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DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Georgetown
Our D.C. lunchtime lecture series continues with a focus on Georgetown. Founded in 1751, it predates the establishment of the federal district and Washington City by 40 years. Each week, expert lecturers focus on one of the extraordinary historic places that make Georgetown the unique neighborhood it is. This lecture features the Old Stone House.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 12:00 PM
Spies of the American Revolution: Famous to Infamous
During the War of Independence, cunning spies, clever strategists, and treacherous turncoats used intelligence to literally shape the course of history. In a series presented in collaboration with the International Spy Museum, intelligence experts and historians explore individuals and incidents in which espionage played a critical part in the Revolution. This session spotlights James Lafayette.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:15 AM
DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Georgetown
Our D.C. lunchtime lecture series continues with a focus on Georgetown. Founded in 1751, it predates the establishment of the federal district and Washington City by 40 years. Each week, expert lecturers focus on one of the extraordinary historic places that make Georgetown the unique neighborhood it is. This lecture features the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 12:00 PM
Spies of the American Revolution: Famous to Infamous
During the War of Independence, cunning spies, clever strategists, and treacherous turncoats used intelligence to literally shape the course of history. In a series presented in collaboration with the International Spy Museum, intelligence experts and historians explore individuals and incidents in which espionage played a critical part in the Revolution. This session spotlights Benedict Arnold.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:15 AM
Medical History in Philadelphia: Including America's Oldest Hospital
All-Day Tour
Join museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker for a close-up look at the rich and fascinating of Philadelphia as a center of American medicine. Explore the home of pioneering surgeon Philip Syng Physick, the Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Mutter Museum.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Booth’s Escape Route
All-Day Tour
A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night in 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer trace his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 8:00 AM
DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Georgetown
Our D.C. lunchtime lecture series continues with a focus on Georgetown. Founded in 1751, it predates the establishment of the federal district and Washington City by 40 years. Each week, expert lecturers focus on one of the extraordinary historic places that make Georgetown the unique neighborhood it is. This lecture features Dumbarton Oaks Gardens.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM
Autumn at Monticello
All-Day Tour
Among the long list of Thomas Jefferson’s many personas are two that he particularly cherished: gardener and farmer. Spend a day in the Virginia countryside with horticulturist Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens focusing on Jefferson’s legacy as a man of the soil.
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Frank Underwood’s Washington: A House of Cards Walking Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the power-hungry politicos of the addictive Netflix series—the ones they take around Washington, that is. Join local historian Kathleen Bashian to cover some of the Washington locations against which the Underwoods’ scheming, affairs of state, and affairs of a different kind play out.
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:30 AM
DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Georgetown
Our D.C. lunchtime lecture series continues with a focus on Georgetown. Founded in 1751, it predates the establishment of the federal district and Washington City by 40 years. Each week, expert lecturers focus on one of the extraordinary historic places that make Georgetown the unique neighborhood it is. This lecture features the C&O Canal.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:00 PM
Giants in the Sky: Military Aircraft
All-Day Tour
Join transportation expert Scott Hercik at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware as he goes behind the scenes and onboard some of the largest and most specialized aircraft ever to fly with the United States military.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Railways and History in Altoona and Johnstown
Overnight Tour
Rail historian Joe Nevin leads an overnight tour that explores two key aspects of Central Pennsylvania’s past: its railroading heritage and one of the country’s most tragic natural disasters—the Johnstown flood of 1889—and the role of the railroads in spreading the warning and saving lives.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 7:00 AM
DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Georgetown
Our D.C. lunchtime lecture series continues with a focus on Georgetown. Founded in 1751, it predates the establishment of the federal district and Washington City by 40 years. Each week, expert lecturers focus on one of the extraordinary historic places that make Georgetown the unique neighborhood it is. This lecture features Tudor Place.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00 PM
Heritage and History in Pennsylvania
All-Day Tour
Discover insights into the cultural history of central and eastern Pennsylvania on visits to a pair of one-of-a-kind destinations in the region, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum and the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Rock Creek Cemetery
Morning Tour
Rock Creek Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Rock Creek Cemetery
Afternoon Tour
Rock Creek Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 1:00 PM
DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Georgetown
Our D.C. lunchtime lecture series continues with a focus on Georgetown. Founded in 1751, it predates the establishment of the federal district and Washington City by 40 years. Each week, expert lecturers focus on one of the extraordinary historic places that make Georgetown the unique neighborhood it is. This lecture features the Peabody Room, Georgetown Library.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00 PM
The Postal Museum Salutes New York City
In a special evening at the Postal Museum, take a curator-led look at the New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art exhibition, then enjoy light refreshments, as well as a chance to try your own hand at designing, collecting, and sending your own postal creations.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Shuck Beans, Stack Cake, and Chocolate Gravy: Food Traditions of the Mountain South
Food writer and cooking teacher Sheri Castle, who hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, explores the rich history and heritage of the foodways of the Mountain South, a region whose cuisine—long overlooked or misunderstood—is riding the wave of new attention.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Frank Underwood’s Washington: A House of Cards Walking Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the power-hungry politicos of the addictive Netflix series—the ones they take around Washington, that is. Join local historian Kathleen Bashian to cover some of the Washington locations against which the Underwoods’ scheming, affairs of state, and affairs of a different kind play out.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Arlington National Cemetery
Morning Tour
Arlington National Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Arlington National Cemetery
Afternoon Tour
Arlington National Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 1:00 PM
George Washington’s Revolutionary War
Overnight Tour
Join historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer as they lead an exciting overnight tour that follows the paths that brought George Washington and his army to some of the most critical locations of the Revolutionary War in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 7:00 AM
The Hollywood Musical: Four Decades of Magic! Part 4: The 1960s
Big stars, big budgets, and big box office were the mark of hits like West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady, crowning achievements of the screen musical. But how did Hollywood and the beloved film form reflect—and weather—the social and cultural change of the 1960s? Music specialist Robert Wyatt looks at the triumphs and the decline in the musical’s last golden decade.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Inside Blair House
Blair House has long been an elegant and welcoming setting for international diplomatic hospitality. Join curator Candace Shireman as she covers the intriguing history of “the president’s guest house” and highlights its recently restored interiors.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Seneca Quarry and the Castle
All-Day Tour
Garrett Peck, author of The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry, leads a countryside excursion that centers on the role that the once-thriving Maryland quarry played in the building of 19th-century Washington.
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Montgomery Meigs in Washington: The Civil War and Beyond
From the Capitol dome to the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, the work of architect and engineer Montgomery Meigs is still a visible part of our region’s landscape—and our daily lives. Historian and urban studies specialist Bill Keene explores the many facets and achievements of the former Civil War officer who helped define and develop an enduring vision of the capital city.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Ray Charles: “The Genius”
His unique voice and passionate style made Ray Charles one of the most beloved and influential musicians of our time. Music curator John Edward Hasse of the American History Museum celebrates the music, the man, and his place in our country’s cultural history.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Advances in Military Medicine from Mercy Street to the 21st Century
All-Day Tour
Many of the scientific, medical, and technological innovations of the past two centuries have had their roots in military medicine. Visits to the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine offer insights into that history, as well as military medicine’s links to modern healthcare.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:15 AM