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Alexandria, VA 22314
Morrison House Presents

"Morrison House Presents"
Cultural Discussion Series

First Tuesday of every month
6 to 8pm - Free Admission

Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 / 703-838-8000

Join us for a salon-style discussion series exploring Alexandria's heritage and culture with talks in the stylish yet comfortable salon of the Morrison House. This charming setting provides an ideal backdrop for members of the public to participate in an open and lively conversation with artists, authors, and archaeologists from Alexandria and the nationally acclaimed Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The series is sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association, the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, and the Morrison House Hotel. Cocktails will be available for purchase through The Grille at Morrison House Hotel, and dinner reservations can be made for guests who would like to continue their experience following the event.


Tuesday, August 6
Morrison House Cultural Discussion Series
Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street
6-8pm, FREE admission, food and drinks available from The Grille

Join us for an engaging evening with a salon-style discussion exploring Alexandria’s heritage and culture through talks with artists, authors, and archaeologists from Alexandria and the nationally acclaimed Torpedo Factory Art Center.

July 2, 2013
Alexandria's First Family of Beer - Then and Now
Morrison House Presents: Catherine and Margaret Portner, Co-Founders of Portner Brewhouse

June 4, 2013
The June lecture has been rescheduled for July.

May 7, 2013
Morrison House Presents: Kathy DeZarn Beynette, Artist and Author

April 2, 2013
Carrying Grace to Santiago
Morrison House Presents: Maureen Lauran, Author and Artist

March 5, 2013
Lincoln and Booth: One Mad Act and Its Expiation
Morrison House Presents: Dr. Terry Alford

February 5, 2013
The Insightful Image: Scientific Understanding You Can See
Morrison House Presents: Dr. Peter Matic

January 1, 2013
No presentation in January due to New Year's Day.


December 4, 2012
Researching George Washington's Religious Convictions
Morrison House Presents: Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian

November 6, 2012
No presentation in November due to Election Day. Please join us again on December 4.

October 2, 2012
Literary Light from Cuba: The enduring creativity of Ediciones Vigía
Morrison House Presents: Jeanne Drewes, Chief of Binding and Collections at the Library of Congress

September 4, 2012
From History to Myth and Back Again – The Strange Case of the Swift Silver Mine Legend
Morrison House Presents: Robert A. Prather, Author

August 7, 2012
Let's Talk About Leonardo, a genius of immense originality and modernity
Morrison House Presents: Mirella Monti Belshé, Torpedo Factory Multi-Media Artist

July 3, 2012
The Age of Light
Morrison House Presents: Dr. J. Thomas Schriempf, Physicist

June 5, 2012
What the Heck is a Sesquicentennial?
Morrison House Presents: William S. Connery, Author

May 1, 2012
The story behind the "100 Artists of Washington, DC" book
Morrison House Presents: F. Lennox Campello, Author

April 3, 2012
The Crystalline World of Ice and Snow in Harbin, China
Morrison House Presents: Tatyana Schremko Schriempf, Torpedo Factory Sculptor

March 6, 2012
The Peculiar Insurrection
Morrison House Presents: Michael Lee Pope, Author of "Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C."

February 7, 2012
Poetry and Creative Play: Writing as an Expressive Coping Strategy
Morrison House Presents: Mary Azoy, Licensed Professional Counselor & Poetry Therapist

January 3, 2012
Back to the Drawing Board
Morrison House Presents: Carolyn Dutky Romano, Torpedo Factory Artist


December 6, 2011
How Did the Middle East Conflict Begin?
Morrison House Presents: Rosemarie M. Esber, Local Author

November 1, 2011
Passion for Fire
Morrison House Presents: Jack Heimerman, Ceramicist and Art League Teacher

October 4, 2011
Drawing with Debris
Morrison House Presents: Jackie Ehle, Torpedo Factory Artist

September 6, 2011
Bringing the Past Alive: Writing Alexandria History
Morrison House Presents: Ted Pulliam, Local Author

August 2, 2011
Photography, Physics, and Complexity: Strange Bedfellows or a New Aesthetic?
Morrison House Presents: Andy Ilachinski, Photographer and Physicist

July 5, 2011
Material Innovation from Artistic Experimentation
Morrison House Presents: Rebecca Lasky, Artist and Inventor of "Goo"

June 7 , 2011
How Trash in Massachusetts Turned Into Treasure in Alexandria, Virginia
Morrison House Presents: Barb Winters, Local Author

May 3 , 2011
New Modes of Consciousness: Time and the Work of Art
Morrison House Presents: CMDupré, Torpedo Factory Artist

April 5, 2011
From Social Work to Sculpture
Morrison House Presents: Carol Gellner Levin, Torpedo Factory Artist

March 1, 2011
Who Owns the Past?
Morrison House Presents: Michael Lee Pope, Journalist


Coming up

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Alexandria's First Family of Beer - Then and Now

Morrison House Presents:
Catherine and Margaret Portner,
Co-Founders of Portner Brewhouse

6 to 8pm - FREE

Prohibition dealt a devastating blow to Alexandria’s largest employer in 1916 – The Robert Portner Brewing Company. Headquartered at the intersection of Pendleton and St. Asaph Streets (Trader Joe’s occupies the site today), the company emerged as a major player in the beer industry -- with Robert Portner at its helm. He was a German immigrant that settled in Virginia just in time to witness the Civil War and vote for Abraham Lincoln. His impressive resume includes multiple businesses throughout the region, father of 13 children and building the first home in the U.S. with air conditioning!

Now, almost 100 years later, two of his great-great grandchildren are picking up where the brewing legacy left off with plans to open Portner Brewhouse, a brewery restaurant and Craft Beer Test Kitchen, mere blocks from the original headquarters. Two sisters, Catherine and Margaret Portner, have set out to celebrate the history of the Robert Portner Brewing Company and provide a platform for new craft brewers entering the industry.

Join us for an engaging evening with the Portner sisters as they share details about their great-great grandfather’s company and how it is influencing their own. Learn how you can get involved in the development of a new Alexandria landmark and opportunities to sample recreations of Robert Portner Brewing Company beers available now.

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