The Alexandria Historical Society promotes an active interest in American history, particularly in Alexandria and the Washington metropolitan area.




Membership includes lectures by prominent speakers, publications relating to local history, and special events, including receptions and tours. In addition, members receive a ten percent discount in The Alexandria Shop at the Lyceum. Lectures take place on the fourth Wednesday of September, October, March, April, May and June.

The society is an all volunteer, non-profit organization, and has no office space, office hours, phones, or paid staff. The society is not a library and does not have any collections. For any research inquiries, please check our list of Resources.

The Alexandria Historical Society was founded in 1974.


The Board of Directors has unanimously recommended that the Society adopt (1) the amended and restated bylaws (the “Proposed Bylaws”) and (2) the articles of amendment to the Society’s articles of incorporation (the “Proposed Articles”). The Proposed Bylaws are intended to replace the current constitution and bylaws of the Society, which were drafted in 2003 and last updated in 2012. The Proposed Articles are intended to amend the Society’s articles of incorporation—only to the extent necessary under Virginia law—to allow the governance changes in the Proposed Bylaws. In an effort to provide maximum flexibility for the Board to effectuate the intent of the organization as easily as possible, the Proposed Bylaws and Proposed Articles reflect best practices recommended by our legal counsel.

The Board of Directors has voted to call two Regular Membership Meetings to adopt the Proposed Bylaws and Proposed Articles, as is required under the amendment provisions in the current bylaws and required by applicable Virginia law. The two Regular Membership Meetings (with the second being deemed an annual meeting) shall be held on the same day, April 6, 2021. The first Regular Membership Meeting shall be held from 6:00pm ET to 6:15pm ET at which time the President presiding at the meeting shall introduce the Proposed Bylaws and open the floor for any questions. The second Regular Membership Meeting shall commence immediately following adjournment of the first meeting, at which time the floor will be re-opened to discuss any questions regarding the Proposed Bylaws. Following discussion at the second meeting, a vote of the Members will be held to (1) repeal the current constitution and bylaws, (2) adopt the Proposed Bylaws and (3) adopt the Proposed Articles, (4) approve and reaffirm the current Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 term, and (5) approve the next set of Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 term. The Board of Directors unanimously recommends all Members attend the meetings and vote in favor of both the Proposed Bylaws and the Proposed Articles. Current Constitution and Bylaws can be found here.

The Proposed Bylaws are being mailed to all Members ahead of the April 6, 2021 meetings for your review. The Meetings will be held as video webinar meetings via Zoom due to Covid-19. Meeting login information will be included as part of the above referenced mailing.