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In order to maintain physical distancing, purchase your entry time in advance at a steep discount. Instead of paying per person for admission, advanced tickets are only $3 for your entire group of up to 10 people. In lieu of individual tickets, select one entrance time for your group and present your emailed receipt. Alexandria residents can visit for free and can reserve an arrival time in advance. If you have already purchased a Key to the City ticket, choose that option to reserve your entrance time slot and present your Key to the City upon arrival. To make your visit as safe as possible, please read the "Safety Measures" when you click to purchase your ticket. During your visit, please view our new special exhibition, “Witnessing Worship: A Photographic Study of Faith in Alexandria.”
In order to maintain physical distancing, purchase your entry time in advance at a steep discount. Instead of paying per person for admission, advanced tickets are only $5 for your entire group of up to 10 people. In lieu of individual tickets, select one entrance time for your group and present your emailed receipt. Alexandria residents and Society members can visit for free. If you have already purchased a Key to the City ticket, choose that option to reserve your entrance slot and present your Key to the City upon arrival.
Rescheduled from September 2020 to May 2021


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:


* Vanessa Smiley- American Revolutionary War from the Bottom Up; Southern Theater Misconceptions


* Michael Harris - General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine


* Travis Shaw - Disaffected and Dangerous Persons: Loyalist Resistance in the Mid-Atlantic


* Mark Maloy - Drunk Hessians and Other Myths of the Ten Crucial Days


* John Rees - ’They Were Good Soldiers’: African Americans in the Continental Army




In order to maintain physical distancing, purchase your entry time in advance at a steep discount. Instead of paying per person for admission, advanced tickets are only $2 for your entire group of up to ten people. Purchase one $2 ticket for up to ten people in your party. In lieu of individual tickets, select one entrance time for your group and present your emailed receipt. Alexandria residents visit for free, but please reserve a time. If you have already purchased a Key to the City ticket, choose that option to reserve your entrance slot and present your Key to the City upon arrival.
Historic Alexandria is partnering with Alexandria Historical Society to bring you their monthly lecture series.

From the first Jewish immigrants to Alexandria in the 1850s to a thriving microcosm of Jewish life today, Jewish Alexandrians have helped shape and been shaped by their city. Lecturer Mark Livingston will introduce audiences to several Jewish synagogues, merchants, Civil War soldiers, and mayors, and uncover history hidden in plain site along King Street and the surrounding area. Mark Livingston, a computer scientist by profession, has been a volunteer tour guide for the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum (formerly the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington) since 2004. He helped author the walking tour CJM offers of Jewish Old Town Alexandria and has led the tour since its inception. He resided in Alexandria from 2001 through 2016.

