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Manassas Museum Happenings for May

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City-SealCity of Manassas, VA . . . In May, the Manassas Museum is offering walking tours, bike tours, a cemetery tour, free book talks and much more in May.

On Friday, May 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. the Manassas Museum is taking part in First Friday’s Gallery Walk in Historic Downtown Manassas with free admission to the Museum. The evening includes refreshments, family activities and a prize for one lucky attendee. As part of the GalleryWalk, the Museum will feature the work of Osbourn High School senior artist Mallory Pearson.

On Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. the Manassas Museum will host an Architectural Walking Tour of the historic district in the City of Manassas. This walk will explore the architectural styles and fine details that abound in the
City.

On Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. celebrate spring in all its glory with a Bicycle Tour with Manassas Museum staff. Ride past historic homes, a Confederate Earthwork, and the last resting place of a slave who was at the Battle of First Manassas. The tour is family-friendly, lasts about two hours and covers four miles beginning at the Manassas Museum.

On Tuesday, May 13 at 10 a.m., 3 to 5 year olds and their caregivers can explore with Museum staff at Pre-K Tuesday. This month’s theme is “Diggin’ in the Dirt” and features stories, crafts, songs and outdoor exploration.

On Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. the Manassas Museum will host a Cemetery Tour of theManassas Cemetery. Costumed interpreters will lead the tour by lantern light through the cemetery that was established shortly after the Civil War. Attendees will see the final resting place of a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, members of the famed Civil War Prince William Cavalry, and many prominent citizens who helped shape the City of Manassas.

On Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. the Manassas Museum will host a free book talk by author Chris Mackowski on The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson. This book recounts the events of Stonewall Jackson’s death, funeral, burial, and the
strange story of his amputated arm. Chris Mackowski is a professor at St. Bonaventure University and works as a historian with the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

From May through October Museum staff will be at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Historic Downtown Manassas presenting a variety of informal demonstrations for all ages. Expect to see unusual artifacts, play historic games, hear about Native American culture, experience Civil War camp life, or enjoy other surprises during Manassas Museum at the Market. This free event runs from May through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Old Town Walking Tours – May 24 – August 30 – Costumed interpreters will lead walking tours Monday through Saturday, sharing stories about Historic Downtown Manassas and the rebirth of the area after war and fire. These tours are included with admission to the Museum and begin at 11 a.m. (noon on Thursdays).

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