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: 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.

Lecture: Beginnings of the Humane Movement in Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

Researcher Hayden M. Wetzel will describe the establishment and work of the early humane organizations, the forces that shaped them, and the early issues they pursued.

Book Talk: Tudor Place: America's Story Lives Here

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

Join Leslie Buhler, former executive director of Tudor Place, as shares stories of the historic William Thornton-designed house, its gardens, and the six generations who lived and worked there.

Lecture: U.S. Presidents and Rock Creek Park

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:00pm

Local journalist and author David Swerdloff shares delightful anecdotes and historic images chronicling the outdoor exploits of U.S. presidents along Rock Creek.

Lecture: Barry Farm, A Place of Hope and Achievement

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:00pm

During the Civil War, more than 40,000 African-Americans fled slavery and came to Washington, where they crowded into derelict housing. Alcione M. Amos, curator at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum, tells the story of Barry Farm, a settlement the U.S. Freedmen’s Bureau created in response.

Student Research Presentations: Washington, D.C.: History, Culture, and Politics

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 12:00pm

GW students share their semester’s work researching the history of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood using archival materials from local repositories, including the museum's Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection.