​​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. 

October 2018
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

Register here:​ 

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.​


Christmas Party

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

Detailed program--click here

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  

April 2019

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.

June 2019

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

October 2019

Annual AAHGS National Conference

Register now!!

College Park, MD

Call for Papers!

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


Christmas Party

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

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!

Dates, agenda items and locations are subject to change.

James Dent Walker, District of Columbia Chapter

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