Alexandria Historical Society

Alexandria Historical Society The Alexandria Historical Society is dedicated to researching, recording, discussing, and publishing every aspect of Alexandria’s contributions to the nation.

The society was founded in 1974. Membership benefits are numerous, including lectures by outstanding speakers, publications relating to local history, and special events, including receptions, meetings, and tours. In addition, a ten percent discount will be given to members in The Lyceum Museum Shop. Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of September, October, March, April, May and June.

Don't forget! Cindy Kierner's talk, "“We Cannot be Tame Spectators: Three Centuries of Virginia Women’s History” i...
05/15/2019

Don't forget! Cindy Kierner's talk, "“We Cannot be Tame Spectators: Three Centuries of Virginia Women’s History” is next Wednesday at 7:30PM at the Lyceum. For more information, click here: http://alexandriahistorical.org/events/.

We Cannot Be Tame Spectators: Three Centuries of Virginia Women’s HistoryMay 22, 2019, 7:30 PM at the LyceumCindy Kier...
05/03/2019

We Cannot Be Tame Spectators: Three Centuries of Virginia Women’s History

May 22, 2019, 7:30 PM at the Lyceum

Cindy Kierner, professor of history at George Mason University, will speak about Virginia women, including those who have made history that is both important and inspiring. As entrepreneurs and laborers, wives and mothers, educators and reformers, women—both famous and lesser-known—have influenced the course of history in the Old Dominion. Dr. Kierner is the co-author of Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries (with Jennifer R. Loux and Megan Taylor Shockley). This engaging narrative reveals a history of Virginia women whose rights and choices have increased over time: enslaved women became free; wives became property-owners; women of all races attained greater access to education, suffrage, and other basic civil rights. Progress has not always been steady and improvements have varied by class, race, and region. Virginia’s women have created an evocative legacy. Dr. Kierner will share their stories.

Only two more days until Dr. Zachary Schrag's "Thinking Big: Lessons from the Washington Metro" at the Lyceum starting a...
03/25/2019

Only two more days until Dr. Zachary Schrag's "Thinking Big: Lessons from the Washington Metro" at the Lyceum starting at 7:30PM. To register, click here: http://alexandriahistorical.org/events/

Want to learn more about Metro and the problems it has faced, both past and present? Attend Alexandria Historical Societ...
03/08/2019

Want to learn more about Metro and the problems it has faced, both past and present?

Attend Alexandria Historical Society's upcoming talk!

Title: "Thinking Big: Lessons from the Washington Metro"
When: Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30PM
Where: Lyceum
Sign Up: http://alexandriahistorical.org/events/

Want to learn more about the history of public transportation and the current problems that Alexandria faces? Sign up fo...
02/26/2019
Events – Alexandria Historical Society

Want to learn more about the history of public transportation and the current problems that Alexandria faces? Sign up for Alexandria Historical Society's upcoming talk on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30PM at the Lyceum!!!

Dr. Zachary Schrag's "Thinking Big: Lessons from the Washington Metro" (http://alexandriahistorical.org/events/). Image: Courtesy of Osama Bhutta on Flickr.

09/26/2018

Don't forget! Tonight is Dr. Jeffrey Sammons's talk, "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War," at the Lyceum. The talks begins at 7:30pm, and doors open at 7:00pm.

May lecture in action!
05/23/2018

May lecture in action!

05/23/2018

You won't want to miss tonight's lecture with Andrew Friedman. Come early for some treats!

Early registration for AHS members only!  "A Free Screening and Discussion of the Film: Rosenwald"Shop.Alexadndriava.gov
04/19/2018

Early registration for AHS members only!
"A Free Screening and Discussion of the Film: Rosenwald"
Shop.Alexadndriava.gov

10/21/2017
The Alexandria Shop

Looking for a Saturday activity?

Reminder, Sweet as Sin, an interactive lecture and tasting, with treat bag, and book signing will be on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The lecture will focus on the role of African Americans in the sugar trade and candy making business. Please see attached flyer.

Reservations are required: https://shop.alexandriava.gov
Cost: $15

10/11/2017

Members, last chance to register for the “From Slavery to Freedom” bus tour in November before the event opens to the public! Check out the AHS website.

09/22/2017

Don't forget about Wednesday's lecture by Dan Lee! Note the change in location to the Lloyd House.

Two free events at the Alexandria Black History Museum this Saturday and next Tuesday:Plantations of VirginiaA Free Book...
09/19/2017

Two free events at the Alexandria Black History Museum this Saturday and next Tuesday:

Plantations of Virginia
A Free Book Signing and Lecture with
Jai Williams and Charlene Giannetti

Forgotten Warriors of the Empire: A Documentary on the Unsung African Heroes of World War II

Reservations Encouraged: 703.746.4356

Thanks again to Mark Tooley for a deep dive into the 1861 Washington Peace Conference!
05/25/2017

Thanks again to Mark Tooley for a deep dive into the 1861 Washington Peace Conference!

05/22/2017

Don't forget about Wednesday's lecture as you plan your week! 7:30pm @ Lyceum

2017 AHS Awards Ceremony
05/08/2017

2017 AHS Awards Ceremony

04/26/2017

Today is the day we honor our award recipients! See you at 7:30pm.

