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October 2017

2017 Tour of Historic Seneca Maryland

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Seneca Seneca, MD 20874 United States

Knight Kiplinger welcomes the Historical Society to his home, Montevideo, for this exclusive tour. And joining us for the day is historian Garrett Peck, author of The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry and The Potomac River: A History and Guide.In the 19th century, Montgomery County, Maryland was the key “breadbasket” for the nation’s young capital, providing food and raw materials for the growing city from its abundant farms. Many of those products flowed from the west into Washington along the…

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November 2017

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

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Chis Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian African American Museum team up to launch Chocolate City, a comprehensive new history of Washington, D.C., that Kirkus Review calls, "Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion." Chocolate City (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) explores the intersection of race, culture, and politics in D.C. Co-author Chris Myers Asch, editor of Washington History, is an instructor at Colby College. His first book,…

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44th Annual Conference on D.C. History

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - November 5 @ 4:00 pm EDT
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States

Echo & Resonance: 1968 The 2017 conference examines the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1968. The conference sessions will explore 1968 and the civil unrest as a pivotal moment in the history of the District, the history of activism in the area, and the dynamics race, politics, governance, and history played in the events. How does 1968 resonate today? LEARN MORE About the Conference The 44th Annual Conference on D.C. History is a collaboration between The George Washington…

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Opening Reception

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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Join the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. for the opening of For the Record: Picturing D.C.

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Digital DC History 24/7

November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Newseum, 555 Pennsylavania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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This workshop is an introduction to online resources for D.C. history, from government databases to blogs and interactive maps. Attendees will learn details some of these websites to better access D.C. history resources. Participants will receive an annotated list of over 40 free websites on D.C. History and are encouraged to bring laptops in order to fully explore the resources at their own pace. Space is limited, and desk and laptop computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Access…

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Pleasant Plains/Howard Town

November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Ward 1: Pleasant Plains/Howard Town, Pleasant Plains/Howard Town
Washington, DC United States

Grab your camera or cell phone and join us for a guided photo walk of Ward 1’s Pleasant Plains/Howard Town. This unique tour combines neighborhood history with a photo shoot, as participants document today’s D.C. for tomorrow. Come for the photography and/or come for the tour. The two-hour photo walk introduces the historical context of Pleasant Plains. You will meet neighborhood residents, and receive a resource guide to Pleasant Plains/Howard Town, drawn from the collections of the Historical Society. Advance registration required. Meeting location provided upon registration.…

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