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The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.
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Meetings are held at  8 pm
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
THE
ALEXANDRIA
ASSOCIATION
Established 1932

MEMBERSHIP AND GUEST LIST IS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. PLEASE REGISTER GUESTS WITH karen.paul2@verizon.net. Fee for guests attending a one-time lecture is $15. MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND CALENDAR AVAILABLE AT OUR SITE: ALEXANDRIAASSOCIATION.ORG. 

***** Snow Policy: In the event we must cancel a lecture at the last moment, we will attempt to notify you by email and post the cancellation on our site. If you do not have email, or do not see it on the site (as we may not have had enough time to get the message up), please phone the Lyceum to see if it is open, 703-838-4994, before starting out.

"First in the Homes of his Countrymen"


Over the past two hundred years, Americans have reproduced George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation house more often, and in a greater variety of media, than any of their country’s other historic buildings. Even before Washington’s death in 1799, his house was an important symbol for the new nation. His countrymen used it to idealize the past as well as to evoke contemporary--and even divisive--political and social ideals. Tension between popular images of Mount Vernon and the organization’s "official" narrative for the house over the past 150 years demonstrates the close and ever-shifting relationship between historic preservation and popular architecture. Lydia Mattice Brandt describes America’s obsession with the first president’s iconic home through advertising, prints, paintings, popular literature, and the full- scale replication of its architecture.

Lydia Mattice Brandt is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 2011 and attended the Attingham Summer School in 2015. She is widely published and a recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships. Most recently she authored First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington’s Mount Vernon in the American Imagination (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016) which a reviewer summarized as follows, “This is a fascinating book, executed with sensitivity and imagination. Brandt has done a substantial amount of original research and has used this material very effectively in placing the famed plantation house in a fresh perspective.” Please join us in welcoming Lydia to Alexandria!

  Note: Books will be available.
Monday, January 15, 2018
The Lyceum
201 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
8 P.M.