Shaolin Jazz at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

The first time I visited the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, which was probably back in ‘07, I knew the space was special. Tucked away in the community of Anacostia, miles from it’s other Smithsonian counterparts, it is one of the “quieter” museums. For those who have experienced the Smithsonian corridor located near the Washington Monument, you know the wait times to get into certain museums and exhibits can sometimes take hours, days, and weeks. But not the Anacostia Community Museum. Now, in no way shape or form is this a reflection of the quality of exhibits and programming that are being produced at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. The space continues to provide the intellectual value that founder John R. Kinard and company delivered years ago. Encouraging visitors to reflect on everything from DC’s environmental concerns to the history of the Gullah Geechee people. And in most cases when there is a special program like a film festival or exhibit opening night, the museum event space is standing room only. Yesterday was an example of that || Yesterday, while I was stuck in traffic, I decided to break up my drive and stretch my legs a bit by visiting the Anacostia Museum. I started out by viewing and making my mark on the @amandalburnham @cultural_dc installation “Block Watch”. Followed by catching a performance by @shaolinjazz then I finally took a self-guided tour of “A Right to the City”. And I’ll just say everything about Burnham’s Mobile Art Gallery, the museum’s exhibit design and the live music performance was amazing….here are a few clips from that experience ~”The Historian”

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Exhibit “Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins” – National Museum of American History

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“The Cutting Edge of Public History: New Directions in Interpretation” Conference got its start at the National Museum of American History.

Pictured is an exhibit, commemorating the Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins. In photograph 2, you may notice that the mirror which also doubles as a media player, captures the reflection of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Out of 120,000 square feet in the American History Museum, the lunch counter and accompanying mirror managed to find itself in a space that incorporates neighboring building National Museum of African American History and Culture in its narrative.

Do you think this was strategic exhibit planning or coincidence?

Via Washingtonian Magazine “Sorry You Can’t Go to This Amazing Secret Museum in Bethesda”

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Washingtonian Magazine recently ran a story titled, “Sorry You Can’t Go to This Amazing Secret Museum in Bethesda”

This photo, shot by photographer Jeff Elkins, is of historian and author Al-Tony Gilmore. He is standing in front of event posters that he found in an Ohio junk shop. Gilmore has curated an invitation only museum dedicated to African American history.

Over the past few decades he has collected and filled his Bethesda Maryland home with over 7000 one of a kind treasures including “vintage movie posters, and important correspondence from black politicians and public figures.”

Closing Soon: Smithsonian American History Museum “Artifact Walls: Ella Fitzgerald at 100”

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Closing Soon (Washington, DC) American History Museum “Artifact Walls: Ella Fitzgerald at 100” through April 2, 2018.

“Photographs, sheet music, album covers and costumes from the celebrated crooners career”

[source: Where – Guide to Washington DC]

Just Added to Cultural & Natural Resource Directory: Washington DC African American Heritage Trail

Washington DC’s African American Heritage Trail has been added to our “Cultural & Natural Resource Directory”

In 2004 The Hecht Company building located at 7th and F street was renovated and renamed Terrell Place. It was named after Mary Church Terrell who in 1950-1951 at the age 80+, joined/maybe even lead others in picketing Hecht’s…demanding that the store integrate their segregated lunch counter.

“Bowing to pressure, in January 1952, Hecht’s announced that the entire store was open to all.”

Proposed New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

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Street names, buildings and other infrastructure are a means of encouraging Public Memory. In 1950, The Frederick Douglass Bridge, a swing bridge that runs over the Anacostia River was built.

Pictured is the proposed new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. It will be the largest construction project in all of DC’s history, with an expected completion date of 2021.

Mayor Muriel Bowser described it as a “fitting memorial for a remarkable American icon.” This year marks Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday.

Event (Washington DC) Rock Creek Park – February

Event (Washington, DC) Rock Creek Park – Nature Center. Every Saturday & Sunday, 4 PM, throughout the month of February.

Under African Skies “Discover African star stories while exploring constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Listen to ‘Follow the Drinking Gourd’, a folk song about escaping slavery, and trace the song’s possible hidden meanings