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Local History Center Stage at DC History Conference

This weekend, get the backstory on the District.

Local history, art and culture will take center stage at the 48th Annual DC History Conference, Thursday March 31 through Saturday April 2.

The three-day DC History Conference opens Thursday, March 31 with the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture at the Charles Sumner Museum and Archives and moves to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on April 1 and 2.

The untold story of DC’s hip-hop scene, the ongoing displacement of Black Washingtonians, archiving DC’s art history, hand dancing in the nation’s capital, and a conversation on the people and architecture along 16th Street, NW are among the more than 25 sessions, keynotes, and poster presentations presented at the 48th annual DC History Conference.

Co-presented by the DC History Center and the DC Public Library,  the Conference will feature topics and displays on arts, culture, Black history, community history, cultural history, education, music, and more. There will also be several student-led and education-focused panels.

The Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecturer kicks things off Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m.

Georgetown University History Professor Dr. Marcia Chatelain will present “Other Franchise Fight: Fast Food and Black Freedom from U Street to Capitol Hill.”

Dr. Chatelain’s research on Black communities, McDonald’s, and how the District played a central role in the complicated relationship between Black consumers and drive-thru civil rights won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2021.

Conference Details

Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture
Charles Sumner Museum and Archives (1201 17th St. NW)

Since 1973, DC History Conference organizers have aimed to provide a welcoming, educational, and stimulating forum for original research and engagement with the history of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including Maryland, Virginia, and the federal government.

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For more information, visit dchistory.org/conference.

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