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The Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA)

FOAA marching in the GW Birthday Parade

The Friends of Alexandria Archaeology is a not-for-profit organization formed to support Alexandria Archaeology and to provide opportunities to participate in the excitement of uncovering the past.

How to Join FOAA

Purchase your FOAA membership online from The Alexandria Shop.

Membership levels are

  • Individual - - - - - -  $20
  • Family - - - - - - - -  $25
  • Sponsor - - - - - - - $50
  • Corporate - - - - - -$500

When you become a Friend of Alexandria Archaeology, you will receive:

  • Alexandria Archaeology Volunteer News, an occasional newsletter with volunteer activities, upcoming events, articles on Alexandria history and archaeology, and reports on digs and lab projects. Members receive the latest issue by  email.
  • FOAA ListServ notification of activities and volunteer opportunities, including seminars and field trips to see archaeology in action.
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party invitation.
  • Museum Shop 15% discounts on all Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) shop merchandise, does not include membership or event tickets. You must notify cashier of your membership status.

FOAA History

Early in 1986, a small group of Alexandria Archaeology volunteers met to discuss the possibility of creating a "Friends" group. The group sought ways in which to expand the volunteer opportunities in Alexandria Archaeology. An ad hoc steering committee sponsored a contest that April to choose a name and logo for the organization and the recruitment of members began. Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, and public recruitment were discussed, and a volunteer Board of Directors was created. In the years that followed, the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology has succeeded in providing volunteer opportunities and increasing public awareness of archaeology.


FOAA Mission and Goals

The board of Friends of Alexandria Archaeology has adopted the following mission statement:


To develop a common movement for the appreciation and conservation of Alexandria Archaeology
and its place in the continuity of human experience.


  • Expand Friends of Alexandria Archaeology organizational framework
  • Develop human and financial resources
  • Conduct an effective educational and community awareness program
  • Promote Friends of Alexandria Archaeology and archaeology
  • Serve as an advocate for archaeology in Alexandria and elsewhere

FOAA Programs and Activities

Here are some FOAA programs and activities, past and present.

Lectures and Tours 

  • Behind-the-scenes tours of local archaeology-related sites.
  • Lectures by archaeologists from the Washington area and from around the world, including Egypt and Easter Island.
  • "Java Jolts," informal coffee mornings in the museum, with guest speakers.

Financial Support 

  • FOAA presented a yearly scholarship for Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp.
  • FOAA presents a yearly gift to the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. This has been used for special projects such as exhibits, printing, purchasing specialized equipment, and conservation.
  • FOAA members have assisted with preserving artifacts through the Conservation Fund.

Members also assist with: 

  • Family Dig Days at the Shuter’s Hill site.
  • Open Houses during Virginia Archaeology Month.
  • Holiday Ornament Workshop, during the annual Scottish Walk. Visitors decorated cookie-dough ornaments shaped like artifacts from the collection.
  • Marching in Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Parade. Featured attractions have included an award winning float and a "precision" trowel and bucket drill team.
  • Co-hosting the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party.

Annual Report

The FOAA Annual Meeting is held each year in March. All members are welcome to attend. An Annual Report keeps members and the FOAA Board up to date on Friends activities and budget.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum
105 N. Union Street, #327
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6491

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m
Monday, Closed

Office Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
by appointment