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Washington, DC History & Culture

"Bringing People Together to Experience the History and Culture of Washington, DC - and the world!"

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We look forward to seeing you - thanks!

Robert Kelleman

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202-821-6325 (text only)

Bevorstehende Events (5)

Pop-Ups: Two Events About the National Mall: Cherry Trees and the Tidal Basin

Pop-Ups: Two Events About the National Mall: Cherry Trees and the Tidal Basin Pop-events are brought to you by the Washington, DC History & Culture Meetup Group: a pop-up event is an event hosted by another organization, culturally/historically related, and free. The event is streamed/presented by the other organization. These are no-host events; the information is being posted here so you can receive a reminder of the event as well as to post your comments before, during, or after the event if you’d like. You must register with the sponsoring organization to get the link to attend the events. After recent events, I am treasuring the National Mall more than ever and have learned we cannot take access to it for granted. Join us on January 27th for two events presented by the Trust for the National Mall, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that assists in the restoration, enrichment, and preservation of the National Mall. These are two separate virtual events. Please read the descriptions carefully. Separate registration is required for each event (as each one has a separate co-sponsor); attendance may be limited. If you want to attend both, you must register for each event. I couldn’t decide which one is more interesting—so I’m posting both so you can choose! Best, MaryBeth Event #1: Seasonal Series Featuring Author Daniel Stone Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 4:00-5:00PM EST Registration Link available at https://nationalmall.org/calendar/womens-leadership-committee-seasonal-series-daniel-stone From the website: “Best-selling author Daniel Stone will be sharing about the adventures of American food spy David Fairchild, who introduced hundreds of crops, including avocados, mangoes, and dates, to a hungry country and helped advocate for the introduction of the cherry trees on the National Mall. “Join us for this special presentation about the man who changed what Americans eat and shaped Washington’s springtime landscape for generations.” Edited info on the presenter: Daniel Stone is a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany. He writes for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University. Event #2: The Tidal Basin in Context: Dialogues on Public Space Today Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – 5:30-6:30PM. Online Zoom Event. Register at https://nationalmall.org/calendar/the-tidal-basin-in-context-dialogues-on-public-space-today The organization will send you an email with the Zoom link. It will not be posted here. From the website: “Conceived of and moderated by Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins, curators of the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab exhibition, this evening program co-hosted by the Trust for the National Mall and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is the first in a series of conversations about the changing nature of public space and the complexities of its preservation. The curators will be joined by Setha Low and Seri Worden who will explore the Ideas Lab and the nature of public space in terms of gatherings and demands for political and social change. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited.” Further info on Tidal Basic Ideas Lab: https://tidalbasinideaslab.org/ The Trust for the National Mall: https://nationalmall.org/ National Trust for Historic Preservation: https://savingplaces.org/ National Mall Monument Cam (atop the Washington Monument): https://nationalmall.org/monumentcam

The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper Livestream

It's Saturday night - let's remember Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper by commemorating the 62nd anniversary of "The Day the Music Died." Our program will feature biographical information and musical selections from the three performers, an overview of the events of surrounding their deaths, and their influence on pop culture, both music and film , including clips from the films The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba. On February 3, 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The event later became known as "The Day the Music Died", after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his 1971 song "American Pie". Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression, and learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts, which he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was a rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement during eight-month recording career. Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and disc jockey. __________________________ This is a musical history program where we will provide the historical context of various topics with an emphasis on pop culture (as opposed to music theory) including selected video recordings and biographical from various artists. The historical items will be provided via pictures and video so viewing the presentation on-screen is recommended, but you are also free to just listen to the program via audio-only. Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture. __________________________ Zoom Connection: This educational and entertaining program is open to all regardless of age, geographic location, etc. and since it is an online/virtual event via Zoom you can connect from anywhere in the world. This is a free program - voluntary donations greatly appreciated to support our non-profit community programs. Zoom events have a limit on the number of people that can participate and therefore the event may “sell-out” once a certain number of registrations has been reached. Zoom Connection Link Will Be Emailed: Login info will emailed several times beginning 24 hours prior to the event. If you haven’t received the Zoom connection 8 hours before the event please contact us. Zoom Connection Suggestions: Connecting a few minutes early is strongly recommended. To join the event simply click the Zoom link and follow the instructions. If clicking the link doesn’t work try copying and pasting it instead. Zoom may work better in some browsers/devices than others - if one doesn’t work try another. When all else fails please read and follow the directions. : ) _________________________ 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 - and the world!” For more entertaining and educational programs visit us at: Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/DCHistoryAndCulture YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/WashingtonDCHistoryCulture We look forward to seeing you - thanks! Robert Kelleman [masked][masked] (text only)

