D.C. Mondays

Photo from a D.C. Mondays program

Mondays at 12 PM in the fall and spring semesters

D.C. Mondays welcomes you for a series of weekly lunchtime meetups with fellow D.C. history buffs, historians, students, and faculty. Join us every Monday during the academic year for lectures, gallery talks, film screenings, or discussion on D.C. history, politics, art, architecture, or archaeology. Many topics are inspired by the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection.

D.C. Mondays takes place from 12–1 p.m. at the museum, located at 701 21st Street, NW. All sessions include a presentation with time for discussion and debate. Free; no reservations required.

Give a D.C. Mondays Talk

Do you have a research project about Washington, D.C. that you would like to share? Are you an author with a new take on the city's history? Are you a filmmaker or artist working on a piece that interprets D.C. history or culture?

Email [email protected]  with your short bio, an abstract, and, if applicable, a photo of the work you would like to present at a D.C. Mondays program. The museum accepts proposals year-round for our fall and spring semester calendars. 

Upcoming Programs

Lecture: D.C. Slave Escapes Through Bladensburg

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:00pm

Douglas McElrath tells the stories of enslaved people who escaped captivity through Bladensburg and northwest Washington between 1790 and 1850.

Lecture: African Americans Serving in Contraband Hospitals

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 12:00pm

National Library of Medicine Curator Jill Newmark shares the story of a D.C. hospital that treated black soldiers and civilians during the Civil War, and the African American nurses and surgeons who served there.

Lecture: Washington, D.C., During the First Congress

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:00pm

William "Chuck" diGiacomantonio explores the evolving dynamic of the District through letters and accounts from senators and residents.

Book Talk: "No Access Washington, D.C."

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 12:00pm

Beth Kanter and Emily Pearl Goodstein expose the unknown and unseen parts of D.C., from secret alleys to hidden caverns to artistic hideaways.

Lecture: The Slaves Who Built D.C.

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 12:00pm

Historian Lina Mann tells the stories of enslaved individuals who built the iconic buildings of Washington, D.C., including the White House, U.S. Capitol, Post Office, Patent Office, and many others.

Lecture: Hidden History in Foggy Bottom’s Alleys

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

Expert Washington tour guide Carolyn Crouch shares the unique history of the museum's neighborhood, Foggy Bottom, and its many secrets and untold histories.

Lecture: The Exorcist’s Washington

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:00pm

Join David Wilt, GW lecturer in film studies, to uncover the real events in 1940s Washington, D.C., that inspired the horror film.

Lecture: History of the State Department

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 12:00pm

Historian Seth Rotramel explores the origin and evolution of the State Department, one of the original U.S. departments.

Book Talk: “The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution”

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 12:00pm

Author Lindsay Chervinsky shares the story of George Washington’s creation of the Presidential Cabinet.

Film Screening: “Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell”

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

Filmmaker Cintia Cabib will screen and discuss her new documentary exploring the lives and work of two accomplished but unsung African American women artists who lived and worked in Washington, D.C.

Book Talk: "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home”

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 12:00pm

Richard Bell discusses his new book, Stolen, which shares the troubling story of five free young men kidnapped from their home in Philadelphia and their courageous journey back to freedom.