Lecture: The Grocery Shopping Evolution in the D.C. Region, 1880–Present

Diana Kohn, president, Historic Takoma

Explore how shopping for food has changed over time, with a regional focus on Washington, D.C. and Takoma Park, Maryland. In the 1930s, stores like Piggly Wiggly, Sanitary Grocery, and District Grocery allowed customers to select their own food from store shelves, a novel idea at a time when shoppers had to wait for a clerk to gather their orders. This concept continues to evolve even today, with self-check out machines at Giant and the ability to stock your shopping cart remotely using online shopping services.

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required.