Fish: an Alexandria Story

Office of Historic Alexandria City Historian Dan Lee Speaks at the Lyceum, September 27

Fishing along the Alexandria waterfront has evolved from Native Americans. to modern times.

Well before the first European settlers came to Alexandria, fishing was a major source of food for those who lived here. In fact, the location of Alexandria is based in part on the location of an old American Indian fishing town. Join us for a lecture on Wednesday, September 27 at the Lyceum with Office of Historic Alexandria City Historian Dan Lee for a discussion on the role of fish in Alexandria’s history, from prehistoric times to the 21st Century.

The lecture will touch on topics such as the different fish found in the Potomac River, the role of fish in the American Indian diet in the Chesapeake, the importance of commercial fishing in early Alexandria, the connection in Alexandria between fishing and the slave trade, and the decline and eventual death of the fishing industry in this area.

Dan Lee is the current City Historian for the Office of Historic Alexandria. He was previously at the Department of Defense Missing Personnel/POW Office and the University of California, Davis. He is a published author on German military history. He has also curated two exhibits for the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, California including “The Chinese in California”, which can be seen in the American Memory collection of the Library of Congress. He received a doctorate and masters in American History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Lee’s talk on Fish: an Alexandria Story will take place on Wednesday September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum.  Doors open at 7 p.m.  The program is free for Alexandria Historical Society members, and there is a nominal charge of $5 per person for non-members.  A membership table on-site will give people a chance to join the Society that night.  Parking is extremely limited at The Lyceum, but there are garages and street parking nearby.  To learn more about the Alexandria Historical Society, visit

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