History at Sunset

History at Sunset at Logan Circle, Washington DC, September 2018.
History at Sunset: Logan Circle, Washington DC. September 2018.

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Summer 2019

Join Park Ranger Steve Phan on select Friday evenings at 6:00 and 6:30 PM for special programs focusing on the rarely told stories of Civil War Washington D.C. Programs run approximately ninety minutes and are free to the public.

2019 Lineup

August 2nd (6:30 pm)
Lincoln at War: President Lincoln's College
The program will take visitors from the ground of President Lincoln's Cottage to United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, detailing the evolution of Lincoln as commander-in-chief and the First Family's experience at their summer retreat.

Meet NPS Staff outside the cottage.
Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC 20011

August 30th (6:30 pm)
Freedom by the Orator: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
The program includes a walking tour of the historic home detailing Frederick Douglass's experience and contribution to the Union war effort during the Civil War, and post-war life in Washington D.C.

Visitors can check-in at the visitors center beginning at 6:00 p.m. The visitor center will close prior to the program. Visitors will meet National Park Service staff on the grass area adjacent to the cottage which is behind the Douglass Home. The program will begin on the grass at 6:30 p.m.

Address: 1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020

September 27th (6:00 pm)
A Third Star is Born: Ulysses S. Grant Comes to Washington
The program will guide visitors from the Grant Memorial to the General George Meade Memorial and end at the Peace Monument (Civil War Sailors Monument), detailing General Grant's arrival to Washington DC, his promotion to lieutenant general, and his key role in overseeing the Union war effort in 1864-65.

Meet NPS Staff at the Uylsses S. Grant Memorial west of the U.S. Capitol Building. The distance of the walk is 1 mile.

For additional information or questions concerning the programs, please visit the website calendar https://www.nps.gov/cwdw/planyourvisit/calendar.htm, the CWDW Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cwdwnps/ or you can send us an email


Last updated: October 1, 2019

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