Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fort Ward is hosting a free Civil War 150th anniversary concert.
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site is hosting a concert Saturday. The Civil War 150th concert features the Federal City Brass Band performing in the amphitheater May 18 at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend. The Federal City Brass Band recreates the sound and appearance of a regular U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. A selection of mid-19th Century songs will be performed on original brass instruments. For more information, visit www.fortward.org or call 703-746-4848.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Learn about Civil War reenactment.
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site is presenting Civil War Recruiting Day — a perfect time to learn about Civil War reenacting. The free event will be held Feb. 9 when soldiers and civilians of the 3rd U.S. Regular Infantry, Company K, will be on hand between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to talk about period clothing and equipment, demonstrate drills, and explain the variety of roles that military and civilian interpreters can portray. Visitors can also inquire about how to join local reenactment units and learn what kind of clothing and equipment a novice reenactor requires. The snow date is Feb. 23. Nearly 50,000 men, women and children across the United States enjoy the hobby of Civil War reenacting. As individuals, couples and families, …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Alexandria Civil War site features a patriotic Santa Claus, living history interpreters, Victorian decorations, craft activities for children, and tours of the historic fort.
Fort Ward Museum is offering visitors the opportunity to learn how Christmas was observed during the Civil War by attending its annual "Christmas in Camp" open house. The family-oriented event on Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. features a patriotic Santa Claus, living history interpreters, Victorian decorations, craft activities for children and tours of the fort. The suggested donation is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The program features a Civil War-era Santa Claus, based on a wartime image popularized by artist Thomas Nast, who will read "The Night Before Christmas" to children and listen to their Christmas wishes. Santa also will visit troops in camp, just as he did on the 1863 cover of Harper's Weekly. The museum will be decorated …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
City's Office of Historic Alexandria has applied for its museum system to become accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The Office of Historic Alexandria got the go-ahead from City Council to move forward on its plan to have its entire museum system accredited. Council on Tuesday approved OHA’s five-year plan as an element required by the American Association of Museums’ accreditation process and authorized the city manager to execute any necessary and related documentation. Of the more than 17,500 museums in the United States, only about 4 percent are accredited and only about 1 percent of museum systems are accredited. The accreditation, which recognizes nationally recognized standards and best practices by the museum profession, would be valid for 15 years. The American Association of Museums has twice accredited three Alexandria museums—Gadsby’s Tavern …