The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum
In 1839, a group of gentlemen calling themselves The Alexandria Lyceum joined with the Alexandria Library Company to build a grand hall to provide a place for lectures, scientific experiments and quiet reading.
Eventually, the building itself became known as The Lyceum and, since that time, it has been a Civil War hospital, a private home, an office building and the nation's first Bicentennial Center. In 1985, The Lyceum became Alexandria's History Museum, providing exhibitions, school programs, lectures and concerts, volunteer opportunities and space for rental functions for the community. The Lyceum Museum Shop carries a wide variety of maps, books, note cards and special items related to Alexandria's history. The present-day Lyceum Company serves the museum as a membership and fund-raising organization.
This spring, we turn our attention to the end of the war, and its aftermath . . . the ways that Americans viewed the struggle by 1865, and began to form their own understanding of it even as veterans were still returning from battlefields. How would the nation heal this great wound? Has it entirely healed 150 years later? Join us for four lectures this Spring: March 4, April 30, May 21, and June 18. Each presentation will be held in the Lecture Hall of The Lyceum at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested for each program; $17 for all four if booked in advance. Seating is limited, so please reserve your space early by visiting the Historic Alexandria Museum Store online, in person, or by calling The Lyceum at 703.746.4994.
This teapot, in The Lyceum’s Howard W. Smith, Jr. Collection, demonstrates the beautiful and high quality work produced by Charles A. Burnett. Burnett, born in Virginia in 1769 was working by 1790. Although the reference has been lost, according to tradition he advertised in Alexandria in 1793. Burnett moved his shop to Georgetown by 1800, where he produced and retailed silver for close to fifty years.
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