May 26, 7:30PM - Jewish History of Old Town Alexandria

From the first Jewish immigrants to Alexandria in the 1850s to a thriving microcosm of Jewish life today, Jewish Alexandrians have helped shape and been shaped by their city. This talk will introduce audiences to several Jewish synagogues, merchants, Civil War soldiers, and mayors, and uncover history hidden in plain site along King Street and the surrounding area. To register for the virtual talk, please visit the City of Alexandria events page.

Mark Livingston, a computer scientist by profession, has been a volunteer tour guide for the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum (formerly the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington) since 2004.  He helped author the walking tour CJM offers of Jewish Old Town Alexandria and has led the tour since its inception.  He resided in Alexandria from 2001 through 2016.

June 23, 7:30PM - A Short History of Shuter’s Hill and the Construction of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Mark Tabbert has a master’s degree in America history and has worked in museums in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Lexington, MA. In 2006, he became the Director of the Library and Museum Collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. He is the author of four books: American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities; Museum and Memorial: Ten Years of Masonic Writings and with Prof. William D. Moore; and Secret Societies in America: Foundational Studies of Fraternalism. His most recent book is George Washington’s Rule for Freemasons in Life and Lodge. As a Freemason, Tabbert was raised in Malta Lodge No. 318 in Burlington, IA in 1998. He is a Past Master of Mystic Valley Lodge, Arlington, Massachusetts and is member of several other Masonic bodies as well has holding honorary memberships in several American lodges of research. His current book will document George Washington’s membership in, and relationship with, Freemasonry. Titled ‘A Deserving Brother’: George Washington and Freemasonry, it will be published by the University of Virginia Press next year. To complete this book, he was a 2018 Research Fellow at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.