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 [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. Monday at the Museum program. The museum accepts proposals year-round for our fall and spring semester calendars. 

Upcoming Programs

Book Talk: "Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around D.C."

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:00pm

Anthropologist and author Jenny Masur tells the stories of unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad from her new book.

Lecture: Rosetta Tharpe: Black Queer Icon

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Gayle Wald, author and chair of GW's Department of American Studies, discusses black queer icon Rosetta Tharpe.

Book Talk: "Larry Felder Candidate"

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey for a talk about his new novel about a big-time newspaper and contemporary Washington-area politics.

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln in Words and Music

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Claire Jerry, lead curator of political history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, reveals the nuances of Lincoln’s speeches and his use of language.

Lecture: D.C. Murals: Spectacle and Story

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

Discover the stories behind many of the public murals that decorate the streets of Washington, D.C.

Lecture: D.C.'s Fort Reno Community After the Civil War

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Learn the history of D.C's Fort Reno community after the Civil War.

Book Talk: "The Property of the Nation: George Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President"

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

Author Matthew R. Costello examines how the memory of George Washington was a deliberately constructed image through the story of his tomb.

Lecture: African Americans Serving in Contraband Hospitals

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Learn the story of one hospital in Washington, D.C., that treated black soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War.

Panel Discussion: Masculinity in the Civil War

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join two acclaimed scholars and authors to explore which aspects of masculinity were celebrated and shamed during the mid-nineteenth century.

Lecture: History of the U.S. Marine Corps Band

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join U.S. Marine Corps musician and librarian Charles Paul for a unique history of the President’s Own, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.

Book Talk: "St. Elizabeth’s in Washington, D.C.: Architecture of an Asylum"

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

National Building Museum Curator Sarah Leavitt traces the architectural evolution of St. Elizabeth's, a mental health hospital since 1852, and the way its specialized architecture and landscape served the mentally ill.

Student Presentations: George Washington and His World

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

GW students will share their findings after a semester of in-depth research about George Washington at Mount Vernon.