Social Media Events

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Time & Place Tweetup
November 19, 2016

This tweetup was held in partnership with the Office of the Arts to engage with the new Time & Place initiative. This unique public art program invited artists with research-based practices to create temporary public artworks in a variety of media at sites managed by the Office of Historic Alexandria. The first exhibition of this initiative took place at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. 

John, George & Frank Tweetup
October 28, 2014 

This tweetup will be held in partnership with Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. See the original Francis Scott Key manuscript for our National Anthem, learn about the War of 1812 history at Mount Vernon, and discover how John Gadsby relates to it all! Participants will see rarely viewed letters of the collection, hear about archival conservation, and venture into the vault that houses the likes of George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress and Martha Washington’s Bible.

Congressional Cemetery Tweetup
November 10, 2013 

This tweetup was held in partnership with Historic Congressional Cemetery and provided an opportunity to learn about John Gadsby and his final resting place at Congressional Cemetery. John Gadsby’s impact on hospitality goes beyond Alexandria, VA and is embodied in his large, stately vault. At Congressional Cemetery, participants heard about its history, its preservation story, its beauty, and how to safely clean historic headstones. After a short tutorial, participants tried out their newfound skills.  Although held in a cemetery, this event was sensitive to the nature of its surroundings. 

Ice Well Tweetup
July 1, 2012

This tweetup was an opportunity to raise awareness of the Museum’s 18th century refrigerator -- the historic Ice Well -- currently under restoration. This Ice Well played an important role in Alexandria’s hospitality industry and helped attract the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson through its doors. At the Tweetup, participants learned more about this hospitality history of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and climbed down into Ice Well itself for special refreshments!  The event took place at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town.

Salon Tweetup with President James Madison
Jan. 29, 2012

The City's first-ever tweetup provided a unique opportunity to learn about our nation’s history through the eyes of our fourth President. This in-depth access to James Madison helped illuminate his presidency and ultimately how his decisions impacted the movement toward the War of 1812.  The event took place at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town, and included a session with Mayor Euille and other City officials to discuss the City's use of social media.


What is a tweetup?

A tweetup is an in-person meeting of people who use Twitter to engage with a particular organization or about a particular topic.  Some tweetups are hosted by companies, government agencies, or non-profit groups, and others are simply organized by people interested in the same subject.  Tweetups may be informal get-togethers with no program or agenda, or they may provide tweetup participants with access to special speakers, tours, or other events.  And of course, tweetups involve a lot of tweeting before, during, and after the event!

What is an Alexandria Tweetup?

An Alexandria Tweetup is a tweetup hosted in whole or in part by the City of Alexandria.  As a government agency, the City's goals for hosting tweetups are to educate participants about City services and issues; receive feedback on topics of concern to the community; and broaden the reach of City communications.

How do I register for an Alexandria Tweetup?

Details about upcoming tweetups will be linked from this page, above.  Each tweetup will have a registration form that is available during a limited registration period.  After registration closes, participants will be chosen and everyone who registered will be promptly notified.  Registering multiple times will not improve your chances of being selected.

Who is eligible to participate in an Alexandria Tweetup?

To participate in an Alexandria Tweetup, you should be an active user of Twitter who follows @AlexandriaVaGov and is interested in the subject of the tweetup.  Certain tweetups may broaden this requirement to permit other social media services, as well.  You may be expected to follow additional Twitter accounts related to the tweetup.  Any other requirements will be noted for a particular tweetup.

Registration for an Alexandria Tweetup indicates that if you are selected to participate, you intend to travel to the site of the tweetup, attend the entire event in person, and follow all event rules.  You are responsible for all costs related to your travel, accommodations, meals, and other expenses, unless an exception is noted for a particular tweetup.