On View at the Alexandria History Museum
Alexandria Hospital: Women Mobilize the Community
On Display in the Coldsmith Gallery.
Celebrating 150 years, Alexandria Hospital has been helping residents heal and feel better. This exhibit will highlight the civic-minded women and organizations that founded and supported the Hospital, as well as the services provided to the white and black community over the past 150 years.
Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present
The permanent exhibition, Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present explores the city from prehistoric times to the present. The exhibit is shown in the museum's two main galleries.
- From Prehistory to Antebellum Alexandria (North Gallery)
- From the Civil War to the Modern Era (South Gallery)
From Prehistory to Antebellum Alexandria
Clues To The Earliest Occupants
This section examines the area's Native American residents from approximately 10,000 B.C. until English contact in the 17th century. Numerous stone tools and a very rare piece of pottery recovered from early campsites are shown along with a bow and arrow and other tools that early people used to shape their environment.
Enterprising Beginnings is a look at the founding and commercial growth of Alexandria as a tobacco and grain port through the 18th- and early 19th-centuries, and includes the story of the British invasion in 1814, complete with an 1,800-pound carronade (or short-range cannon) from the same period.
Seaport City: The City Matures
The last area describes the culture and contributions of white and black Alexandrians in building the community before the Civil War.
From the Civil War to the Modern Era
An Occupied City: The Civil War Years
This area shows the tremendously disruptive impact of the war on Alexandria, which was seized by Union forces in May, 1861 and held for the duration.
Changing Fortunes: Reconstruction Through The Great Depression
This section documents the community's gradual recovery from wartime occupation and the beginnings of new industrial growth through the turn of the 20th century.
The City Looks To The Future: World War II To The Present
The last section reviews the many ways in which Alexandria has changed in this century, gradually becoming a suburb within the Washington metropolitan area.