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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!
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.
Popular Simon and Schuster author Sheila Moses will conduct a workshop for young writers (grades 8-12). Parents are welcome to stay. You will learn how to tell a good story, what a publisher looks for in a new author and how to make your story ideas a reality. Snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Shelia P. Moses was raised in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the award-winning author of several books for teens and young readers: The Legend of Buddy Bush; The Return of Buddy Bush; I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott; and The Baptism. Moses is also the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul. Shelia Moses currently lives in Alexandria Virginia.
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.

On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of eighteen raiders descended on Harpers Ferry. In an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection, they seized the federal arsenal, took hostages, and retreated to a fire engine house where they barricaded themselves until a contingent of US Marines battered their way in on October 18. The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted, and hanged. Among Brown’s fighters were five African American men—John Copeland, Shields Green, Dangerfield Newby, Lewis Leary, and Osborne Perry Anderson—whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader and who, even today, are little remembered. Five for Freedom is the story of these five brave men. Join author Eugene L. Meyer for a lecture about the lives of these men.
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.
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.