One-hundred sixty years ago today, 1,000 U.S. soldiers marched into Alexandria, Virginia, before dawn. Abraham...Read More
I'm a sucker for a love story with a happy ending. I think I'm a fairly unconventional guy in this and many regards....Read More
Originally called Fairfax Parish, Alexandria Church, or "the church in the woods" because it was on the outskirts of...Read More
Civil War, Battery Rogers, Vowell-Smith house, Potomac River, George Mason Hotel, George Washington Masonic Memorial, Carlyle House, Gibson & Timberman, L'Ouverture Hospital, Waterfront Dining, Beachcombers Restaurant, Mansion House
There have been more than 6,000 visits to the OurHistoryMuseum blog since we launched it in December. Collectively,...Read More
Civil War, George Washington, Fairfax Street, Potomac River, Native Americans, Torpedo Factory, Post Card, Carlyle House, John Carlyle, General Edward Braddock, Mercy Street, Mansion House, James Green, French & Indian War, Fort Duquesne, Sally Fairfax, Cameron Street
From the French and Indian War to the American Revolution to the Civil War and in modern times, Carlyle House has...Read More
In the first days of the Civil War, Alexandria, Virginia, was almost immediately seized by Union troops without a...Read More
Civil War, Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Vernon, Fort Washington, Potomac River, Native Americans, Washington, D.C., Colonial Beach, Virginia, Fort Hunt, Fort Humphreys, Majestic Steamship, Stratford, Captain John Smith, Lord Fairfax, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, Episcopal Seminary, Torpedo Factory
In 1922 the Majestic Steamship would ferry passengers between Washington D.C. and the resort town of Colonial Beach,...Read More
Here is one of my favorite items in the OurHistoryMuseum collection. When this June 1, 1865 letter was written,...Read More
OurHistoryMuseum is a crowdsourced and virtual history museum that anyone can contribute to. We are prototyping with our hometown first — Alexandria, Virginia. The app will be available nationally in summer 2021. In the meantime, sign up for our blog or follow OHM on social media (both below) to keep updated.
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Our mission is to save history — it's preservation via digitization. We hope to capture images of old postcards, transcribe old letters, and make all photographs available for browsing. Our entire museum is virtual. Our app will be available for download sometime in the summer of 2021. We are producing a prototype, and our first test market will be Alexandria Virginia, our hometown. But this is just a start.