D.C. Mondays: The Navy Yard

Artistic rendering of sailboats on the water at a work yard with smoke stacks in the distance
Edward Sachse (1804-1873), "U.S. Navy Yard, Washington" (detail), published by Charles Magnus & Co., 1860. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection AS 32.


The Washington Navy Yard, the Navy’s oldest shore establishment, has supported U.S. naval operations since 1799. From 1799 to 1961, the Yard relied heavily on D.C. neighborhoods such as Barney Circle, the Capitol Hill District, Anacostia and Fairlawn to supply its workforce and complete the important work of repairing vessels and producing naval weapons. The Yard was one of the largest employers in Washington D.C., employing thousands of people from a diverse array of backgrounds, including European immigrants, women and Black Americans. The Yard owes much of its 200-plus years of success to the contributions everyday D.C. residents from local neighborhoods.

About Michael Galloway

Michael Galloway serves as an education specialist at the National Museum of the United States Navy. During his five years with the museum, he has given more than 30 walking tours of the Washington Navy Yard and led numerous other programs. Prior to joining the museum, he organized programs while working as an intern for Antietam National Battlefield and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. He has also presented original research at the Society for Military History and the Society of Civil War Historians annual conferences. He has a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in historic preservation from Shepherd University.

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

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