New Perspectives on the Old Waterfront: Early Wharves of Alexandria

Abby Schreiber, research historian for the Office of Historic Alexandria, will present the Alexandria Historical Society’s October lecture highlighting the history of the city’s waterfront in the core of Old Town. Her painstaking and meticulous research has revealed rich detail not only about the historic owners and creators of the filled land that led to the current configuration of the waterfront, but also about the lives and roles of women, enslaved workers and unfree workers in the area whose labor contributed so much to the building of our city. Among other uses, her work will help the Office of Historic Alexandria determine potential archaeological concerns as the city plans their flooding remediation. Don’t miss this lecture, which will focus on a few of the fascinating stories uncovered through Abby’s research.

Abby is an award-winning public historian who specializes in economic history and material culture in the Early Republic. She has worked on the role of merchants in early Baltimore through novel means of social network analysis. With the Homewood Museum in Baltimore, she has researched and developed “Families of Homewood,” an interpretive tour of the historic house that centers on the lives of enslaved people. Abby holds a masters in American material culture from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in early U.S. history from The Ohio State University.

Tickets are available at the door, $5 for non-members and free to members of the Alexandria Historical Society. Memberships can be purchased or renewed at the event. Light refreshments will be served.

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