I am a self avowed history nerd. And I love Washington … I think that is abundantly clear.
Recently, at the Historical Society of Washington, Knight Kiplinger remarked that Washington, DC was the nation’s capital before it was a city. Since the 6th United States Congress arrived more than two hundred and eleven years ago DC has gone from wilderness to burgeoning metropolis.
How we got to where we are today is important; the good, the bad, and the ugly all matters. DC is unique in that local history is often, in fact, national history and vice versa. The study, analysis, and appreciation of this history is important and why the DC Historical Studies Conference is still going strong.
If you’re interested in the history of Washington, DC and the metropolitan area the 39th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies is looking for you to get involved in submitting an individual or panel presentation. The conference is a chance for professional and lay historians, students, neighborhood residents, and government workers to unite in the transfusion of parts both large and small of our area’s shared history.
Previous topics have included early city maps, neighborhoods, race relations, sports, music, religion, education, law, biography, and archaeology, just to name a few.
Important conference themes this year will touch on a diverse range of anniversaries: the sesquicentennial of DC’s compensated emancipation, 160 years of African-American education in DC, and the centennial of the Japanese flowering cherry trees.
Conference themes are always suggestive not exclusive and if you have DC history research ready to present–don’t hesitate, we do want to consider it for inclusion in the conference. The conference will be held October 18 thru the 21st at the Historical Society of Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. The call for papers is available here. They are due May 1st, so get on it. You don’t have much time.
- Read This Book: Lost Washington, D.C. (ghostsofdc.org)
- Read This Book: A Neighborhood Guide to Washington, D.C.’s Hidden History (ghostsofdc.org)