Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Archaeology After Dark: Cartography of a Port City

Thursday, June 13
The Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St.
6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
$12/person; $10 FOAA/OHA members

City of Alexandria Archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik presents a new take on the history of the city as told through 15 seldom-seen maps. Alexandria history is combined with the history of cartography to show the many ways people, including City Archaeologists, make and use maps.

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Archaeology After Dark: Fort Delaware and the Alexandria VCP

Thursday, May 9
The Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St.
6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
$12/person; $10 FOAA/OHA members

Lab Manager Kevin Bradley introduces the Alexandria Veterans Curation Program (VCP) and its unique mission to serve military veterans and rehabilitate at-risk United States Army Corps of Engineers archaeological collections. He will highlight the program’s preservation efforts of the Fort Delaware Civil War prison camp collection.

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Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

"Archaeology After Dark": Char Bah and Freedmen's Cemetery

Lloyd House

220 N. Washington Street

Alexandria

Char McCargo Bah will talk about her research at Freedmen’s Cemetery and her new book on what she learned. Books available for author signing.

Retired City Archaeologist Fran Bromberg with talk about the archaeology that went on at the site.

Refreshments served, it will be a fascinating evening.

$12 admission, $10 for FOAA members.

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Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Ship Biscuit Ornament Making

An almost completely intact ship's biscuit from the 18th centur

y was found in Alexandria last year. To commemorate, visitors can make their own ship's biscuit. Each biscuit will be stamped with the year and then baked at home to track its preservation.

Free, no registration, while supplies last.

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Oct
4
4:00 PM16:00

Virginia Association of Museums MeetUp and Happy Hour

Members of the Virginia Association of Museums are invited to the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to learn about Alexandria's waterfront history. Register for the meetup through http://www.vamuseums.org

In addition or instead, join the group for a Happy Hour at O'Connells, 112 King Sreet. Again, register through http://www.vamuseums.org

 

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

FOAA Happy Hour

Daniel O'Connells (Fitzgerald Room)

112 King Street, Alexandria

Very brief official business meeting, followed by an update from Alexandria Archaeology staff about this summer's excavations and programming.

Hope to see you there!

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Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Ship artifact viewing

Bottom of Wolfe Street in Old Town

Learn about and view remains of a newly discovered piece of 18th century ship, used to "fill" the Alexandria waterfront. (The remains will be kept wet for preservation while decisions made about what to do with them.) 

Archaeologists will be on hand to explain the find and answer questions.

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Java Jolt: "Riding with George:

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, #327

Philip Smucker’s new book, Riding with George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry in the Making of America’s First President, explores George Washington’s love for sports and games and how that passion led to his success on the battlefield and in national politics. According to the Washington Post, his highly-acclaimed new book successfully “confronts the marble, ossified immensity of the historical George Washington and strives to reveal the human side of America’s most legendary figure.” Join Friends of Alexandria Archaeology for a free Java Jolt lecture with Philip Smucker on Saturday, April 14 at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. 

Smucker is a native Alexandrian and was a Fellow at the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. Over his thirty-year career as a seasoned reporter, Smucker has worked as a conflict reporter, interviewed world leaders, and worked and written for numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, McClatchy Newspapers, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Asia Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Daily Telegraph, London.

A book signing will follow the lecture. Free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Email archaeology@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4399.

 

 

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Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Late Shift at the Factory: Uncovering the Waterfront

105 South Union Street (Torpedo Factory)

Alexandria’s past comes to life with help from the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Artists and innovators team up for a night of unearthed secrets, music, and trivia celebrating our region’s rich history.

Presented in collaboration with the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Free. No registration required. For more information, please call 703.746.4399

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Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Java Jolt: Meet the Author

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Torpedo Factory, 3rd Floor

 

Paula Whitacre, author of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose will discuss Wilbur's life, work in Civil War Alexandria, and the diary project that brought her words to life.