Guests will receive an email shortly after purchase with the Zoom meeting link, Meeting ID, and password. Please check junk mail before requesting assistance from the MuseumShop email below.
REGISTER FOR FREE AT: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c09H1FqNS8anHYIEwqpYrA. As part of the City of Alexandria’s 11th annual D-Day commemoration, former U.S. Army Historian Dr. Kim Bernard Holien will discuss D-Day secrets, known and unknown in a 'Rest of the Story' presentation about the secrets that made the Allies victorious on the 'day of days.' Dr. Kim Bernard Holien was a professional historian with the U.S. Army for 34 years, receiving commendations from the late John Marsh, Secretary of the Army, and President Ronald Reagan. He is the recipient of the 2008 Joseph L. Harsh History Award from the Northern Virginia Association of Historians and the co-recipient of the 2016 T. Michael Miller Alexandria History Award from the Alexandria Historical Society. Tickets are free, but pre-registration is required at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c09H1FqNS8anHYIEwqpYrA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
REGISTER FOR FREE AT: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WkYEcl8BRBSfQg8EuaHEuA. As part of the City of Alexandria’s 11th annual D-Day commemoration, Linda Hervieux, Paris-based American journalist, photographer and author of FORGOTTEN: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War, shares the story of D-Day’s only African-American combat soldiers, who were effectively written out of the history of the Normandy invasion. Tom Brokaw called FORGOTTEN "utterly compelling," and Douglas Brinkley said "all Americans should read" this battalion's journey through segregated Jim Crow America to unexpected freedom in Britain and France. Hervieux has lectured extensively on the African Americans of D-Day and World War II at Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, the Imperial War Museum in London, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.Tickets are free, but pre-registration is required at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WkYEcl8BRBSfQg8EuaHEuA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Sponsored by the the Office of Historic Alexandria and the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee.
In “Mapping the Gay Guides: Understanding Queer Spaces in Pre- & Post-Stonewall America,” Dr. Eric Gonzaba will discuss his project Mapping the Gay Guides, a digital project which aims to understand the often-ignored queer geographies through an interactive web application and digital public history project. Drawing on and making accessible the Damron Guides, an early but longstanding travel guide aimed at gay men since the early 1960s, this online mapping project explores different dimensions of American gay life through time, from bars and nightlife, bookstores, cinemas, and churches. Utilizing digitized data and visualizations from the site, Mapping the Gay Guides presents a historical analysis of the changing ways that gay spaces were defined. Guests will receive an email shortly after purchase with the Zoom meeting link, Meeting ID, and password. Please check junk mail before requesting assistance from the MuseumShop email below.
Historic Alexandria is partnering with Alexandria Historical Society to bring you their monthly lecture series. Mark Tabbert, Director of the Library and Museum Collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association, presents "A Short History of Shuter’s Hill and the Construction of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial." Tabbert has a master’s degree in America history and has worked in museums in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Lexington, MA. His most recent book is "George Washington’s Rule for Freemasons in Life and Lodge" and his current book will document George Washington’s membership in, and relationship with, Freemasonry. Titled "‘A Deserving Brother’: George Washington and Freemasonry," it will be published by the University of Virginia Press next year. Guests will receive an email shortly after purchase with the Zoom meeting link, Meeting ID, and password. Please check junk mail before requesting assistance from the MuseumShop email below.
Create your own commercial to make your voice heard! Participants will learn about media and its influence in our life through a tour of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum’s collections, then use their media-know-how to create a Public Service Announcement on a topic of their choosing. From crafting a powerful message to storyboarding to digital movie tips, everyone will be prepared to create an amazing PSA of their own that will be featured during the final session.Campers will need to complete daily filming and editing outside of class time, with teachers available for feedback and support. While fun for anyone wanting to learn more about messaging and digital movies, this session is designed to complete all requirements for the Cadette Girl Scout Media Journey and the Digital Movie Maker Badge and many of the requirements for the Scouts BSA Moviemaking Merit Badge. Scholarships are available. For rising 6th through 9th graders
Want a better future for all of us? D.I.Y. your part! Explore the cultural history of our area and take a closer look at our relationship with the natural environment. Through a series of fun and easy D.I.Y. projects using everyday items, we will investigate the roots of change in our nation’s first 250 years. Learn lessons from the past with the help of science to create a more sustainable way forward. You can make a better community one project at a time.

Each week is different but will explore the history of nature and our relationship with it through the lens of different plants we eat; earth, air, & water; and animals we depend on. Each day includes group challenges, a project that uses items typically found around home, and fascinating facts that connect our past to our present through nature. An optional add-on camp kit is available for purchase to extend the fun.

These sessions complete some of the requirements for the Cadette Girl Scout Trees Badge, Senior Girl Scout Locavore Badge, and Scouts BSA Sustainability and American Heritage Merit Badges.
Scholarships are available. For rising 6th through 9th graders
Want a better future for all of us? D.I.Y. your part! Explore the cultural history of our area and take a closer look at our relationship with the natural environment. Through a series of fun and easy D.I.Y. projects using everyday items, we will investigate the roots of change in our nation’s first 250 years. Learn lessons from the past with the help of science to create a more sustainable way forward. You can make a better community one project at a time.

Each week is different but will explore the history of nature and our relationship with it through the lens of different plants we eat; earth, air, & water; and animals we depend on. Each day includes group challenges, a project that uses items typically found around home, and fascinating facts that connect our past to our present through nature. An optional add-on camp kit is available for purchase to extend the fun.

These sessions complete some of the requirements for the Cadette Girl Scout Trees Badge, Senior Girl Scout Locavore Badge, and Scouts BSA Sustainability and American Heritage Merit Badges.
Scholarships are available. For rising 6th through 9th graders