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Defending the Capital: Civil War Forts and Fortifications
All-Day Tour

Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead a tour that traces the Union capital’s vital role in the conflict, focusing on the sites of forts and defensive fortifications in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. 

Date
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
The Civil War: Three Key Sites - Harpers Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg
All-Day Tour

Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania were the settings for some of the most momentous events of the Civil War. During this introductory tour led by historian Gregg Clemmer, learn about and explore the sites of three major battles in our region.

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Love in World Religions: Comparative Religious Experiences

What do some of the great religious traditions of the world teach us today about the nature of love, that most powerful of human emotions? In this thoughtful daylong program, comparative religion scholar Graham M. Schweig explores and compares the expressions of perfect love found in the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions—as well as our modern ideas and experiences.

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Traveling on the Danube: River of History

Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
John Eaton Salutes Four Giants of American Song
4-Session Daytime Course

Pianist extraordinaire John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations and performs selections from four legendary composers of popular American song in this engaging and entertaining course: Jerome Kern, Cole Porter; Harold Arlen; and George Gershwin.  And, of course, he always takes requests!

Date
Wednesday, April 12 to May 3, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
A Rock Creek Park Tour
All-Day Tour

Celebrate the beauty of spring on a daylong guided visit to DC’s beloved urban oasis, Rock Creek Park, with local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley and other experts on the park and its history.

Date
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
George Washington’s Alexandria
Morning Walking Tour

No other town is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, which he considered his home town. He surveyed its streets as a teenager in 1749, and his public memorial service was held here 50 years later. Join author and historian Garrett Peck on a tour that visits churches, houses, taverns, and other sites associated with the first president.

Date
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies, the Songs, the Life
6-Session Daytime Course

The music-loving public has embraced Mahler as the most important symphonic voice of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Popular Smithsonian music lecturer Saul Lilienstein takes an in-depth look at this seminal figure of the modern age and his music. Sessions are highlighted by music and DVD recordings.

Date
Tuesday, April 18 to May 23, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Introduction to Western Art: From Caves to Constantine
6-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Renee Gondek leads a survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Paleolithic period, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds, and investigates how these ancient material cultures are still reflected in our own. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to May 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
George Washington’s Alexandria
Afternoon Walking Tour

No other town is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, which he considered his home town. He surveyed its streets as a teenager in 1749, and his public memorial service was held here 50 years later. Join author and historian Garrett Peck on a tour that visits churches, houses, taverns, and other sites associated with the first president.

Date
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party

Historians are fascinated by Andrew Jackson, a complex man whose forceful personality (he was universally known as “Old Hickory”) influenced the political culture of his time as he dominated both the presidency and Congress for two terms (1828-36). Historian Stephen D. Engle revisits the Jackson presidency and how it relates to our current political culture.

Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Arts and Crafts Movement: Simplicity, Humanity, Beauty

From William Morris’s richly pattered designs drawn from nature to the bold beauty of Greene and Greene’s California domestic architecture, the arts and crafts movement has left a wide and enduring legacy. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the artists and ideas that led to its international flowering. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Best of Brooklyn
Overnight Tour

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Date
Depart: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 24, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Sears Houses of Arlington
All-Day Tour

From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 of its prefabricated Modern Homes kits, affordable dwellings assembled on site that offered Americans of moderate means the chance to own an up-to-date house. Arlington County, which saw a boom in its growth during the 1920s, boasts a significant collection of these kit houses.

Date
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
George Washington’s Alexandria
Afternoon Walking Tour

No other town is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, which he considered his home town. He surveyed its streets as a teenager in 1749, and his public memorial service was held here 50 years later. Join author and historian Garrett Peck on a tour that visits churches, houses, taverns, and other sites associated with the first president.

Date
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spring at the National Arboretum
Morning Tour

The National Arboretum, one of DC’s best-kept secrets, is home to 9 miles of winding parkland roads covering more than 450 acres. Enjoy a spring tour at what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Spring at the National Arboretum
Afternoon Tour

The National Arboretum, one of DC’s best-kept secrets, is home to 9 miles of winding parkland roads covering more than 450 acres. Enjoy a spring tour at what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wheaton Arts: 300 Years of American Glassmaking
All-Day Tour

The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, honors the region’s connection to the glassmaking industry. It’s the perfect destination for a day focused on historic glass and contemporary makers, including a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum of American Glass.

Date
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Maurice Ravel in 1920s Paris

He readily comes to mind as the composer of the great orchestral work, Bolero, but Maurice Ravel was one of the great mainstays of musical life in Paris of the 1920s. His work celebrated the greatness of France’s musical past as he also drew on modern techniques of musical composition.  Explore his musical genius and virtuosity in a lively daylong program highlighted by recordings and live piano performances.

Date
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Discover Cuba: One Island, Many Worlds

After so many years, a thaw in diplomatic relations offers hope for greater opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba and to rediscover a still-evolving island and its people. Emilio Cueto, a popular Smithsonian Journeys’ study tour leader to Cuba, takes you on a virtual journey around the amazing island in the Caribbean.

Date
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Splendors of Newport
4-Day Tour

Gilded Age society elevated summering by the sea to a whole new level when they transformed Newport into the fashionable location for an 8-week season that was both formal and flamboyant. Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a 4-day tour that lets you step into the elegant world of Henry James and Edith Wharton.

Date
Depart: Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, May 8 2017, 9:30 p.m.
A Day at London’s National Gallery and Tate Britain

There is a reason that London’s National Gallery and the Tate Britain are must-sees for art lovers. In them, one can explore more than five centuries of Western painting. Spend a day with art historian Bonita Billman as she examines the rich holdings of these two world-class museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
DC Goes Green: New Growth, New Approaches
All-Day Tour

Visit local commercial, health care, academic, and residential settings that reflect the city’s most eco-friendly trends in urban architecture and landscape design. Even lunch goes green at a restaurant with its own rooftop gardening program.

Date
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Jewish Heritage in New York City
All-Day Tour

Spend a fascinating day as you immerse yourself in the lives of immigrant families at the Tenement Museum and get an insightful overview of heritage, culture, and art at the Center for Jewish History, a Smithsonian affiliate organization.

Date
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.