Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at the 

Juanita E. Thornton /Shepherd Park Library - 7420 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

All meetings are at 11:00 unless otherwise indicated!

Most meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday but

please check the listed date closely as there  might be changes!

September 16, 2017

Antebellum Free-People of Color
Anthony Smith, Federal Depository Library Program

will discuss his research on Free People of Color

October 28, 2017

(Note change of date..this is the 4th Saturday instead of the 3rd Saturday.)
Discussion of AAHGS National Conference

Link to National Conference Brochure

November 18, 2017

How the US government dismantled a community to establish a Naval Weapons Station

after World War 1 in Yorktown, Virginia?
Presented by DC Chapter member Rosa Lee

December 2, 2017
Yearly Chapter Holiday Celebration
This year our celebration will feature a bus trip to the Harriet Tubman Museum!
​Bus Trip to Harriet  Tubman Museum information
Family and Friends are invited...Please join us!!

January 20, 2018

The Movement and the “Magic of the Great Migration”

Presenter: Judy Collins

​February  4, 2018
Joint Black History Month Conference

The Prince Georges County, Montgomery County and Central Maryland Chapters of AAHGS collaborate with the Church of Latter Day Saints for this all-day program!

Note that AAHGS DC will not hold it's regular monthly meeting.

February 24, 2018

One of our sister organizations, ASALH, is hosting their annual

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Annual Black History Month Luncheon

See the website for more information!!

March  17, 2018

​"The Courtship and Marriage of Fred Smith and Harriet Bell, 1884-1886"
Presenters:  Carol Ubosi and Alesia McFadden-Williams 

Montgomery County, MD Educator  and AAHGS member Carol Ubosi

"inherited" letters that were exchanged by her ancestors who lived in Westchester County, NY in the 1880's.  Carol was able to collaborate with Alesia McFadden-Williams to write and  publish an article that appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of the "American Ancestors"

Magazine--the publication of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society.

 April 21, 2018

Coming to the Table

​ “The Legacy of Slavery in Rockville: Two Families, One Farmhouse, Six Generations.” Author Hannelore Quigley presents photos and artifacts that stirred curiosity in her as a child and led her to search for the descendants of the Black families in historical family photographs passed down through her family. Hannelore offers us a model for healing in the present by uncovering the past. 

May 19, 2018

Using the DC Library Research Database

This will be a genealogy database class with Kenneth Despertt from DC Public Library’s Special Collections. Kenneth will present the resources the library provides you access to, such as Heritage Quest and newspaper obituaries. He will also provide suggestions for other, free genealogy resources that could be of use in your search.   

Stay tuned for the exact location for this informative workshop!!

June 16, 2018
We will NOT have a June meeting. However, we will be celebrating "Juneteenth Genealogy Workshop" at the Walker Mills Regional Park. 8840 Walker Mill Road, District Heights, MD 20747. There are also activities at Watkins Regional Park and a shuttle will be provided between the two parks every 15 minutes. 
There will be:
Children's Activities
June 16, 2018

Prince Georges County, MD AAHGS

13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration & Seminar

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

Walker Mills Regional Park. 8840 Walker Mill Road, District Heights, MD 


​Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

There will not be July or August meetings.  However, we encourage you to visit local

historic and national historic sites...and continue to work on your family genealogy.

Check out these local summer activities!

September 15, 2018

Our September 15th speaker is Lopez Matthews. He is the Digital Production Librarian at Howard University. Lopez will share with us his collection of  letters written by 

soldiers during WWI. 

October 2018


Philadelphia/Valley Forge, PA

Click here for registration information!!

November 17, 2018

AAHGS-DC Member Linda Crichlow White 

will speak on the topic

"Getting Stuff out of our Attics and Basements...

...and into a Proper Repository"

While cleaning out relatives'  homes, ​Linda has found historically valuable documents some of  which were subsequently donated to

Northeastern University, Tennessee State University and Archives and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Linda will share what she has learned along the way.

Dates, agenda items and locations are subject to change.

James Dent Walker, District of Columbia Chapter

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)