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Civil War Ball Dance Classes - April 27 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/27/2017

In preparation for the Civil War Ball on the April 29th, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia Reel and more from an expert dance master. 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.
Civil War Ball (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/29/2017

Enjoy an evening from the 1860s in the historic Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom at the Civil War Ball. The evening will include live music, dance instruction, and period desserts. Period attire, either civilian or military, is encouraged.
Attics and Alleys Tour (starting at Gadsby's) (Old Town Alexandria)
From 5/6/2017 through 5/27/2017

What mysteries lie in the attics of the city’s historic sites? Ever wonder what is behind that brick wall? In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall, and the Apothecary Museum. Tour highlights include historic graffiti, hidden architectural fragments, and alleys that connect the city. Each Saturday in May 9 a.m. - noon, starting at either Lee-Fendall or Gadsby’s. $35 per person. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required. Held rain or shine. Reservations required. All Sales are Final.
Attics and Alleys Tour (starting at Lee-Fendall) (Old Town Alexandria)
From 5/6/2017 through 5/27/2017

What mysteries lie in the attics of the city’s historic sites? Ever wonder what is behind that brick wall? In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall, and the Apothecary Museum. Tour highlights include historic graffiti, hidden architectural fragments, and alleys that connect the city. Each Saturday in May 9 a.m. - noon, starting at either Lee-Fendall or Gadsby’s. $35 per person. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required. Held rain or shine. Reservations required. All Sales are Final.
Lecture: "George Washington's Virginia" (The Lyceum)
On 5/9/2017

George Washington’s Virginia is a history of and guide to Colonial, Revolutionary, and early Republic-era Virginia as known by, lived in, traveled across, and fought over by George Washington, the foremost native son of the Old Dominion. In it, Dr. Maass describes the stories and locations within the state associated with Washington, America’s most famous Founding Father. From his birthplace along the lower Potomac River to his last years as the plantation proprietor of Mount Vernon, it offers readers an exploration of Washington’s life and deeds in Virginia, as well as a detailed guide to the historic and scenic sites associated with America’s first president, Revolutionary War commanding general, frontier militia officer, and entrepreneur of the New Republic. Dr. John Maass is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor of history at Norwich University. Proceeds from the lecture will benefit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and The Lyceum. Door open at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7:00 p.m. Book signing will follow the lecture.

Firefighting in Civil War Alexandria Tour (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 5/20/2017

When Virginia joined the Confederacy, Union troops occupied Alexandria and most municipal functions were assumed by the U.S. Army. The “We’ve Been Burned: Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” walking tour explores firefighting during the occupation. How were volunteer fire companies treated by Federal authorities? Were firefighters allowed out after curfew? What happened to the firehouses? These questions will be answered as participants visit sites of four of the five fire houses, and learn what happened if there was a fire. For age 10 and older. Reservations are required, as space is limited.
Lecture: Battle for Caen (The Lyceum)
On 6/1/2017

Alexandria remembers the sacrifice of American troops as well as celebrates its sister city partnership with Caen, France by commemorating the anniversary of the D-Day invasions on the beaches of Normandy. The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee invites the public to attend a lecture at the Lyceum on “The Battle for Caen, June/July 1944” with the Senior Historian to the Secretary of Defense, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Christianson, U.S. Army (retired). Learn from his expertise teaching Military History and European History at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, as well as his time as aide-de-camp to the Commander Land Forces Southern Europe. A reception will follow the lecture.
Apothecary Geek Tour: A Magical Apothecary (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 6/11/2017

Learn about the real world botanical science that inspired the potions and herbology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and make your own magical sleeping potion! Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Apothecary Geek Tour: Behind the Scenes (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 7/9/2017

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.

Apothecary Geek Tour: An Outlandish Tour (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 8/13/2017

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.