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Jan
17
Thu
The Washington Navy Yard and the Civil War @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come hear historian Tom Frezza outline the Civil War history of the Washington Navy Yard on January 17 at 6 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

For most people, the Washington Navy Yard is just another walled off military complex in the District. But behind these walls is a rich history spanning from 1798 to the present. The time period during the American Civil War was no exception. During the war, the Navy Yard was an integral part of the defense of Washington. From the early days of the war, when Commandant Franklin Buchanan resigned his commission to join the Confederacy, leaving the Yard to Commander John A. Dahlgren, to the dark last days of the war when Lincoln assassination conspirators were brought to the Yard following their capture, the Washington Navy Yard witnessed it all. Come and learn about the history of one of the best kept secrets of Washington DC.

The presentation begins at 6 PM on January 17 at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. The presentation will be pay-what-you-please.

Thomas Frezza is the Director of Education at the National Museum of the United States Navy. Originally from Rhode Island, he received in bachelors in Parks, Recreation and Eco Tourism from Unity College in Maine in 2008, after which he moved to the area to work for the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry. In 2010 he received his master’s in History from Shippensburg University, while also starting a job with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Working his way up through the ranks of the museum, he developed staff and docent training, wrote and facilitated tours, and worked with artifacts in his final position as Collections Manager. Today he leads programs, develops curriculum, writes and leads tours, and is one of the public faces of the National Museum of the United States Navy.

Jan
18
Fri
Seen on Screen: State of the Union Address @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Join us to learn about the history of the State of the Union address and the constitutionally mandated presidential message to Congress. Watch a compilation of State of the Union addresses and discuss the role of the speech in one of the most visible ceremonies of the U.S. government. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall.

Jan
25
Fri
Seen on Screen: State of the Union Address @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Join us to learn about the history of the State of the Union address and the constitutionally mandated presidential message to Congress. Watch a compilation of State of the Union addresses and discuss the role of the speech in one of the most visible ceremonies of the U.S. government. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall.

Jan
28
Mon
“The Road to Babi Yar”: Film Screening and Discussion @ JCC of Northern Virginia
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
“The Road to Babi Yar”: Film Screening and Discussion @ JCC of Northern Virginia

On the Road to Babi Yar

A Film Screening and Conversation Series in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

With the invasion by the German Wehrmacht into the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, a new stage of the Holocaust began—mass execution by bullets. Documentary film “The Road to Babi Yar” (Israel, 2018) presents events of the first 100 days of the occupation of Soviet Ukraine, as well as the evolution of the mass murder system at hundreds of killing sites symbolized by Babi Yar. Conversations with historians such as Timothy Snyder, eyewitnesses, and Jewish survivors help recreate a comprehensive picture of the fate of the 1.5 million Jews of Ukraine who died in the Shoah.

107 minutes | Ukrainian, Russian, English, Hebrew, subtitles in English

Q&A with director Boris Maftsir and dessert reception to follow. Registration kindly requested. 

Speakers:
Boris Maftsir, Israeli documentary filmmaker
Izabella Tabarovsky, Senior Associate, Kennan Institute

 

 

Organized by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center with support from the Embassy of Israel in the United States and Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University

Mar
23
Sat
Women’s History Celebration @ DAR Museum
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the DAR Museum! Join us to recognize powerful American women who left their mark on history. Come learn about your favorite heroines and discover some new faces as well. Activities, crafts, games, and more with FREE admission!

Aug
3
Sat
World’s Fair at the DAR Museum @ DAR Museum
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

“You must see this fair.” – Hamlin Garland, 1893

Experience the excitement, innovation, and wonder of a c.1900 World’s Fair. Learn about inventions that thrilled fairgoers and play games enjoyed by children and adults alike at these grand events. Celebrate cultures around the world by exploring the booths of local embassies and cultural centers. Fun for the whole family, this event is not one to miss!