Congressional Cemetery Tweetup - Nov. 10, 2013

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Historic Congressional Cemetery, November 10, 2013

What is a tweetup?  Why does the City of Alexandria host tweetups?
For general information, please see Alexandria Tweetups.

What is the goal of this event?
The goal of tweetups at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, is to allow people to interact in person and via Twitter with the Museum and its related history & events. This tweetup will be held in partnership with Historic Congressional Cemetery and will provide 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 will hear about its history, its preservation story, its beauty, and then learn how to safely clean historic headstones. After a short tutorial, participants will be able to try out their newfound skills.  Although held in a cemetery, this event will be sensitive to the nature of its surroundings. 

What is included in this tweetup? 

This tweetup will be hosted at Historic Congressional Cemetery (1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC), from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and includes the following program:

  • 1 pm. - 1:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    John Gadsby and Congressional Cemetery
    • John Gadsby, his impact, and his final resting place
      • Liz Williams, Assistant Director, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
    • Go inside Gadsby’s family vault
    • The history, preservation and art of Congressional Cemetery
      • Margaret Puglisi, Vice President, Historic Congressional Cemetery
      • Lauren Maloy, Program Director, Historic Congressional Cemetery
    • Participate in cleaning of cemetery gravestones
    • Refreshments

How do I register?
The registration period for this tweetup opened on October 15, 2013, and closes on Thursday, October 31, 2013.  Registration is for one person and is not transferable.  Register now! 

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates that you intend to participate in the tweetup on November 10, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., if you are selected to participate.  You will bear any costs associated with travel, accommodations, or meals, other than refreshments served during the tweetup.  You must present valid, government-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license) when you check in at the tweetup.  Since there will be some walking and labor, please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. This tweetup will be held rain or shine.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
This event is designed for people who regularly interact with the City of Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, or Historic Congressional Cemetery on Twitter. Registration is open to those who follow @AlexandriaVAGov , @JohnGadsby, or @CongCemetery.

Does my registration include a guest?
No; each registration is for one person.  Feel free to encourage your friends to register, too!

How do I get to Historic Congressional Cemetery?
It is an easy 20-minute drive from Alexandria by taking I-295 to Pennsylvania Avenue, then bearing right in the traffic circle towards 17th Street. Parking is readily available on the nearby streets. If you prefer Metro, take the Orange/Blue line to Potomac Avenue Station, then walk three blocks east from 15th and Potomac. The Front Gate is located at 18th and Potomac.

What if I cannot come to Historic Congressional Cemetery, in Washington, D.C.?
If you cannot attend in person, you should not register for the tweetup. You can follow the tweetup on Twitter with the hashtags #AlexVATweetup and #JGatHCC. Follow @AlexandriaVAGov and @JohnGadsby for updates on upcoming tweetups.

When will I know if I am selected?
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum contacted everyone who registered, via email no later than Monday, November 4, 2013.  Additional instructions were included for those who were selected to participate.

How can I get more information about this event?
If you have a question or need more information, please Contact Us.

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