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.
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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.

03/27/2020

Due to the growing concern around COVID-19 AHS has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 spring program and lecture series. Wishing our community stays safe and healthy during this time and we hope to see you in the fall!

03/13/2020

With the health and wellness of our community at the forefront of our minds the Alexandria Historical Society has decided to postpone Dr. Tom Foster's talk, "Founding Fathers, Sexuality, and Public Memory," which was to be held on Wednesday, March 25, to a future date due to the growing concern around COVID-19. We will let everyone know about our future plans once we have a better understanding of the situation. For now, stay healthy and we hope to see you at a future AHS event.

Amazing turnout last night as Char Bah told us her story of the genealogical research she’s done on the Contrabands and ...
09/26/2019

Amazing turnout last night as Char Bah told us her story of the genealogical research she’s done on the Contrabands and Freedmen cemetery. To find out more on Char Bahs work check out her website www.findingthingsforu.com. Hope to see everyone next month October 23rd as we welcome our next speaker Douglas Sanford. Check out our website for more details!

AHS's first fall lecture will be Char Bah's "They Came for Freedom" on Wednesday, September 25 at the Lyceum at 7:30PM. ...
09/02/2019

AHS's first fall lecture will be Char Bah's "They Came for Freedom" on Wednesday, September 25 at the Lyceum at 7:30PM. The talk is based on her genealogical research for the City of Alexandria on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery, which has culminated into her second book, _The Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom_. Through eyewitness' reports and documented sources of the contrabands and freedmen who were buried at the Freedmen Cemetery, Ms. Bah will speak in their voice to their descendants about freedom.

Register here: http://alexandriahistorical.org/events/

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06/17/2019

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Eleanor Breen, Alexandria's City Archaeologist, will give a talk "The Early History of Seaport Alexandria: New Insights from Archaeology."

When & Where: Wednesday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Lyceum.

Members attend for free; non-members $5.

Come to Alexandria Historical Society's last lecture of the 2018-2019 Season!

Eleanor Breen, Alexandria's City Archaeologist, will give a talk "The Early History of Seaport Alexandria: New Insights ...
06/16/2019

Eleanor Breen, Alexandria's City Archaeologist, will give a talk "The Early History of Seaport Alexandria: New Insights from Archaeology."

When & Where: Wednesday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Lyceum.

Members attend for free; non-members $5.

Come to Alexandria Historical Society's last lecture of the 2018-2019 Season!

It's tonight!  Dr. Cindy Kierner will give her talk, "'We Cannot be Tame Spectators': Three Centuries of Virginia Women'...
05/22/2019

It's tonight! Dr. Cindy Kierner will give her talk, "'We Cannot be Tame Spectators': Three Centuries of Virginia Women's History" at the Alexandria Lyceum starting at 7:30PM.

Don't forget! Cindy Kierner's talk, "“We Cannot be Tame Spectators: Three Centuries of Virginia Women’s History” is next...
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 Kierne...
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!

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201 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA
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Looking for some help, does anyone recognize this woman? Rumored to be an Alexandria resident .
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I’m looking for assistance locating the Smith family. They both immigrated from Co. Londonderry to Alexandria, abt. 1798 where they died. Thomas Smith, cir. 1758 – d. 24 August 1803. The funeral was held September 7, 1803. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/141315618/thomas-smith His wife: Rebecca Smyth, nee Douglass cir. 1752 – d. Sept 13, 1803. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/141315457/rebecca-smith Looks like they had a stillborn child on; September 26, 1802. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/141286687/stillborn-smith Any help would be greatly appreciated. George Daniel Speer Sr. [email protected]
The Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University are hosting a lecture this Thu (10 Jan at 7:00) about the history of the Potomac and its impact on Northern Virginia.
I am researching the Maryland Campaign of 1862, which I believe began in Alexandria on August 26, 1862 when McClellan’s boat arrived there. The next day he made a headquarters camp just outside of Alexandria and I am trying to find out exactly where. If anyone has and idea where it was I would appreciate hearing about it, or anywhere you think I might go to research this topic. Thanks.
I had a relative who as a soldier spent time at the St. Paul's Church Hospital and the Fairfax Hospital in Alexandria in 1862 during the Civil War. I am looking for photos or images of those two hospitals that I could print with Civil War letters written from those two hospitals. Thanks!
I am doing genealogical research that takes me to Alexandria, VA. I am seeking any information on a Richard Dumont Emerson who was born in Alexandria on August 14th 1794. I haven't been able to locate his parents but he was married in 1815 in Fairfax county. Any information about this individual would be greatly appreciated......
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I have an 1840 photo of the "Dixon House" once located in the 300 block of N Washington St that is now occupied by the "300 Building." I picked it up at a 2nd hand store years and years ago and I am soon moving out of the area forever. I would like to donate it to a good home/cause as I have no use for it and the Lyceum was mildly interested. Would anybody have suggestions? Thanks.
Does anyone know where/how the neighborhood of Del Ray got it's name ?