London, The Stuart Period, 1603-1714 - Plague! Fire! Revolution! Livestream

On this virtual tour we’ll see the sights of London in the mid-late 1600s as the foundations are laid for the modern City we know today. We’ll rub shoulders with naughty Nell Gwynne, one of the first actresses to catch the king’s eye at his newly opened theatre! We’ll stare wide-eyed as a careless baker unwittingly causes the medieval city to go up in flames… We greet the great Sir Christopher Wren as he quickly draws up his designs for the new modern London (including a revolutionary cathedral that shocked the city fathers). We’ll cosy up and have a cuppa in the hotbeds of revolution – the new coffee shops. We’ll encounter the experience of every day Londoners as we peek at the diary of Samuel Pepys and hold his hand through an excruciating operation! We’ll take a stroll through the fashionable new squares as London expands westwards… so step into your carriage, wear your full bottomed wigs & prepare for a virtual ride through Restoration London! This is a sequel to our previous program Medieval London: Monks, Mysteries, Muck & Mayhem a recording of which can be found on our "Washington, DC History & Culture" YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MZe_ZZMCTY __________________________ Our host for this program is Simon Whitehouse of London Walks. My name is Simon Whitehouse-storyteller of London. I am a dynamic, enthusiastic and passionate guide whose aim is to inform, educate and entertain. With a background in professional theatre, I believe the essence of good guiding is storytelling and as a gifted communicator I aim to bring the story of London to life for you. I have a passion for art history, literature and theatre and can tailor programmes to suit your individual or group needs. I bring a wealth of experience as a guide having guided groups and individuals in the UK and worldwide for 20 years so you can be assured of being in very safe hands. I look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful city. Simon Whitehouse [masked] https://twitter.com/tourguidesimon https://www.instagram.com/bluebadgesimon/ __________________________ Zoom Connection: This educational and entertaining program is open to all regardless of age, geographic location, etc. and since it is an online/virtual event via Zoom you can connect from anywhere in the world. This is a free program - voluntary donations greatly appreciated to support our non-profit community programs. Zoom events have a limit on the number of people that can participate and therefore the event may “sell-out” once a certain number of registrations has been reached. Zoom Connection Link Will Be Emailed: Login info will emailed approximately 8-24 hours prior to the event. If you haven’t received the Zoom connection an hour before the event please contact us. Zoom Connection Suggestions: Connecting to Zoom a few minutes early is strongly recommended. This is a visual presentation so the bigger device screen that you can use the better. To join the event simply click the Zoom link that is emailed separately and follow the instructions. If clicking the link doesn’t work you can try copying and pasting it instead. Depending on the device Zoom may work better in some browsers/devices than others - if one doesn’t work try another. If you are disconnected for any reason just reconnect. When all else fails please read and follow the directions. : ) _________________________ This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture. For more entertaining and educational programs visit us at: Facebook https://www.Facebook.com/DCHistoryAndCulture YouTube http://www.youtube.com/c/WashingtonDCHistoryCulture We look forward to seeing you - thanks! Robert Kelleman [masked][masked] (text only)

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, NC (Please Read The Event Description)

PLEASE READ THE EVENT DESCRIPTION! To Participate In This Event: 1). Click The Event Link Below. This program is being promoted by Washington, DC History & Culture but is being hosted by a separate organization (the National Museum of the U.S. Army). Therefore, those interested in participating must register via the host organization’s web link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-history-tour-the-battle-of-guilford-courthouse-tickets-137832208847?aff= If you don’t click on one of the above links and register, then you WILL NOT be participating. 2). After Registering Just Follow The Instructions. If you registered via the above link, then you will immediately receive an email confirmation from the host organization (not Meetup). The host organization will send the connection info prior to the event. If you don’t receive any such information beforehand then contact the host organization. If you don’t/didn’t receive any program connection info then it’s most likely because you didn’t register - especially if you don’t have an RSVP confirmation. If clicking the provided link doesn't work try a different browser/device, or try copying and pasting it. 3). WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS! Unfortunately due to time limitations I’m not able to respond to any communications from people that obviously didn’t read and follow the above instructions. : ( Thank you. __________________________ Join the National Museum of the US Army for the first in its series of one-hour virtual tours of American battlefields and sites. Join the National Museum of the US Army on 2 February at 7 PM EST for the first in its series of one-hour virtual tours of American battlefields, forts, and other sites related to the Army’s extensive history. The first tour will focus on the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in March 1781, one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War. There on a cold, damp afternoon in North Carolina’s piedmont region, American forces under Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene fought Lt. Gen. Charles, Lord Cornwallis's British army in a decisive two-hour battle that resulted in a Pyrrhic British victory, but was also a strategic triumph for Greene and the cause of Independence in the South. Hosted by Museum historian John Maass, this program will combine the narrative of events of the campaign and battle, along with historic images, Soldiers’ stories, maps, and pictures of the battleground today. This program will be repeated live on 9 January at 12PM EST. Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-history-tour-the-battle-of-guilford-courthouse-tickets-137832208847?aff= If you don’t click on one of the above links and register, then you WILL NOT be participating. __________________________ The Battle of Guilford Court House was fought on March 15, 1781, during the American Revolutionary War, at a site which is now in Greensboro, the seat of Guilford County, North Carolina. A 2,100-man British force under the command of Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis defeated Major General Nathanael Greene's 4,500 Americans. The British Army, however, suffered a considerable number of casualties during the battle (with estimates as high as 27% of their total force). The battle was "the largest and most hotly contested action" in the American Revolution's southern theater. Before the battle, the British had great success in conquering much of Georgia and South Carolina with the aid of strong Loyalist factions, and thought that North Carolina might be within their grasp. In the wake of the battle, Greene moved into South Carolina, while Cornwallis chose to march into Virginia and attempt to link up with roughly 3,500 men under British Major General Phillips and American turncoat Benedict Arnold. These decisions allowed Greene to unravel British control of the South, while leading Cornwallis to Yorktown where he was eventually forced to surrender to General George Washington. Thanks! Robert

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