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!
2018-2019 Calendar Year
(Scroll down to see our events from previous years. We've had some great programs!)
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.
AAHGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Philadelphia/Valley Forge, PA
Click here for registration information!!
October 20, 2018
Discussion of the 2018 Philadelphia/Valley Forge AAHGS Conference
Sister Organization event:
Washington Historical Studies Conference November 1-4, 2019
Mobility, Migration, and Movement
Host Location: University of the District of Columbia,
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
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.
Date, Time, Location-TBA
January 19, 2019
Using Slave Narratives to Locate Ancestors
Presenter: AAHGS Member Brenda Kinsler
February 2, 2019
Joint Collaboration of Local AAHGS chapters
(DC, Prince Georges, Montgomery County, Baltimore and Central Maryland)
and the Church of Latter Day Saints for all day conference in celebration of
Black History Month
March 16, 2019
A Thread Runs Through Herstory: A History of Family Roots, Migration to and Life in DC
Anita L. Lee
A Thread Runs Through Herstory is a narrative of family, history, and culture. This memoir/biography is about ordinary women who have no fame or wealth but who rely on their goals, their determination, and their faith to stand strong in the face of obstacles. The book not only relates the philosophies and spiritual outlook of the author, but also describes the experiences of three women in her African American family: her 98-year-old mother, a grandmother born in 1891, and a 108-year-old aunt. Read more here
Chapter Day trip to Montpelier, VA
Home of James Madison, 4th president of the U.S.
Go with us to learn about the Madisons, people who were enslaved there
and the descendants of the enslaved!
Register for the trip here at
May 18, 2019
"Within these Walls: The Contraband Hospital and
the African Americans Who Served There"
Presenter: Jill Newmark
Jill L. Newmark is Exhibition Specialist in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She has curated several exhibitions for NLM including Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons and Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. Ms. Newmark has authored several articles on African Americans in Civil War Medicine including “Face to Face with History” in the National Archives Prologue magazine, 41:3 (Fall 2009), 22-25 and “Physician and Preacher: Willis R. Revels and the American Civil War” in Indiana Historical Society’s Traces magazine 22:3 (Summer 2010), 32-35. She has been a featured speaker at the National Archives and continues her research on African American Civil War surgeons.
14th Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Genealogical Seminar
sponsored by the Prince George's County, MD AAHGS chapter
Date, Time and Location--TBA
September 21, 2019
The Struggle to Have Kingman Park Declared a Historic District
Presenter: Veronica Raglin
College Park, MD
October 19, 2019
Discussion of 2019 College Park, MD AAHGS Conference
November 16, 2019
Woodland Manor of Sandy Spring, MD: An Intersection of Quakers,
Enslaved and Freedom Seekers
Date, Time, Location-TBA
2017-2018 Calendar Year, archived, for your information
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
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
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:
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.
Dates, agenda items and locations are subject to change.