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Washington, DC History & Culture

"Bringing People Together to Experience the History and Culture of Washington, DC."

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For more fun and educational programs visit us at:

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#DCHistoryAndCulture

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We look forward to seeing you - thanks!

Robert Kelleman

rkelleman@yahoo.com

202-821-6325 (text only)

Upcoming events (5+)

Smithsonian Art Gallery Talk: Frank Romero’s "Death of Rubén Salazar" (FREE)

Take a lunch break and join Smithsonian American Art Museum research fellows—the next generation of scholars of American art—as they share new discoveries about artworks from the collection. Learn the stories behind these works of art and find out what they can tell us about America’s ever-changing culture. On May 31, research fellow J.V. Decemvirale on Frank Romero’s Death of Rubén Salazar (1986) __________________________________ Exhibition Label Romero memorializes Rubén Salazar, a Los Angeles Times journalist and key chronicler of the Chicano civil rights movement. After covering the Chicano Moratorium of 1970, an anti-Vietnam War demonstration, Salazar stopped at the Silver Dollar Café in East LA. Reports of an armed disturbance sent deputies to the scene. A tear-gas projectile shot into the bar killed Salazar instantly. Romero combined references to this tragic day with a vision of the future when Salazar is the subject of a film announced on a theater marquee. The work’s large scale and subject link it with a tradition of grand painting that commemorates events that shaped history. Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013 Gallery Label Rubén Salazar was a writer for the Los Angeles Times and was active in the civil rights battles of the 1960s. When Chicanos rallied against the Vietnam War on August 29, 1970, the Los Angeles police fired tear-gas canisters into the Silver Dollar Bar, where Salazar was struck and killed. Romero painted Death of Rubén Salazar on the scale of Mexico's revolutionary murals, but used the brilliant colors of the East L.A. barrio. To the right, a movie marquee announces that La Muerte de Rubén Salazar is now playing. At the left of the Silver Dollar, the Casa de Cambio suggests not only the exchange of paychecks and cash but also the idea of change in the community. Officers, clouds of gas, buildings, and lowriders all share the bold brushwork and fiery color of graffiti, but this exuberance masks the emotional toll that painting the scene exacted. Romero acknowledges that it takes years to think through and to paint these episodes in the life of his community. He did not grow up thinking of himself as a Chicano, but embraced that identity after years of working with three other Latino artists in an informal group known as Los Four. The year he painted Death of Rubén Salazar, Romero said that "there's all this talk about America not having a culture other than McDonald's...I do have a culture. It's Aztlan." He was referring to the mythical birthplace of the Aztec people. https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/death-ruben-salazar-33584 __________________________________ Registration: FREE and all are welcome to attend. Weather: This event is indoors and will take place rain or shine. If it’s on our calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled. Meeting Point: The museum's G Street lobby entrance. The program starts at 12:15 but arrive a few minutes early - 12:10. Look for your host Robert, wearing a fedora-style hat, and a group of friendly people. Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know. __________________________________ This program is presented Smithsonian and is being promoted by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.” For more fun and educational programs visit us at: https://www.Facebook.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://www.Meetup.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://DCHistoryAndCulture.Eventbrite.com https://www.Instagram.com/DCHistoryAndCulture #DCHistoryAndCulture ___________________________________ We look forward to seeing you - thanks! Robert Kelleman [masked][masked] (text only) https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertkelleman/

“Walt Whitman & Civil War Washington” Guided Walking Tour (FREE)

