Alexandria Celebrates Women’s History Month

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Alexandria Celebrates Women’s History Month

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2018

The City of Alexandria is hosting a variety of events to recognize Women’s History Month in March. The observance had its origins as a national celebration in 1981, when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

The Lyceum World War I Lecture Series

World War I Lecture SeriesVisit The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum (201 S. Washington St.), to attend two lectures about women's contributions to the World War I efforts. Lectures are scheduled for March 15 and 22. March 15  is "'Doing Our Bit' (While Having a Bit of Fun): American Nurses in World War I," by Marian Moser Jones; and March 22 is "Sowing the Seeds of Victory: The Women's Land Army of America in Virginia and Washington DC, 1917-1920," by Anna Kiefer.

All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Purchase tickets at

Women's Civil War Day

Fort Ward Museum is presenting Civil War Women's Day on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Civil War reenactors will interpret the dress, skills, and contributions of women during the Civil War period with on-going displays and activities. The free program features a quilting demonstration, interpreters portraying the role of women in camp, on the battlefield and engaged in soldier relief efforts, and displays of period clothing and accessories. For more information, call 703.746.4848.

For media inquiries, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at or 703.746.3959.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, email or call 703.746.4554.

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