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Fish: An Alexandria Story

  • 27 September 2017
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


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Well before the first European settlers came to Alexandria, fishing was a major source of food for those who already 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 27th, at The Lyceum with Office of Historic Alexandria City Historian Dan Lee, who will discuss the role of fish in Alexandria’s history, from prehistoric times to the twenty‐first century.

The lecture will cover topics such as the different fish species indigenous to the Potomac River, the role of fish in the diet of American Indians who lived in the Chesapeake region, the importance of commercial fishing in early Alexandria following the arrival of Europeans, 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, Ph.D., is the current City Historian, and works for the Office of Historic Alexandria. He was previously employed at the Department of Defense Missing Personnel/POW Office and at the University of California, Davis. He is a published author on German military history in Africa and Asia, and has also curated two exhibits for the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, California: one of the exhibits, “The Chinese in California”, can be seen in the American Memory collection at the Library of Congress. He received his doctorate and masters in American History from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA degree in Literature and German from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.

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