One of my favorite places to browse for books is the Lyceum’s museum shop. The other day I came across a book I had not seen. It’s titled “America’s Best Historic Sites: 101 Terrific Places to Take the Family” by B.J. Welborn.
Looking at the table of contents, and the Virginia listings, I had to suppress a “What??” Although Mount Vernon is in the book, there is not one mention of Alexandria.
Don’t get me wrong. The author wrote a fine book, and let’s give her full credit for laying out a selection criteria. She writes something that made me stop and think.
The theory behind this book is a Chinese proverb.
Tell me and I’ll forget;
Show me and I may remember;
Involve me and I’ll understand.
Upon reading that, I immediately thought of Alexandria Archaeology. The work they do dovetails perfectly with the target the author lays out.
Now before I start sounding like a preacher, let me direct your attention to these fine folks. They are located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town.
And what great timing, for the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology have launched a new website.
Be sure and check it out, and all the things they do. Stop by, if you can, at the Old Town Farmer’s Market this Saturday morning. They’ll be there from 7 am to noon, promoting events, providing literature and answering questions.