Annual Meeting / Board Elections
2 August 2020, Lloyd House Garden

Docent, Board Member, Benefactor

Kathy Kelly was a docent at Gadsby's Tavern Museum for over 40 years.

She was a Life Member of GTMS and served on the GTMS Executive Board for 12 years, many of those years as Treasurer.

Always an enthusiastic participant in Gadsby events, she has become a significant benefactor.  See more about Kathy and how GTMS is honoring her memory.

The GTMS 2021 Calendar celebrates Old Town Alexandria and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society’s place in it. Pictures accompanying each month highlight GTMS activities or interesting sites in Old Town and include tidbits of information about each. As a handy enhancement to the calendar, a page inside the back cover offers a Walking Tour of the sites around Old Town. More information

Calendars are now available for $10 at the gift shops of the Gadsby's Tavern Museum and the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum. 

Read about what GTMS does &
how it supports Gadsby's Tavern Museum
 Have you seen the pictures from
The 2019 GTMS
Best Bib & Tucker Ball
Zelda's Ball

Doc Scantlin & his Palmettos Orchestra 
the Dazzling Songstress Chou Chou
March 16, 2019

Pictures from the GTMS 2019 Zelda's Ball

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 GTMS Celebrates
25th Anniversary

At the Annual Membership Reception in June, GTMS celebrated its 25th year of supporting historic Gadsby's Tavern Museum and elected new members and board officers. All of this was in the room where it happened that George Washington celebrated his last birthdays and Thomas Jefferson celebrated his Inauguration.


Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society recently bought an important archival collection that significantly adds to the documentation of Gadsby's Tavern Museum. The Irwin Family Papers detail the business, shipping, and real estate enterprise from 1776-1925 of the Irwin family of Alexandria. The Irwin family owned the 1792 City Hotel (Gadsby's) from 1815 to 1929.

Thomas Irwin had business dealings with Mr. Gadsby, specifically related to Gadsby’s 1802 lease with John Wise. Museum staff members are still sorting out this complex financial partnership between Gadsby and Irwin, but because of that relationship, the Museum now has an original copy of Gadsby’s 1802 inventory! This document lists his assets from furniture to enslaved people by name.  It is the “holy grail” for the interpretation of the 1792 building.  Read more

The Society was able to purchase this collection and they donated it to the Museum. The collection will be scanned at some point in the future, and it will be made available to the public online.  The Museum offers a few sneak-peak snapshots on the Museum's Facebook page. The Society will continue to support the preservation of the collection and the research efforts that will bring to light more information about the history of our historic Tavern and its historic city.  

GTMS Members take part in many Society and Museum activities. 

Most Society-sponsored events are fundraisers for Museum programs or improvements. 

All of the events are designed to be fun and are often educational.
GTMS Members & Friends in
Alexandria's Annual Scottish Walk

GTMS Members proving
again that
History Can Be Fun
More Historically Fun Pix

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