Free, light refreshments, book-signing

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Aug
30
5:00 PM17:00

FOAA Summer Social

Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant and Bar

112 King Street

Alexandria, 22314

There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of Alexandria Archaeology! Join current Friends of Alexandria Archaeology members and city archaeologists for happy hour on the second floor of Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar. Learn how you can support the preservation of the city’s archaeological heritage, and hear about the exclusive benefits offered to FOAA members.

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Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

Bon Voyage Event!

116 S. Quaker Lane (Bus Barn)

Free event, donations onsite encouraged

Join us in saying farewell to Alexandria’s 18th-century ship as she begins one last voyage before returning to her final port! The City of Alexandria has awarded Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Conservation Research Laboratory in College Station, Texas the contract to conserve the ship discovered by archaeologists during construction of the Hotel Indigo on the City’s historic waterfront. Once the multi-year conservation process is complete, the ship’s wooden timbers will be able to return to Alexandria for future generations to study and appreciate.

This family-friendly event will feature an opportunity to see the ship being packed for its journey to TAMU, interactive activities related to the ship and conservation process, and a ceremonial bottle breaking to celebrate the ship’s send-off.

The event is supported in part by the new Hotel Indigo! Additionally, the hotel is offering a "Save our Ship" promotion where guests can receive 15% off the room rate. A $10 donation goes to the Save Our Ship conservation fund.

Snag a late lunch or early dinner on the day of the event at Rocklands BBQ (just across the street at 25 S. Quaker Lane) – they will be contributing 20% of sales to the conservation of the ship!

 

Free but reservations are required. Proper footwear and close-toed shoes are recommended. Limited on-street parking is available – carpooling and public transport recommended. Reserve your tickets at www.shop.alexandriava.gov/Events.aspx. Donate to Save Our Ship today! www.shop.alexandriava.gov/MakeDonation.aspx?skuid=2004514

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Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

First look at Shuter's Hill Excavations for 2017!

Discover Archaeology at Shuter’s Hill

 

Get the first look at this year’s excavations at Shuter’s Hill, an 18th century urban plantation located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Visit the site on Saturday, June 3 to discuss recent findings and interpretations with city archaeologists and students from George Washington University. Excavations at the site have revealed structures dating before, during, and after the Civil War.

The family-friendly open house will be held at the top of the grassy hill behind the Masonic Memorial parking lot and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors arriving by car may park in the Masonic Memorial’s parking lot and walk up the grassy slope toward a large shade tree on top of the hill.

While on the grounds, consider visiting the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For more information, visit www.gwmemorial.org.

The archaeology open house is free and open to the public. For more information or in case of inclement weather, please call 703.746.4399.  

 

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

First look at Shuter's Hill Excavations for 2017!

Discover Archaeology at Shuter’s Hill

Get the first look at this year’s excavations at Shuter’s Hill, an 18th century urban plantation located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Visit the site on Saturday, June 3 to discuss recent findings and interpretations with city archaeologists and students from George Washington University. Excavations at the site have revealed structures dating before, during, and after the Civil War.

The family-friendly open house will be held at the top of the grassy hill behind the Masonic Memorial parking lot and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m). Visitors arriving by car may park in the Masonic Memorial’s parking lot and walk up the grassy slope toward a large shade tree on top of the hill.

While on the grounds, consider visiting the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For more information, visit www.gwmemorial.org.

The archaeology open house is free and open to the public. For more information or in case of inclement weather, please call 703.746.4399.  

 

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May
6
10:00 AM10:00

"Lost Alexandria"

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, #327

In celebration of Preservation Month, the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA) and Alexandria Archaeology Museum are hosting a free Java Jolt lecture. Jay Roberts will discuss his new book, Lost Alexandria: An Illustrated History of Sixteen Destroyed Homes in and Around Alexandria, Virginia. Learn about the houses and their environs, as well as the owners and dwellers including Colonel William Fairfax, Benjamin Hallowell, Portia Lee Hodgson, and John “Jacky” Parke Curtis. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Free and open to the public. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Reservations are required. Email archaeology@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4399.

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