D.C. Mondays at the Museum

Photo from a D.C. Mondays at the Museum program
Mondays at 12 PM in the fall and spring semesters

D.C. Mondays at the Museum 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 at the Museum 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. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cup of coffee on us! Free; no reservations required.

Give a D.C. Mondays at the Museum 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 washingtoniana@gwu.edu  with your short bio, an abstract, and, if applicable, a photo of the work you would like to present at a D.C. Monday at the Museum program. The museum accepts proposals year-round for our fall and spring semester calendars. 

Upcoming Programs

Lecture: (Re)Discovering the Tradition of Social Activism in D.C.

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Mitch Snyder (1943-1990) was a radical advocate for the rights of homeless people, and leader of the Community for Creative Non-Violence in D.C. Leah Richardson—public services, research, and instruction librarian for GW Gelman Library—will highlight lesser known stories about his life and work.

Book Talk: "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush"

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

In her book, GW Associate Professor of Theater Jodi Kanter analyzes presidential libraries as performances that encourage visitors to think in particular ways about executive leadership and about their own roles in public life.

Lecture: Pompeii on the Potomac - Brumidi's Senate Frescoes

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Elise Friedland, GW associate professor of classics and art history, will highlight the connections between early America and ancient Rome by examining the frescoes Constantino Brumidi painted in Senate offices.

Book Talk: "The Politics of Staying Put: Condo Conversion and Tenant Right to Buy in Washington, D.C."

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

In her book, American University professor Carolyn A. Gallaher focuses on a formal, city-sponsored initiative—the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act—that helps people keep their homes.

Lecture: Hollywood Representations of the National Capital from Jefferson Smith to Selena Meyer

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Hollywood depictions of D.C. have introduced a full spectrum of emotional perspectives. GW associate professor Michael Cornfield explores how we as citizens perform reality checks while enjoying these escapes into the imagination.