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Historical Society Invites You to an Online Conversation Regarding the Consequences of Urban Renewal

Thursday September 17, 2020

Our friends at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. invite you to join them on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30pm for the virtual conversation, “Federal Experiments and Their Consequences: Urban Renewal.” Journalist and activist Sam Smith and local reporter Derrick Ward will address these questions and more during the online discussion:

  • What are some of the federal experiments that reshaped our city?
  • When and how did Washingtonians band together to take control of their destiny?
  • Where were federal government programs when we most needed them?
  • How does the lack of voting representation in Congress touch the lives of Washingtonians?

Visit the related link to below for a complete description of the event and to RSVP. A suggested registration donation of $20 is requested (if able to pay) to support current and future program costs. Located immediately adjacent to Mount Vernon Triangle at The Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, The Historical Society of Washington DC and its DC History Center help to collect, interpret and share the history of our Nation’s Capital.

Today more than 700,000 people are without a voice when the country’s lawmakers decide to take consequential actions such as going to war or impeaching a president. The founders thought proximity to power would mean access to power for Washingtonians. Instead, the city’s position as home to the federal government and under its legal control has often made DC a laboratory for such federal experiments as urban renewal, in which citizens and local lawmakers have no say. Smith and Ward have written about – and lived through – many years of DC’s experiences as an experimental lab for Congress. They will look at the history of urban renewal across the District to consider implications of federal control for our current day.

To participate in this virtual event, please register here to receive your link to the Zoom event. A suggestedregistration donation of $20 is requested (if you are able to pay) to support current and future program costs. Located immediately adjacent to Mount Vernon Triangle at The Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, The Historical Society of Washington DC and its DC History Center helps to collect, interpret and share the history of our Nation’s Capital.

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