Daily Archives: November 6, 2010

Washington Historical Studies Conference

37th Annual Conference on Washington DC Historical Studies

Today and tomorrow the Historical Society of Washington DC is holding its 37th annual conference on DC history!  The conference is being held in the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, a site that is on the historical preservation list.

The conference covers a wide array of topics, from the early civil rights movement in D.C. to the division of space in a city that is both federal and local, monumental and residential.  Today’s portion of the conference was fascinating:

Friday November 5

9:00–6:00 – Registration

9:30–11:15 – Session 1 Plenary Session: DC’s Built Environment

11:30-1:30 – History Network/Lunch

Noon–1:00 – Session 2 Brown Bag Lunch: Greetings from Hometown Washington, DC” – Jerry McCoy

1:45-3:15 – Concurrent Sessions

Session 3 – African-American Activism in DC

Session 4 – The History of DC Newspapers from 1800 to Today

Session 5 – Education, Social Services and Reform

3:30-5:00 – Concurrent Sessions

Session 6 – Teaching DC’s Civil War History to K-12 Students

Session 7 – The Plight of DC Records: An Update

5:15-6:30 – Session 8a: Opening Reception

6:45 – Session 8b: Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture

Blair Ruble, author of Washington’s U Street: A Bibliography

Tomorrow’s portion of the conference includes both the workshop format and walking tours of the Park View neighborhood.  If you are in the area and your Saturday has some openings, admission is only $15, $10 for students.

Here is the schedule for tomorrow’s portion of the conference:

Saturday November 6

9:00 – 2:00 – Registration

9:30-11:00 – Concurrent Session

Session 9 – The National Mall and the Design of DC

Session 10 – Race, Identity, and Civil Rights in the District of Columbia, 1790-1900

Session 11 – Women and Social Organizations

11:15-12:45 – Concurrent Sessions

Session 12 – Historical Perspective on DC’s LGBT Religious and Spiritual Communities

Session 13 Donna Wells Memorial Session

Approaches to Documentation: Prince George’s County and Washington, DC

12:45 – 1:30 – Lunch

1:30-3:00 – Tours/Open Houses

Session 14 – Park View Neighborhood Walking Tour

Session 15 – Park View Neighborhood Walking Tour

1:30-3:30 – Workshop

Session 16 – Writing the Family Memoir Workshop

Visit the Society’s site for more information about the conference:


Keep an eye out for more DC history here in the near future!

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