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Historical Neighborhood Walking Tour, Early Dupont Circle- FREE In-Person Event

Historical Neighborhood Walking Tour, Early Dupont Circle - FREE In-Person Event:

This historical walking tour is an opportunity to see several historical and cultural sites in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC for FREE (though tips are accepted and appreciated) while learning about some of the early history of this famous neighborhood! Dupont Circle is one of the most beautiful, fascinating and iconic neighborhoods in our nation's capital. For this tour, we'll focus on notable sites built in the early decades of the neighborhood, specifically in the late 19th and early 20th Century, a period of great growth and development for the neighborhood as it emerged from a rural outpost at the edge of L'Enfant's original City of Washington to a center of power and influence for the fashionable elite in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. See how the burgeoning area mirrored the expansion of the city, government and country as a whole and helped lay down the roots of the dynamic neighborhood still in the middle of the action today!

No tickets are required but to keep the tour a manageable size please be on the attendance list. If your plans change and you can't attend and there's a wait list, please cancel to allow others on the wait list to attend.

Where & When We'll Meet:

We'll begin gathering outside of the north entrance of the Dupont Circle metro station at 9:45 AM. We'll give everyone about 10 minutes after 10 AM to arrive, gather and assemble before starting the tour. At 10:10 AM we'll begin by doing some short introductions/announcements and head over to our first destination, the park and fountains of Dupont Circle nearby about a block away, by 10:15 AM.

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Logistics - Please Read - Subject to Change

Event Hours: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Participants can depart whenever they like.
Weather: The event will take place rain or shine (active thunderstorms/heavy rain excepted).
Parking: Limited Street parking is available in this neighborhood, especially in late morning and early afternoon. There are several nearby paid parking garages as well.
Schedule/Meeting Points: Our first stop from the Dupont Circle metro station will be the Dupont Circle Park and fountains. After a 10-minute overview presentation at the first stop, each stop will be about 3-5 minutes on the history of the site and its larger significance in the development of the neighborhood. We'll be returning to our starting location by around 1 PM.

Here's the itinerary for the walk in the order of the sites we'll visit:

  • Dupont Circle (park and fountain).
  • Patterson Mansion (Washington Club), 15 Dupont Circle, NW
  • Wadsworth House (Sulgrave Club), 1801 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave., NW
  • Mansion on O & O Street Museum, 2020 O Street, NW
  • McLean-Walsh House (Indonesian Embassy), 2020 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Blaine Mansion, 2000 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Alice Roosevelt House, 2009 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Restroom Break at The Ven at Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Larz Anderson House (Society of the Cincinnati), 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW
  • Phillips Collection,[masked]st St., NW
  • Perry Belmont House (Order of the Eastern Star), 1618 New Hampshire Ave., NW
  • The Cairo Apartment Building, 1615 Q St., NW
  • St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW
  • Theodore Roosevelt House,[masked]th St., NW
  • Walk back to Q Street entrance of Dupont Circle metro station.

Once the tour gets moving, I will not be able to check my phone for updates or questions until after the tour ends. If you're arriving late, feel free to check one of the sites along the itinerary of the tour, as they are mostly a short walking distance away from each other, and join in there.

The total walking distance for the tour is approximately[masked] miles. The tour will likely take about[masked] hours including time for walking, presentations and short breaks, etc. It's highly recommended to bring water and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Please be ready to cover the distance and conditions of the tour before signing up.

Note: For those interested in joining, I will likely be getting lunch after the tour at the Greek restaurant Zorba's Café (Home | zorbascafe),[masked]th Street, NW.

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Safety:

This event is almost entirely outdoors. Participants may choose to enter inside specific facilities open to the public at their discretion. Masks are optional for those who choose to do so, depending on each building's guidelines.

Host:

Your event host will be Mike O'Mara, a Washington History & Culture Meetup group veteran. I'm 6'3", and I'll wear glasses and a dark blue Washington Nationals cap.

Additional Questions:

All the necessary information is provided in the event description and links. Any further questions, please ask before the event in the comments below.

John Philip Sousa: The Rise of the March King - Capitol Hill Walking Tour

oin us on Capitol Hill as we walk the childhood neighborhood of John Philip Sousa, America’s first international music superstar who, over a career lasting more than fifty years, came to become known world-wide simply as “The March King.”
Sousa was the first great American songwriter to promote his “hit” songs via constant touring, stopping at any town with a railroad station and a venue large enough to hold his world famous military-style band. Practically every small town in America came to think of Sousa almost as one of their own. During his lifetime, his songs became so popular world-wide that most people assumed that they were classics of whichever country they lived in.
During our walk through the Navy Yard neighborhood you will learn how young Sousa kept his amazing talent a secret for years, his failed plot to secretly join a circus that led to him first enlisting in the Marine Band, his shrewd, secret scheme to take over as the Marine Band leader, and how he struggled to make a living even when he was the band’s leader, often selling world-wide hit songs to a publisher for a flat fee of $35 each.
As we walk Sousa's neighborhood, you will probably recognize several of the songs he wrote in response to requests that people would make when they saw him walking the very same streets as our tour.
Starting outside the Eastern Market Metro Station on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and Eighth St. SE and concluding at 308 Independence Ave. SE, we step back in time and follow the journey of America’s first music superstar. Learn about the events that would propel him toward creating a new music business model that would make possible everything in American music that came after it.

