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

Hayden M. Wetzel, independent researcher

The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was chartered by Congress in 1870; the Washington Animal Rescue League was founded in 1914. This talk will describe the establishment and work of these and other early humane organizations, the forces that shaped them, and the early issues they pursued. Hayden M. Wetzel is a longtime member of the D.C. Preservation League and recently completed a study of animal control in the District between 1791 and 1940. 

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.