Janus Point


Highlights from the past week:

  • Mensa Box Challenge at the Silver Spring Library
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Indie Game Showcase at the American Art Museum


Coming up this next week:


Mercy Street premieres

Alexandria is going nuts over Mercy Street so there’s lots of tie-ins to visit in the next coming weeks:

The Journey to be Free: Self-emancipation and Alexandria’s Contraband Heritage
Alexandria Black History Museum
Exhibit extended through March
902 Wythe Street

During the Civil War, thousands of African Americans escaping slavery sought refuge behind Union lines in Alexandria, Virginia. The fugitives found freedom in Alexandria, but also a city under siege. The influx overwhelmed the city. Rampant disease and deprivation took their toll on the freedmen. A cemetery was created for those who had survived slavery, but did not live long in freedom. “The Journey to be Free” shows the legacy of Alexandria’s Contraband community and the amazing story of their burial ground that was lost and rediscovered, now memorialized as the Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery.

Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier Exhibit
Fort Ward Museum
Ongoing exhibit
4301 West Braddock Road

Fort Ward Museum has an ongoing exhibit which features original medical instruments and equipment from the Civil War period and information on Union Army hospital sites in Alexandria.

Mercy in Alexandria: Walking Tour
January 2-June 19 – Sat-Sun: 4:30 p.m.
Tour starts at Visitors Center, 221 King Street
DC Military Tours

Experience an inside access tour of 19th century Alexandria. Accompany a trained military historian through Civil War era Alexandria and learn the actual history behind the TV show. Get behind the scenes of locations “Mercy Street” characters lived, worked, and played.

Occupied City: Civil War Alexandria Self-Guided Tour
Starting January 16th
The Lyceum-Alexandria’s History Museum
201 S. Washington St.

Learn about the real history behind the show on this self-guided walking tour, which features significant Civil War Alexandria sites all within walking distance of The Lyceum, which was seized and used as a hospital during the war.

Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital
Carlyle House Historic Park
January 11 to July 11
121 N. Fairfax Street

From 1861-1865, the U.S. Army used Carlyle House, then the home of Emma Green and her family, and the adjacent Mansion House Hotel as a hospital and staff quarters. The people who lived and worked at this site in Alexandria and their real life stories have inspired the PBS television show, “Mercy Street”. The owner of the house and hotel, James Green, was one of the richest men in town and made a deep historical footprint on Alexandria.
Carlyle House’s exhibit will feature the factual story of the history of the site and its occupants. Upstairs, a new interpretation will explore the lives of these individuals through period hospital rooms and doctor/officer housing.

Green Family Exhibit
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
January to May
107 S. Fairfax St

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary remained open and operational when Alexandria was occupied during the Civil War. The Green Family and Union Quartermaster staff shopped there to purchase everything from Laudanum to Cologne. Today, visitors can take a guided tour and experience the historic space where occupied Alexandria came to shop. The exhibit will feature the purchases and stories of the Green Family and the Union Quartermaster.

Nurse Clarissa Jones Exhibit
The Lyceum—Alexandria’s History Museum
Opening January 25th
201 S. Washington St.

The Lyceum mounts an exhibit on the life of Clarissa Jones, a nurse at The Lyceum hospital during the Civil War. It will bring home to visitors the true story of an actual nurse in Alexandria during the war, drawing parallels with characters portrayed in the PBS drama “Mercy Street.” It will include references to the experiences of other Alexandria nurses at that time, such as Anne Reading, who actually worked in the Mansion House hospital, and Jane Woolsey, who served at the Fairfax Seminary hospital.


Martin Luther King Jr. – Day of Service
Find a service opportunity at the Corporation for National & Community Service

Here’s one: Weeding out invasive species at Culpepper Garden (10-2)

Also, admission into National Parks is free today.

1-4: Climate Change Games at the Q?rious room at the Natural History Museum


12:30: Book Club at the Duncan Library
Discussing Brian Selznick’s Invention of Hugo Cabret


Odyssey of the Mind

4:00: STEAMtivity at the Beatley Library
Playing with Arduino!


Father-son road trip

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