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Civil War Alexandria—an Armed Camp

By Kris Gilbertson While Alexandria was a bustling medical center during the Civil War, with more than 30 large and small Union hospitals, the city...

Mercy! Mercy Street is Coming…

By Kris Gilbertson On Sunday, January 17, 2016, Mercy Street, a Civil War-era drama set in Alexandria, will debut on PBS. It will air at...

Inspiration for Mercy Street: A Conversation with Sarah Coster

Alexandrian Sarah Coster was the Director of Carlyle House museum during the Civil War sesquicentennial in 2011. Her research into events at Carlyle House...

Beyond Mercy Street— The Rest of Alexandria During the Civil War

By Kris Gilbertson Mercy Street portrays the interactions of two Civil War nurses, one from New England, the other Virginia, at the real Mansion House...

Contraband – The Path from Bound to Free

By Kris Gilbertson PBS and various production companies (Lone Wolf, Dave Zabel, and David Zucker) that collaborated on Mercy Street carefully researched the history and...

Preparing the Leaders of the Future

by Kris Gilbertson Adriana Johnson and Ezmaray Mohtasebzada are two of ten Burke & Herbert Bank assistant branch managers selected to take part in the...

Burke & Herbert Bank

Alive and Well, and Moving Forward By Kris Gilbertson It’s the oldest bank in Virginia, in business for 163 years—yet Burke & Herbert Bank doesn’t look...

A Brief Glimpse of Alexandria History: Burke & Herbert Bank

By Kris Gilbertson When John W. Burke, 27, and Arthur Herbert, 23, opened the Burke & Herbert Banking & Exchange Office on August 14, 1852,...

The Ghosts of Alexandria

October Is the Month of Ghosts and Goblins But in Alexandria, Spirits Walk Among Us All Year Long By Kris Gilbertson “About five years ago, an 8-year-old...

From Bricks to Clicks

Old Town’s Resident Artist Creates in the Present, Plans for the Future By Kris Gilbertson It was love at first sight—love of Old Town history and...
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