\r\nHonoring Alexandria women\u2019s achievements through history\r\nBy Elisabeth Johnson, PhD\r\nALEXANDRIA, VA- The Alexandria Commission for Women will sponsor its 10th Annual Women\u2019s History Tour on Saturday, May 18. The tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, and include a dozen sites in about a one-mile walking tour. The tour will be moderately paced and participants will be encouraged to ask questions. Kristin Lloyd, Acting Director of the Alexandria History Museum, will guide the tour.\r\nThe Annual Women\u2019s History Tour was founded by the late Susan Lowell Butler, former chair of the Alexandria Commission for Women as well as the Friends of the Commission for Women. Susan was committed to ensuring that stories of Alexandria\u2019s women, past and present, would not be forgotten.\r\nEach year the commission, in conjunction with the Alexandria History Museum, conducts this walking tour of sites significant to Alexandria women. This year\u2019s tour will commence at the Lyceum, which was the social and cultural zenith of the community in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.\r\n\r\nA stop at the Relief Hook and Ladder Company building on Prince Street has been added to examine women\u2019s roles in historic volunteer fire companies and to reveal the mystery of Belle the Houdini Fire Horse. Another first-time stop will be the site of Shinbone Alley and the role of Mary Burnett.\r\nOther sites will include Ramsay House, Cameron Street, City Hall, Mansion House Hospital, Lord Fairfax House, Barrett Branch Library and Gadsby\u2019s Tavern Museum where the history of Margaret Brent who, through a 1654 land grant, was the original owner of Alexandria will be revealed.\r\nThe tour will conclude with a reception at Lloyd House, with refreshments and drinks courtesy of the Friends of the Commission for Women. Emily McCoy, member of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association Board of Directors, will discuss the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, currently being designed to honor the suffragists who fought for ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.\r\nThe 10th Annual Women\u2019s History Tour and Reception is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. The tour will be limited to the first 30 persons who reply: AlexandriaWoman@gmail.com or (703) 566-0856.\r\nDr. Elisabeth Johnson, independent contractor, designs and executes quantitative research studies for federal and state agencies as well as private industry. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society.