43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History


The 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History offers 17 exciting sessions on a wide range of D.C. history topics.


(Updated October 25, 2016)

The Annual Conference began as a collaborative effort by The George Washington University, the DC Public Library, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Its mission has remained constant: to provide a friendly and rigorous forum for discussing and promoting original research in the history of local Washington, D.C., and its metropolitan area.

The conference opens on Thursday, November 3, with the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture honoring the memory of this pioneering scholar of D.C. history. This year’s speaker is Professor Adam Rothman of Georgetown University, a member of the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. He will discuss the ongoing effort at the university to research its own history and reach out to the descendants of the Maryland Jesuit slave community.

Seventeen concurrent sessions
on everyday life in D.C., archaeology, African American fraternal life, immigrant communities, journalism, civil rights, gentrification, architecture, and literature take place all day Friday and Saturday, including a showing of the award-winning film “Southeast 67.”
All sessions take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Please note: this is a change in venue from previous years.
Sunday brings two special guided neighborhood tours: Ivy City Photo Walking Tour and D.C. Murals Bus Tour.

The conference registration fee covers all Friday and Saturday sessions. There is a separate charge for each of the Sunday tours. “Film-only” tickets are also available.


Conference Schedule

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Free and Open to the Public
Professor Adam Rothman on “Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown University”
Location: the National Archives. Doors open at 6:15 for security screening. SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Friday, November 4, 2016
Conference Sessions I, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: “Race, Space, and the Power of Place on Mt. Vernon Square,” 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. — SIGN UP HERE
“Southeast 67” Documentary Screening and Discussion, 6:30 –  8:00 p.m.
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl NW

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Conference Sessions II, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl NW

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Ivy City Photo Walking Tour, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — SIGN UP HERE

D.C. Murals Guided Bus Tour, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. — SIGN UP HERE
Led by Perry Frank, Ph.D., and Cory Stowers of DC Murals: Spectacle and Story
Guided by long-time students of the city’s murals and muralists, hop on the bus to explore both classic and new outdoor murals. Riders will disembark for closer looks at the political, commemorative, angry, and celebratory expressions of city concerns.
The tour will begin and end outside the Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW


About the Conference
The 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History is hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. with support from Events DC. It is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C.; Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives; the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, Office of Planning; George Washington University Libraries; the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; Humanities DC; and Special Collections, DC Public Library.

Conference Committee
The Annual Conference is overseen by a volunteer committee of individuals representing a diverse group of institutions and professions: Brett Abrams, Canden Arcienega, Mark Benbow, John DeFerrari, Mark Greek, Karen Harris, Ida E. Jones, Rebecca Katz, Jennifer King, Jane Freundel Levey, Anne McDonough, Izetta Autumn Mobley, Nancy Murray, John O’Brien, Sandra Schmidt, John Suau, Mary Ternes, Ruth Trocolli, Kerrie Williams, Ranald Woodaman.

If you are interested in volunteering at the 43rd Annual Conference,
please email Izetta Autumn Mobley, imobley@dchistory.org.
Questions? Contact dchistoricalstudies@gmail.com.

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