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February 2018

Slaves, Students, and the 1847 Expulsion Riot at GWU

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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Phillip Troutman, assistant professor, George Washington University Writing, and History departments, presents new research on the history of slavery at Columbian College—then a Baptist college, now George Washington University. Troutman focuses on an 1847 case in which Abram, a young man enslaved by the college steward, attempted to sue for his freedom. Abram was aided by Henry Arnold, a college junior who was expelled for his actions, creating a scandal in the Baptist Press. This program is part of the…

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Frederick Douglass at 200

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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Frederick Douglass at 200 6:30 PM, FREE program, light reception to follow Presented by: David Blight, Ph.D. at the Maryland Historical Society David Blight is currently writing a new, full biography of Frederick Douglass that will be published by Simon and Schuster in September 2018, titled Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. This lecture will focus on the meaning of Douglass’s life and thought, as well as the importance of writing his biography, especially in light of the commemoration of his…

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Intro to House History

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Newseum, 555 Pennsylavania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Free

This workshop is an introduction to resources about the history of houses and other buildings in Washington, D.C. The workshop provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about the information in microfilm resources (including city directories and tax assessment records), digital resources (such as the building permits database and related History Quest platform), and real estate atlases. Access to the reading room is via the Newseum’s Group Entrance on C Street (enter via C Street Group Entrance between 5th & 6th…

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African American Pioneer Diplomats: Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
United States Diplomacy Center, 330 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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In recognition of African American History Month and the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birthday, please join the United States Diplomacy Center for a special program exploring the diplomatic careers of two 19th century prominent African Americans who served as U.S. ministers to Haiti:  Ebenezer Bassett, America’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, activist, civil servant, and diplomat.  Christopher Teal, U.S. Foreign Service Officer and author of Hero of Hispaniola:  America’s First Black Diplomat, Ebenezer D. Bassett, will discuss his…

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Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital

February 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20059 United States
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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., presents a provocative book by noted scholars Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove. Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital has been called "an ambitious, kaleidoscopic history...essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion" by Kirkus Review.

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Saturday Research Hours

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
Newseum, 555 Pennsylavania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States

Research appointments in the Kiplinger Research Library are available by prior appointment between 10am and 1:45pm. Please email library@dchistory.org with your requested arrival time and the object IDs from the catalog of the material you would like to have access to. If requesting material from the DCPL collections currently co-located with the Historical Society, please send that request to wash.dcpl@dc.gov or 202-727-1213, again noting your requested arrival time and the material you would like to have access to.

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