Did you know that Fairfax county hosts one of Frank Lloyd Wright's single-family homes? Click this link for upcoming eve...
04/11/2017
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Alexandria home plans celebratory events

Did you know that Fairfax county hosts one of Frank Lloyd Wright's single-family homes? Click this link for upcoming events!

In preparation for his 150th birthday, one of his single-family houses plans on hosting a number of celebratory events during the month of June.

04/04/2017

2 days until tasty hor d'oeuvres and a whiskey tasting at George Washington's distillery. Grab a ticket now so you're guaranteed a spot!

03/31/2017
Alexandria Historical Society - A Neighborly Visit: A Special Evening at Mt. Vernon

18 places remain if you want to join in on this behind-the-scenes tour of Mt. Vernon w/ a whiskey tasting to boot!

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09/27/2016

Come to our lecture tomorrow night at 7:30pm! "From Arlandria to Chirilagua: The Remaking of a Northern Virginia Neighborhood, 1960s – 1980s"
Dr. Krystyn Moon, Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, will explore a neighborhood that reflects how American immigration and Cold War policies changed the demographics of Northern Virginia. In 1938, Arlandria was home to thousands of white middle‐class government workers, but by the 1960s, floods, violence, white flight and stagnation characterized the neighborhood. In 1975, refugees began to make Arlandria their home and the neighborhood soon acquired the nickname “Chirilagua” after a community in El Salvador.

05/12/2016

Did you know that the Alexandria Historical Society offers programs that span over 260 years?! Come join us on Wednesday, May 25th at 7:30pm for a lecture on the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in. Admission is free if you are a member, $5 for all others.

04/27/2016

Our Annual History Awards are TOMORROW night! Not only is this a great chance to celebrate local high school students and historians, but our keynote speaker, Benjamin Skolnik, will be discussing the recent discovery of a 200 year old ship in Old Town at the site of John Carlyle's warehouse.

04/13/2016

The Annual Alexandria History Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:30pm at the Lyceum. The T. Michael Miller Award will be presented to George K. Combs, Retired Branch Manager Special Collections at Barrett Library and the Keynote Speaker will be Benjamin Skolnik, City of Alexandria Archaeologist. See more info on our website: https://alexandriahistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/event-2088804

01/21/2016

Please note: Our January 30th "Real Mercy Street" event is SOLD OUT. Please do not contact the Carlyle House to ask about tickets. If you are interested in us holding a repeat program in the future, please e-mail [email protected].

10/28/2015

Don't miss our lecture tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Lyceum.

10/26/2015
Gunston Hall

Don't miss Gunston Hall's symposium on November 5th- "The Architecture of Democracy"
http://www.gunstonhall.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58

Gunston Hall was once the center of a 5,500-acre tobacco and corn plantation. Its owner, George Mason IV (1725-1792), was a fourth generation Virginian who became a senior statesman and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, Mason was among the first to call for such fundamental American libe…

10/02/2015

Some upcoming programs around town:

-Huntley Farm: How Contemporary Trends Influenced the Cultural Landscape-
http://www.historichuntley.org/Upcoming_Events.html

-Dr.Garrett Fesler: Shields’s Folly: A Tavern & Bathhouse in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
Saturday, October 3 at 10 am- James Lee Community Center Auditorium- 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church

Don't miss tonight's event!https://alexandriahistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/event-1950367
09/23/2015
Alexandria Historical Society - Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to...

Don't miss tonight's event!
https://alexandriahistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/event-1950367

The Alexandria Historical Society presents David L. Preston, Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at the Citadel, who will offer a re-interpretation of General Edward Braddock's Expedition of 1755 and focus on a unique set of characters that includes George Washington and Benjamin Frankli…

Ever wonder about the fake food at our local museums?
09/19/2015

Ever wonder about the fake food at our local museums?

If you hadn’t noticed the last time you took a tour, our faux food and drink in the 1785 tavern building was looking a bit sad and very “faux.” Some of the items actually pre-date Gretchen (which is saying something)! The Museum began work on this project late last year and after surviving Fire + Ice 2015, it is back on track! The first wave of items has arrived including new punch, lemons + rinds, and glasses of claret and madeira. Come for a tour and see the beginning of these exciting changes!

An excellent Washington Post article about the new PBS series, Mercy Street, which is set in Alexandria and based on the...
09/13/2015
An exclusive look at ‘Mercy Street,’ PBS’s new Civil War medical drama

An excellent Washington Post article about the new PBS series, Mercy Street, which is set in Alexandria and based on the research of local historians. Come here those historians speak and explore the real Mercy Street's Mansion House hospital at our event in January. Register here! https://alexandriahistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/event-2044704


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2015/09/03/an-exclusive-look-at-mercy-street-pbss-new-civil-war-medical-drama/

PBS is drawing on its successes with "The Civil War" and "Downton Abbey" in "Mercy Street," a new Civil War medical drama that premieres in January.

06/24/2015

Alexandria recently had an exciting election. Did you vote? Can you imagine having to vote aloud in front of everyone? That was the case in Alexandria in the 19th century. Don't miss our lecture "Viva Voce Voting in Alexandria" TONIGHT at 7:30 at the Lyceum in Old Town. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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