Performance on Watergate Steps

Wow, what a cool old photo from the 1950s.

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Crowd on Watergate steps watching performance on barge at edge of Potomac River (ca. 1956). Burdell Wright, Jr. Photograph Collection
Crowd on Watergate steps watching performance on barge at edge of Potomac River (ca. 1956). Burdell Wright, Jr. Photograph Collection

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  • Susie

    I wish they would bring this back as part of the upcoming Kennedy Center renovation. I remember my Dad would rent a canoe from Jack’s and we would paddle over and listen to the symphony…

  • Likely speaking to the choir here, but these are the steps behind the Lincoln Memorial, which as I recall had always been intended for celebrations exactly like this. Are these also known as the Watergate Steps or is that in error? I’d never made a connection between them and the Watergate proper, quite a distance north.

  • Eric

    The banner above the stage appears to read “1800 National Capitol Sesquicentennial 1950”