Tours of Washington, D.C.

Barbara Franco, December 2003

A number of museums and organizations are offering special tours or exhibits of special interest to AHA members during the conference.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden:"War and Peace" at Tudor Place

Special tours with a focus on Curtis-Peter family members who participated in the U.S. military from the American Revolution to World War II. Thursday, January 8 and Friday, January 9, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 1644 31st St. NW. Admission: $6. 202-965-0400.

West Point in the Making of America, 1802–1918

Marking the bicentennial of West Point, this exhibition tells the story of this renowned military academy from its founding through World War I and highlights the achievements of graduates in the U.S. Army and science, education, engineering, and other fields. Highlights include a saddle promoted by George B. McClellan and a re-creation of General Pershing's WWI war room. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Through January 11, 2004. Admission free. http://americanhistory.si.edu/westpoint.

The National Museum of American History invites attendees to a reception and tour of the exhibition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Military History, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 9.

Georgia in the Revolution

Temporary exhibition on Georgia's role in the American Revolution. Society of the Cincinnati Anderson House. Tuesday–Saturday, 1–4 p.m. 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission free. 202-785-2040.

Library of Congress Reading Room Open House for AHA Members

The open house will give AHA members the opportunity to visit select reading rooms and discuss the collections and services with library staff. A special version of the "Research Orientation to the Library of Congress" with a focus on history will be given on Friday, January 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the National Digital Library Learning Center in the Madison Building. Friday, January 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 202-707-4465. See page 64 for a complete list of special tours and events at the Library of Congress.

Charters of Freedom at the National Archives

The newly reopened exhibition is the culmination of two years of restoration work on the Rotunda and painstaking conservation of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Daily 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Admission free. http://www.archives.gov.

50th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibit on the Korean War and Its Impact on America

Marine Corps Historical Center, History and Museums Division, Marine Corps Museum, 1254 Charles Morris St. SE Building, 58 Washington Navy Yard. Monday –Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free. Visitors must call ahead to be put on a gate list for admission and show an ID upon arrival at the gate. 202-433-3401.

First Federal Congress Project Open House

Friday, January 9. Suite 255, 2120 L St. NW, Washington, D.C. Friday, January 9, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 202-676-6777. E-mail: ffcp@gwu.edu.

City Museum of Washington, D.C.

A new museum featuring a multimedia show, exhibitions, and research library on Washington, D.C. history including its special role as a place of local and national significance during war time. 801 K St. NW. Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $7. $1 off with AHA badge. http://www.citymuseumdc.org. 202-383-1800.

Greater U Street Heritage Trail

Self-guided tour of Washington's "Black Broadway" includes a stop at the African American Civil War Monument. Pick up the first of 14 trail signs outside U Street Metro Station (Green Line).

From Civil War to Civil Rights

Self-guided tour of Washington's historic downtown. Begin the tour at the following Red Line Metro Stations: Archives/ Navy Memorial (7th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW); Metro Center (13th and G Sts. NW); Judiciary Square (F St. between 4th and 5th NW)

Sewall-Belmont House

The Sewall-Belmont house is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to the history of the women's suffrage movement and equal rights campaign. The house was the headquarters of the National Women's Party and home to its leader, Alice Paul. One of the oldest houses in the District, it was set afire by the British in 1813. 144 Constitution Avenue NE. Thursday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–4 p.m. Suggested donation: $3. 202-546-1210. http://www.sewallbelmont.org.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The museum will offer AHA annual meeting attendees admission to its permanent exhibition. No timed passes or advance reservations or tickets will be required. Meeting badges should be shown to the Visitors' Services staff (identified by maroon jackets) collecting tickets at the entrance to the permanent exhibition. Attendees may visit the permanent exhibition any time during regular museum hours between Thursday, January 8 and Sunday, January 11, 2004. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Admission free. 202-488-0400. http://www.ushmm.org.

—Barbara Franco is president and CEO of the City Museum and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.