Friday, May 31 is the 200th birthday of poet and writer Walt Whitman - one of DC’s favorite adopted sons. Born in New York City, Walt moved to Washington, DC during the Civil War and spent approximately a decade here - writing, working as a federal government employee, and volunteering at various local Civil War hospitals. Join us for a walk through the streets of Washington as we explore Walt’s fascinating life, in particular his time in in DC during the Civil War, with an opportunity to hear some of his poetry and writings. Our two-hour walk will cover approximately a mile and a half and will visit many prominent places connected to Walt Whitman and the Civil War including: - The Newseum - The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office - The Smithsonian American Art Museum / National Portrait Gallery - Ford’s Theatre - Freedom Plaza - The Willard Hotel - The White House / Lafayette Square - And many more (we’ll only be visiting the exterior of the buildings listed above) This program will be led by Robert Kelleman, the founder of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DCHistoryAndCulture Please note that during our guided walk we will be presenting information on Walt Whitman and the Civil War via handouts, microphone, visual aids, etc. However, due to the strong interest in some of our programs, and depending on the size of the group (which can be 50-100+ people), there may be challenges for some participants in seeing and hearing all of the material. We prefer to overcome these challenges to the best of our abilities rather than turn anyone away. __________________________________ Walt Whitman From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Walter Whitman (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. Born in Huntington on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and—in addition to publishing his poetry—was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Whitman __________________________________ Registration: FREE and all are welcome to attend. Weather: This event will take place light rain (sprinkles) or shine. If it’s on our calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled. Meeting Point: 6:00 pm sharp outside of the Neseum’s Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. Look for your host Robert, wearing a fedora-style hat, and a group of friendly people. Ending Point: The White House / Lafayette Square. Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know. __________________________________ This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.” For more fun and educational programs visit us at: https://www.Facebook.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://www.Meetup.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://DCHistoryAndCulture.Eventbrite.com https://www.Instagram.com/DCHistoryAndCulture #DCHistoryAndCulture ___________________________________ We look forward to seeing you - thanks! Robert Kelleman [masked][masked] (text only) https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertkelleman/

Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend: See Great Museums for FREE + Dinner After

Dupont Circle metro station (North Exit)

