About the Conference

Thank you to all those who presented, attended, and otherwise participated in the conference.

 41st Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies

Session Schedule click here: 2014 Conference Program

Washington, D.C., November 20-23, 2014
Historical Consciousness in a Changing City

Hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.,
Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square


Historians (and Those Historically-Minded) to Explore Process of Change in the District

Transforming Washington, Theme of 41st Annual DC Historical Studies Conference, November 20-23, 2014.

The Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies is the city’s premier annual exhibition of new research, both academic and community-based, exploring the many facets of the rich history and traditions found in the national capital region.  The theme this year is “Making New Washingtons: Historical Consciousness in a Transforming City.”  Presentations, films, and tours will develop aspects of the community experience, accommodation of specialized needs populations, neighborhood transformations, and studies of political, social, and military topics. 

This 41st annual edition of the conference will take place from Thursday November 20 through Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square.  Full details on the conference schedule and registration can be found on the conference website: https://annualconferencedchistoricalstudies.wordpress.com/  The conference brought to you by a collaboration of various organizations and individuals; sponsors include the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the District of Columbia Public Library, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, H-DC https://networks.h-net.org/h-dc, and the George Washington University.

Richard Striner, long-time historic preservationist and co-author (most recently) of Washington and Baltimore Art Deco, will open the Conference by delivering the Letitia Woods Brown lecture on Thursday evening, November 20, followed by the opening reception. A special early start on Thursday are the noon-time tours of Anacostia and Southwest Washington.   

The presentations on Friday begin with the plenary review by economist Stephen Fuller of George Mason University, which will outline issues to be addressed in the conference theme of “Transformation of Washington.”  Late in the afternoon a roundtable of authors, including Jonetta Barras, Jonathan Agronsky, Steven Diner, and Harry Jaffe, will offer their perspectives on the Honorable Marion Barry and the impact of his career in Washington politics. DC-themed films and documentaries will be running throughout Friday and Saturday, concurrently with sessions.

Lunchtime on Friday will see the return of the History Network, an opportunity to mingle with representatives of a variety of historical organizations and projects.

Saturday the conference continues with more sessions, films, and walking tours. Tour destinations include LeDroit Park, Lafayette Square, and a special collections tour of the Sumner School and Archives.  Another roundtable session will address the history and interrelationships of Arlington House, Cemetery, and County in preparation for the Sunday tour. Researchers will also describe new methods for capturing and interpreting history.

On Sunday, the bus tour will leave from the Historical Society at 9:30 to begin in Arlington at Arlington House, then continue with the cemetery and a variety of historical locations in the county including Nauck, Ball-Sellers House, and Fort Ethan Allen. The tour concludes at the Historical Society at 4 p.m. Advance Registration is $25, with additional cost for lunches and the Arlington bus tour on Sunday.  For further information consult the website: https://annualconferencedchistoricalstudies.wordpress.com/ or email dchist@hotmail.com



The 41st Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Friends of Washingtoniana Division, George Washington University, H-DC https://networks.h-net.org/h-dc , the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library.

The mission of the Annual Conference on Washington D.C. Historical Studies is to bring together the community interested and engaged in documenting the many varied aspects of the history of the Washington D.C. area and its inhabitants – as a local hometown and as the nation’s capital — to share and to encourage further scholarship. All aspects of historical study are welcome—social, ethnographic, political, the arts and literature, science, and architecture.

The Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies began in 1974, sponsored by George Washington University and the Columbia Historical Society (now the Historical Society of Washington DC).




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