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Why Does History Matter? Send Historic Alexandria Your Thoughts in Annual Survey


The Friendship Firehouse building was constructed in 1855. (Photo courtesy of the Friendship Firehouse Facebook)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Why does history matter?  Help Historic Alexandria to answer this question! We want to know how we can support and engage you in 2023 and beyond. Please share your thoughts by taking this survey today.

Why this survey?

Historic Alexandria Museums – Alexandria Archaeology, Alexandria Black History, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, Gadsby’s Tavern, Fort Ward, the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, Friendship Firehouse, and Freedom House- care deeply about making the history we share with you, our community, and our visitors, meaningful.

But we need your help! Our visitors come to us with different needs and values, and we want to understand them so we can best serve you. From how museums (like ours!) can help expand learning while also addressing the challenges our society is facing, we need to hear your thoughts.

To learn more about how we can do this, we are participating in a national survey of museum-goers, sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums. This survey will provide us with data from our visitors as well as nationwide results for context, helping us be more effective in the coming months and in the communities we serve.

The survey only takes about 9 minutes to complete, but in those 9 minutes you will help our team make better decisions for our future. And as a thank you there will be an opportunity for you to win one of ten $100 Visa gift cards!

Simply go here to get started.

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts!

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.  To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format contact

For inquiries from the news media only, contact the Office of Communications & Public Information at [email protected] or 703.746.3969. 

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P.S.: Participation in this survey is voluntary and no questions are required. All responses to this survey will be kept confidential. Your response will not be used for any future solicitation. Participant information can be found here. If you have any problems with the survey itself, please contact the survey administrator, Jessica Strube, at

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