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John Philip Sousa - YouTube

Stars and Stripes Forever
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShUBdoE2ib0

The Washington Post March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peidgSY8A50

Semper Fidelis
https://youtu.be/qgABUZ4i9co?t=46

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Event Details ...

Please note that this is an in-person, guided walking tour - not a livestream/online/virtual/Zoom program.

Registration: FREE!

Meeting Point: Starting outside the Eastern Market Metro Station on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and Eighth St. SE, we head down Eight Street into Sousa’s boyhood neighborhood, eventually concluding at his final DC home at 308 Independence Ave. SE.

Additional Questions: Anything that can't be answered by the event description, Google, or common sense, please let us know.

Your Tour Guide is Mark DeBlois, a retired public educator who has decided to spend his retirement researching and sharing the stories of the history of Washington, D.C.

We look forward to seeing you - thanks!

Mark DeBlois
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Eleanor Roosevelt - Birthday Celebration and Film History Livestream

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Let's celebrate First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's 138th birthday - born October 11, 1884.
This is a special program where we'll explore Eleanor's fascinating life and inspiring career, and we'll do it through the context of the Eleanor Roosevelt PBS documentary "American Experience".

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
SHE WAS ONE OF THE BEST POLITICIANS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
Eleanor Roosevelt struggled to overcome an unhappy childhood, betrayal in her marriage, a controlling mother-in-law, and gripping depressions — all the while staying true to her passion for social justice. This biography includes rare home movies, contemporary footage, and reflections from Eleanor’s closest surviving relatives, as well as biographers Blanche Wiesen Cook, Allida Black, and Geoffrey C. Ward, bringing to vibrant life one of the century’s most influential women.

Our film history program will have two parts.
The first portion of our two-part program (approximately 20-30 minutes) will be a brief overview of the film including its historical context, plot summary, things to look for, accuracy, etc.
The second portion of our two-part program will be a full screening of the film.
During the screening you are welcome to join your fellow participants in a live online discussion of the film via Zoom.

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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 - November 7, 1962) was an American political figure, diplomat, and activist. She served as the first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving first lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.
Roosevelt was a member of the prominent American Roosevelt and Livingston families and a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt. She married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905. She persuaded Franklin to stay in politics after he was stricken with a paralytic illness in 1921, which cost him the normal use of his legs, and began giving speeches and appearing at campaign events in his place. Following Franklin's election as Governor of New York in 1928, and throughout the remainder of Franklin's public career in government, Roosevelt regularly made public appearances on his behalf; and as First Lady, while her husband served as president, she significantly reshaped and redefined the role.
Though widely respected in her later years, Roosevelt was a controversial first lady at the time for her outspokenness. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, and speak at a national party convention. On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband's policies. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. Following her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt remained active in politics for the remaining 17 years of her life. She pressed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became its first delegate. She served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By the time of her death, Roosevelt was regarded as "one of the most esteemed women in the world"; The New York Times called her "the object of almost universal respect" in her obituary.

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Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.

YouTube Previously Recorded Programs:
http://www.Youtube.com/c/WashingtonDCHistoryCulture

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Zoom Connection Link
Login info will be emailed several times beginning 24 hours prior to the event.
If you don't receive the Zoom connection link please contact us.
Connecting a few minutes early is strongly recommended.
To join the event simply click the Zoom link and follow the instructions.
Password not required.
When all else fails please read and follow the directions. : )

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Washington, DC History & Culture
Experience the history and culture of Washington, DC - and the world!

Donations Support Our Non-Profit Community Programs - Thank You!
PayPal: [masked]
Venmo: @DCHistoryAndCulture
GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/d29491c0

We look forward to seeing you. Thanks!

Robert Kelleman
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"Southside with You" - The Obama's First Date - Film History Livestream

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We invite you to join our latest film history livestream program as we explore the lives of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama through the context of the film "Southside with You." Our program takes place on the 30th anniversary of Barack and Michelle's wedding: October 3, 1992. : )

Southside with You is a 2016 American biographical romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Richard Tanne, in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as a young Barack Obama (the future 44th president of the United States), and Michelle Robinson, respectively, and focuses on the couple's first date in 1989.

Our film history program will have two parts.
The first portion of our two-part program (approximately 20-30 minutes) will be a brief overview of the film including its historical context, plot summary, things to look for, accuracy, etc.
The second portion of our two-part program will be a full screening of the film.
During the screening you are welcome to join your fellow participants in a live online discussion of the film via Zoom.

Please note that this is a non-partisan history program open to all.

Southside with You Official Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erpUF2ToUls

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Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African-American president of the United States. Obama previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American attorney and author who served as first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She was the first African-American woman to serve in this position. She is married to former President Barack Obama.

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Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.

YouTube Previously Recorded Programs:
http://www.Youtube.com/c/WashingtonDCHistoryCulture

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Zoom Connection Link
Login info will be emailed several times beginning 24 hours prior to the event.
If you don't receive the Zoom connection link please contact us.
Connecting a few minutes early is strongly recommended.
To join the event simply click the Zoom link and follow the instructions.
Password not required.
When all else fails please read and follow the directions. : )

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Washington, DC History & Culture
Experience the history and culture of Washington, DC - and the world!

Donations Support Our Non-Profit Community Programs - Thank You!
PayPal: [masked]
Venmo: @DCHistoryAndCulture
GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/d29491c0

We look forward to seeing you. Thanks!

Robert Kelleman
[masked][masked] (text only)

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