of the city as told through fifteen seldom-seen maps. In this Archaeology After Dark, Alexandria history is combined with the history of cartography to show the many ways people, including City Archaeologists, make and use maps.

Graduates and presenters of all the City’s Academy programs, make plans to attend the All-Academy Reception! These include the Alexandria City Academy, Alexandria Senior Academy, Community Commonwealth’s Attorney Academy, Community Fire Academy, Community Police Academy, and the Community Sheriff’s Academy. This event will include appetizers and cash bar.
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.
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.

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 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.
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 and a happy hour 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

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.