Alexandria Historical Society  

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Upcoming events

    • 23 May 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Lyceum, 201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

    Exploring the Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial

    Dr. Andrew Friedman, author of Exploring the Covert Capital

    U.S. foreign policy after World War II played out to an extraordinary degree not in Foggy Bottom or on Capitol Hill, but in the northern Virginia suburbs. [Andrew Friedman’s Exploring the Covert Capital looks at the ways in which northern Virginia's suburban landscape furnished cover for clandestine activity during the height of the Cold War. International intrigue played out in lush neighborhoods, next to a pool and with a martini in hand. Or--in one of our local watering holes, such as O’Toole’s and the Vienna Inn. Safe houses abounded, using the privacy of our leafy suburbs to hide CIA operatives. The suburbs of northern Virginia were the venue where the clandestine elements of U.S. foreign policy were put into motion, resulting in lasting changes not only to northern Virginia but also the nation. 

    • 27 June 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria, VA 22301
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    Exploring the History of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial

    Tim Winkel, Curator

    National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

    "The stupendous works of the Great Architect": Exploring the History of the Alexandria Museum


    Under the auspices of Alexandria Washington Lodge No 22, the Alexandria Museum was established in 1812 and became a public venue for the preservation and display of a range of artifacts, from natural history specimens and ethnographic collections to material related to George Washington and the young Republic.  The presentation will explore the origins of the collection, its history through the 19th century, and its unique place in history of American museums.



    Tim Winkle is the Archivist for the collections held by Alexandria Washington Lodge No. 22 and serves as a curator with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where he specializes in the history of firefighting and community organizations, including fraternal groups.  Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2005, he worked at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry at the United Grand Lodge of England.  Tim holds an MA in Museum Studies from University College London (2002) as well as an MA in Popular Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University (1998).  He is currently researching the role of fraternal organizations in the establishment and growth of museums in the early Republic.

    Directions on the evening of the event:

    Guests may enter by the side entrance starting at 7:00pm and will be escorted to the Grand Hall and up to the Observation Deck for the great view offered by the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. The lecture begins at 7:30pm. Afterwards, Tim Winkle will be staying in one of the museum's rooms with artifacts to answers questions. 

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