Friday, September 6, 2013

40th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies

Here's the schedule for the upcoming 40th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies. It is going to be great. I highly recommend Professor Masur's lecture on Thursday night and, of course, the reception, but all the sessions are fabulous. The conference space is beautiful too. Drop by even for one or two sessions. All the newest research on DC topics!

Thursday, November 14, 2013 – Location: George Washington University
6:00-7:00  All-Conference Reception
7:00-9:00 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture
Featuring Kate Masur, Professor of History at Northwestern University,author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). 
Friday, November 15, 2013 – Location: Carnegie Library/Historical Society of Washington DC
9:00-9:30 Opening
9:30-11:00 Session 1: Alley Life in Washington DC, 1865-1935
11:00-11:15 break
11:00-12:30 Concurrent Sessions
• 2:  Freedom-seeking During the Civil War: United States Colored Troops,Contrabands, and Fugitive Slaves in the District of Columbia,
• 3:  Memorials
• 4:  The Transition to Home Rule in Washington, D.C.
12:15-2:00 History Network
2:15-3:30 Concurrent Sessions
• 5: Marching on Washington: African American Architects in Washington
• 6: Civil War Washington
• 7: African American Women and Washington
3:30-3:45 break
3:45-5:30 Concurrent Sessions
•  8: Gentrification and its Discontents: Displacement and policy efforts to mitigate its effects, 1970- 2013
•  9: 1814 and 1864
• 10: Collections in DC repositories
5:30-6:30: Chinatown – a new film looking at today’s Chinatown and its future in the context of historical studies 
Saturday, November 16, 2013 – Location: Carnegie Library/Historical
Society of Washington DC
9:00-9:30 Opening
• 11:  A Century of Federal Workers in Washington DC
• 12: Campus and Complex in the Nation’s Capital
• 13: Public Facilities and Racial Equity in Washington
10:45-11:00 break
11:15-12:30 Concurrent Sessions
• 14: Prince Hall Freemasonry in the District of Columbia
• 15: Washington's Culinary History
• 16: The District of Columbia in the Antebellum Years
12:30-2:00 Concurrent Sessions / Lunch
• 17: HGIS: Digitally Mapping History in DC and Beyond
• 18: Public Service Commission at 100
2:15-3:30 Concurrent Sessions
• 19: African American Washington
• 20:  Protests
• 21: DC Community History Project: Discovering Hidden Communities
3:30-3:45 break
3:45-5:30 Concurrent Sessions
• 22: The Archaeology of DC Parks and the Play DC Playground Initiative
• 23: Neighborhood Change and Placemaking
• 24: War of 1812 
Sunday, November 17, 2013 –Locations – various tours
• Bladensburg bus tour
• Downtown/Lafayette Square/Mall tours 
Films will also run on a loop in one of the rooms throughout the conference Friday and Saturday.
The conference is co-sponsored by Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, Cultural Tourism DC, GeorgeWashington University, H-DC, Washington, D.C. History (, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Humanities Council of Washington, DC, Rainbow History Project, Special Collections/DC Public Library (Washingtoniana Division).For most up-to-date information visit:

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