March 24, 7:30PM - Virtual Lecture: Virginia Theological Seminary Reparations Endowment Fund

In September 2019, Virginia Theological Seminary announced the creation of a reparations endowment fund and the intent to research, uncover, and recognize African Americans who toiled under the oppression of VTS during slavery and throughout the Jim Crow era. This lecture will explore the research findings and implementation of VTS’ Reparations Program. 

Ebonee Davis is a public historian with a passion for sharing and preserving Black history. She holds a MA in Museum Studies & Historical Preservation from Morgan State University and is currently pursuing her PhD in African Diaspora History at Howard University. For nearly 15 years, Davis has operated within the field of public history; working for local, state, and national institutions in the Americas and Africa. In 2017, Davis began working at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) as the Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC), and in 2020 she transitioned to VTS’ Office of Multicultural Ministries. As the Associate for Multicultural Ministries Programming and Historical Research for Reparations, Davis coordinates the research efforts of VTS’ Reparations Program and works directly with the program’s descendant families. Register for the webinar at the link provided.

April 6, 6:00PM - Members Only Meeting to Vote on Proposed Bylaws

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.  

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.

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.