Visit spectacular museums during the 36th Annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend - an opportunity to see beautiful art, homes, gardens and more - all for FREE! Participating Museums - Open Saturday and Sunday (June 1-2) from 11:00 - 4:00 Unless Otherwise Noted Include: - The Larz Anderson House / The Society of Cincinnati - The Phillips Collection (opens at 12:00 on Sunday) - The President Woodrow Wilson House - The Dumbarton House / The Colonial Dames of America - The National Museum of American Jewish Military History (Sunday only) Tickets: No tickets are required - just show up. This event is open to the public and all are welcome including individuals, couples, groups and children. You are invited to RSVP with us, Washington, DC History & Culture, to receive event and weather updates, tips and suggestions, etc. through email and/or social media. YouTube Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I-aSTT3ZLw ______________________________ Washington, DC History & Culture: You are welcome to visit the museums on your own, or with members of our non-profit community organization - Washington, DC History & Culture - on Sunday, June 2. The advantage of coming with us is that we’ve participated in this event for the past several years and can guide you to the locations. You’ll also get a chance to meet a lot of like-minded, friendly people as we’ll bring markers and stickers for people in our group to write their first name, so you can keep track of who is who as opposed to just attending by yourself. Also, participants can visit any or all of the museums with us - and can arrive and depart whenever they like as the event takes place from 11:00 to 4:00. Meet Us at Any of These Places: Dupont Circle Metro - North Station Exit Time: 10:30 - 10:45 Address: Connecticut Ave, Q St. & 20th The museums don’t open until 11:00. However, let’s arrive early to the Dupont Circle Metro and we can socialize, provide an overview of the day’s program, distribute our blank name tags, etc. We’ll depart Dupont Circle at approximately 10:45 and walk to the Anderson House. If you want to join our group you can either meet us at Dupont Circle or at one of the museums. Larz Anderson House / The Society of Cincinnati Our Visit: 11:00 - 12:00 Address: 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW In the spring of 1905, Anderson House was completed and took its place as one of the capital city's most fashionable mansions—a "Florentine villa in the midst of American independence." The firm of Arthur Little and Herbert Browne of Boston designed the mansion as the winter residence of Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel, an author and benefactress. For more than thirty years, the couple enjoyed their Washington home as a showcase for their art collection, a backdrop for high society galas, and a home from which they explored what they considered "the most beautiful of American cities." http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/anderson_house/history The Phillips Collection Our Visit: 12:15 - 1:15 Address:[masked]st St NW Encounter superb works of modern art in an intimate setting at The Phillips Collection, opened to the public in 1921 in Washington’s vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood. Paintings by Renoir and Rothko, Lawrence and O’Keeffe, Van Gogh and Diebenkorn are among the many stunning impressionist and modern works that fill the museum. Its distinctive building combines extensive new galleries with the former home of its founder, Duncan Phillips. The collection continues to develop with selective new acquisitions, many by contemporary artists. http://www.phillipscollection.org/ President Woodrow Wilson House Our Visit: 1:35 - 2:35 Address: 2340 S St NW President Wilson imagined the world at peace and proposed a plan for achieving that vision. Nearly a century later, President Wilson’s challenge remains unfulfilled. The President Woodrow Wilson House gives a special glimpse into the private life of Woodrow Wilson while preserving his important legacy for future generations. After serving as the twenty-eighth President of the United States, where he led the nation through World War I, won the Nobel Peace Prize and created the League of Nations, Woodrow Wilson moved to S Street in 1921 to reflect on his career as educator, president and world statesman. http://www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org/ Dumbarton House / The Colonial Dames of America Our Visit: 3:00 - 4:00 Address: 2715 Q St NW A visit to Dumbarton House, built c. 1800, offers guests a unique opportunity to view one of the finest examples of Federal period architecture in the U.S., along with its impressive furniture and decorative arts collections. They take away a clear idea of what life was like in the earliest days of our nation’s capital. In addition to being a historic house museum, Dumbarton House is also the headquarters of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. http://dumbartonhouse.org/ Optional Dupont Circle Dinner Time: 4:20 - ? Location: TBD Additional Info - Dupont-Kalorama Museums Web Site http://dupontkaloramamc.com/ ______________________________ Weather: This event is mostly indoors and will take place rain (which will reduce the crowds) or shine. Parking: There is paid and free parking throughout the area. Meeting Point: It’s best to meet us at the Dupont Circle Metro Station, but you can also meet us at one of the museums. How to Find Us: Look for people wearing name tags that say “Washington, DC History & Culture,” which we’ll hand out. Our Schedule: Guests are free to come along with us in a “buffet-style” event, visiting the museums we select, or you can venture off on your own. Participants are also free to arrive and depart whenever they like. We’ll be walking to the various sites. Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know. _________________________ This program is hosted by our friends at the Dupont Kalorama Museum Consortium and is being promoted by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.” https://www.Facebook.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://www.Meetup.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://DCHistoryAndCulture.Eventbrite.com https://www.Instagram.com/DCHistoryAndCulture/ #DCHistoryAndCulture We look forward to seeing you - thanks! Robert Kelleman Washington, DC History & Culture [masked][masked] (text only) https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertkelleman/

D-Day 75th Anniversary Exhibit - Smithsonian American History Museum (FREE)

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the museum displays objects from our World War II collections. Featured objects include a rare and authentic marble grave marker of the type used in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France; one of two existing grappling hooks use by Army Rangers at Point du Hoc in Normandy; identification tags; photographs; a canteen; and spent .50-caliber machine gun casings recovered from Utah Beach. The display documents the tremendous human cost of D-Day and tells the story of this first invasion of the Battle of Normandy which ultimately liberated Western Europe from Nazi control. National Museum of American History 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 3rd Floor, East Gateway https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/upcoming __________________________________ This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.” For more fun and educational programs visit us at: https://www.Facebook.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://www.Meetup.com/DCHistoryAndCulture https://DCHistoryAndCulture.Eventbrite.com https://www.Instagram.com/DCHistoryAndCulture #DCHistoryAndCulture ___________________________________ We look forward to seeing you - thanks! Robert Kelleman [masked][masked] (text only) https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertkelleman/

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Remembering D-Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

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