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Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum
Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8:30 AM
Clarence Darrow: Courtroom Drama
Complex and controversial, the towering figure of Clarence Darrow helped shape the legal landscape of early-20th-century America. Lawyer and author Jack Marshall examines his career and his legacy, and actor Paul Morella brings Darrow’s spell-binding courtroom oratory to life.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum
Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Evening Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 5:00 PM
America’s First Ladies: Shaping a Role, Shaping History
It is Washington’s most visible and powerful unelected position—and possibly the most difficult. Andrew Och, a producer of C-Span’s 44-part series First Ladies: Influence and Image, reveals how some notable women navigated the prestige and the pitfalls that come with the role of presidential wife.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum
Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Strategic Civil War Crossings of the Upper Potomac
All-Day Tour with Special Guest Ed Bearss
Military historian Gregg Clemmer investigates six river crossings by Union and Confederate forces. Follow the path of one as you cross the Potomac at White’s Ford in the highlight of the day.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 8:30 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Rum: From Cane to Cask
Americans have been raising toasts with rum since before there officially was an America. Now rum is the latest drink to be caught in the craft-beverage boom. Get an overview of the spirit’s history in American, and try samples of rum-based cocktails, in an evening hosted by Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton, the duo behind Washington’s first rum distillery, Cotton & Reed.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour
A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the  Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:00 AM
An Excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
All-Day Tour
Climb through the Allegheny Mountains on a historic restored diesel locomotive as you enjoy a 30-mile round-trip excursion between Cumberland and Frostburg on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Rail historian Joe Nevin leads the tour and chronicles the region’s transportation history as you pass through some of its most spectacular mountain scenery.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:15 AM
Literary Baltimore
All-Day Tour
Baltimore’s literary roots are deep ones. The authors who lived and worked here include Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. Led by arts journalist Richard Selden, discover Baltimore’s annual Mencken Day with a tour of sites connected to the city’s literary heritage.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:30 AM
Extravagant Elegance: The Gilded Age
Art historian Bonita Billman examines the opulent art, architecture, fashion, and interior design of the American upper crust between 1870 and 1910, and also explores the dramatic distance between their lives and those on the other end of the social and economic scales. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana
All-Day Tour
Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 8:00 AM
The Hollywood Musical: Four Decades of Magic! Part 3: The 1950s
The supposedly bland Eisenhower era was never more vibrant than when its exuberant musicals filled local movie houses with Technicolor-drenched, widescreen original productions and adaptations of big Broadway hits. American music specialist Robert Wyatt examines the decade when the studio musical reached its creative zenith.
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 6:45 PM
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour
A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the  Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Spies of the American Revolution: Famous to Infamous
4-Session Daytime Course
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.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:15 AM
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term
Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM
John Wilkes Booth: A Stage of Infamy
Jennifer Chiaverini discusses her new novel, Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth, in which she takes on one of American history’s most notorious villains, opening a conversation on who Booth really was, and why he assassinated one of America’s most beloved leaders.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM
The Harlem Renaissance: From New York to Washington, D.C.
Historian and scholar Michele L. Simms-Burton, a former professor of African-American studies at Howard University, leads a day that examines the creators and the works that came alive during one of the most creative and intellectually productive eras in African American history, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Murals, Morals, and Krazy Kat: How Gilded-Age Artists Told America’s Story
Art historian Theodore Barrow examines the work of various muralists who played a key role in interpreting and magnifying stories and themes of American history in the Gilded Age. He also discusses artists like Winsor McCay and George Herriman, whose work reflected an entertaining and populist version of America’s story at that time. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:45 PM
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour
A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the  Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM
The Civil War in Arlington County
Weekend Tour
The farms and orchards of this pastoral county on the doorstep of Washington, D.C., became arenas for the political and military power struggles engulfing the nation during the Civil War. Historian Kathryn Holt Springston leads a program and tour that focuses on life in Arlington County during and after the conflict.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 12:15 PM
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana
All-Day Tour
Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.
Sunday, September 25, 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 the Old Stone House.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 12:00 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 Oak Hill Cemetery.
Tuesday, October 4, 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.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:30 PM
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
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