Last week, we started posting about Things to Do in Washington, D.C., so that you may begin planning for your #SHA2016 trip! This week’s blog post provides another list of various, exhibits and research centers. Whether you wish to play tourist or conduct research, we suggest you check out our list, below!
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
If you are interested in learning more about the urban development of Washington D.C., a visit to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is a must. The Carnegie Library, located in Mt. Vernon Square, offers a variety of exhibits exploring the history of the city and the history of the city’s inhabitants. The “Window to Washington” exhibit depicts the city’s transformation from rural landscape into a modern metropolis. Additionally, the library and collections offer ample resources for researchers to study the “city’s physical landscape as well as the families, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, religious institutions and other communities that comprise Washington, D.C.”
Free of Charge
Check it out: http://www.dchistory.org/
Just a block northeast of the U.S. Capitol is a museum dedicated to history of the fight for women’s rights. The Sewall-Belmont House museum is owned by the National Woman’s Party, and displays their extensive collection of objects that document the story of the women’s suffrage movement. The collection features thousands of books, scrapbooks, political cartoons, textiles, photographs, organizational records and other artifacts “produced by women, about women.” This offers another wonderful resource for historical archaeologists.
$8 for a Guided Tour
Check it out: http://www.sewallbelmont.org/
The Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) Located on the National Mall, the beautiful mid-nineteenth century Gothic-Revival Smithsonian Institution Building now houses the Smithsonian’s administrative headquarters, but the ‘Castle’ also contains several exhibits celebrating the institution itself, funded by James Smithson. These exhibits look at the history of the Institution, and visitors can see selected objects from all of the Institution’s museums.
Free of Charge
The fateful night of April 14th, 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Fords Theatre, is commemorated at Ford’s Theatre Museum. Visitors may take a self-guided tour around exhibits that explore Lincoln’s presidency, up until the night of his death. The collection features textiles, documents, and artifacts of Lincoln’s, and, at the Center for Education and Leadership, an exhibit examines the aftermath and impact of Lincoln’s assassination, on the United States.
$2.50 for a self-guided tour
Check it out: http://m.fords.org/planning-to-visit
Clara Barton Missing Soldier’s Office Museum
Only recently rediscovered, the Clara Barton Missing Soldier’s Office Museum is the former residence and office of Clara Barton during and following the Civil War. Located on 7th Street in NW, the CBMSOM offers a stark and realistic history of the aftermath of the Civil War, through the efforts of Barton to find and identify missing soldiers.
Check it out: http://www.civilwarmed.org/clara-barton-museum/
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Owned and operated by the National Park Service, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is the last home of Frederick Douglass. Douglass lived in Cedar Hill, SE from 1878 to 1895, when he passed away. The house museum does well to present and interpret Douglass’ impressive and impassioned political career, in our nation’s capital. The house museum offers an extensive and intriguing collection detailing Douglass’ vision, mission, and lifestyle during the latter 19th century.
Check it out: http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
Last but most certainly not least!
Before coming to #SHA2016, be sure to take the virtual archaeology tour of Washington, D.C.!