Published on Jun 16, 2016 In 1994, Washington History, the biannual publication of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., published “Homosexual Citizens: Washington’s Gay Community Confronts the Civil Service,” an article written by David Johnson. This article laid the groundwork for “The Lavender Scare,” Johnson’s seminal book about the persecution of homosexuals working for the federal government in Washington in the 1950s and 1960s. Emmy Award-winning producer Josh Howard is in the final stages of post-production on “The Lavender Scare” documentary, which is based on Johnson’s book and will be released this fall. Washington Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. moderates a conversation with Johnson and Howard in a program that will feature unseen clips from the documentary. The program was sponsored by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and was made possible through the generous support of the Capital Pride Alliance and the Newseum. Recorded June 5, 2016, in the Newseum's Knight TV Studio.
From the streetcar era of Griffith Stadium to Metro and Nats Park, baseball in the nation’s capital has been the sport of presidents. On the eve of the 2015 World Series, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., produced a program at the Newseum for members who traveled back to 1924, when Washington was the center of the baseball universe. Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel, authors of three editions of “Fodor’s Baseball Vacations,” talk about what it would have been like to visit the nation’s major league ballparks in 1924.