Citizen Firefighters in Early Alexandria
Come join the bucket brigade! Volunteerism is an essential part of community life and citizenship; through their service, volunteers help our communities function, making them better places to live and work. As cities developed in the American colonies, fire companies were founded by citizens who were motivated by the threat of fire and a concern for their property and community. "Citizen Firefighters in Early Alexandria" explores how these citizen-volunteers were important early Alexandria.
Participants will learn how community volunteers fought fires in colonial and early nineteenth-century Alexandria; about the evolution of the group’s community role as they transitioned from an active fire company to fraternal organization; and about company membership, including the election of new and honorary members through voting. Participants see historic equipment actually used for fighting fires by the Friendship Fire Company and, through role play, learn colonial firefighting techniques. Participants will discuss and nominate new honorary members and vote to determine their selection. In conclusion, the museum teacher will encourage participants to think about how they can help their present-day communities.
The Friendship Commander giving
Ringing the bell to summon the Friendship
- Cost: $3 per student, payment due upon arrival with a minimum charge of $30. Alexandria City Public Schools admitted free of charge. Up to 1 adult for every 5 children is admitted free; additional adults $3 each. All teachers are admitted free of charge.
- Length: 60 minutes
- Limit: 25 students
Educational programs can be arranged Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. by appointment. To book a tour, telephone the Education Coordinator (at The Lyceum) at 703.746.4994, or through Alex311.