Past Events
February 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

Alexandria spent four years as an occupied city. During that time, daily life became quite different for residents who remained in the city, and in many cases, the war changed the course of women’s lives. Women of Alexandria, from Antebellum to the 20th Century will illuminate an important side of the city’s history that we feel has been under-investigated: the effect of the Civil War on...

February 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Wings from Chains is an open call competition inviting artists to consider women’s roles and responsibilities in society – yesterday, today, and tomorrow – and to explore the transformation from oppression to liberation, shame to pride, and drudgery into art. Free.

Exhibit generously sponsored by TTR | Sotheby's...

February 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

During the Civil War, Alexandria became a Union occupied logistics and medical center. In that time, the Athenaeum was briefly employed as a Union hospital and later as the Headquarters of the Union Commissary General. Alexandria Historian Tom Schultz of DC Military Tours will discuss the heroism and challenges that Alexandria doctors and nurses experienced in ministering to the wounded, and the...

January 31, 2016 - 3:00pm

Suzanne Stryk's works are a series of assemblages inspired by Thomas Jefferson's book Notes on the State of Virginia. She travelled the state and visited places he described, met with local guides, and created these works based on her reflections. The work is both artistically excellent and appealing to anyone interested in the history and ecology of Virginia. This exhibit generously...

January 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

A staged reading of Pamela Leahigh's newest play Virginian Luxuries. One old home in Alexandria houses both the past and the present. Two families, one modern and one living during the Civil War, find that their stories are intertwined. Can our modern family escape the weight of slavery and the Confederacy? $15

January 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Meigs Hodge explores delta and Chicago blues through the music of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and more, as well as contemporary standards and original compositions. $15

January 10, 2016 - 1:00pm

Get ready for the Mercy Street premiere! George Combs, manager of Alexandria Library's Special Collections Branch, author Michael Lee Pope, and Callie Stapp of The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will introduce you to the history behind the PBS series. Free but please RSVP to or call 703-746-1721 (Barrett Library).

December 31, 2015 - 7:30pm

Dead Men’s Hollow is a local female-infused bluegrass band. The group draws its influences from bluegrass, country, blues, and gospel, and the result is a unique sound of tight harmony vocals backed by traditional bluegrass instrumentation: fiddle, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and guitar.

Performances at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 & 10:30pm
Tickets available through...

December 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

Join us for the opening reception on Notes on the State of Virginia, featuring works by Suzanne Stryk based on Thomas Jefferson's book of the same name.

Supported in part from a grant by the Puffin Foundation.

December 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join us for a solo performance of Dickens’ classic holiday tale! NYC actor/playwright Greg Oliver Bodine performs his critically acclaimed one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for a limited, one-night only engagement. This one-man play is based on the condensed version Dickens himself read on his historic reading tours, adapted for a unique theatrical experience. One...