​​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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

September 21, 2019

The Struggle to Have Kingman Park Declared a Historic District

Presenter: DC Chapter member 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

with Special Guest Mélisande Short-Colomb

A descendant of those enslaved at Georgetown University

​​November 16, 2019
Woodland Manor of Sandy Spring, MD:  An Intersection of Quakers,
Enslaved and Freedom Seekers

Speaker: Mark Thorne

​Mark Thorne is the Program Manager for the Woodlawn Museum at Woodlawn Cultural Park, and responsible for the development and delivery of public interpretive programming focusing on the historic site.   His presentation will feature a historic look at Woodlawn Manor plantation in Sandy Spring, MD. The story traces the ownership of the property from Dr. William Palmer, the Quaker doctor that oversaw the plantation to its greatest expanse to the property becoming a public park that features the Woodlawn Museum. The museum highlights the area’s agriculture landscape, the Underground Railroad and the Quaker experience in Montgomery County, revealed through the lives of the Woodlawn’s residents -the Palmer Family and enslaved laborer.


​December 2019

Christmas Party

Date, Time, Location-TBA

Dates, agenda items and locations are subject to change.

James Dent Walker, District of Columbia Chapter

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