The humanities, heritage, and preservation are key components of culture everywhere. This weekend, the people of Washington, DC, are coming together across the city to celebrate the stories that make our communities such vibrant places to live. Check out the information below to learn more about what’s happening in your neighborhood!

Crossing the Street Festival
Sunday, November 6th
4th & I St SW
The Young Playwrights’ Theater is throwing a free community festival in southwest DC called “Crossing the Street.” The festival explores the unique heritage of southwest DC through performance, poetry, and art. Crossing the Street will examine the past with talks by local historians and photo exhibits; celebrate the present with professional performances of student-written monologues, poems, music and dance; and collect ideas for the future with a magnetic poetry wall and soapbox that attendees can use to speak and be heard.
The Young Playwrights’ Theatre is a recent grantee of Humanities DC, and we can’t wait to see what they do next! Learn more about their event here.

Haiti and the Civil War
Saturday, November 5th
Rock Creek Nature Center
5200 Glover Rd NW
From 1791 to the Civil War seventy years later, Haiti was a threat to New World slavery. The actions of those who achieved freedom for Haitians and those who supported abolition of slavery were in constant contact and action. Come listen to experienced documentary producer Marvin T. Jones tell the story of how the American South came to fear Haiti, and how Haiti and its foreign supporters helped overcome enslavement in America. This event is hosted by the Rock Creek Nature Center’s Civil War Roundtable, in partnership with former Humanities DC grantee, Chowan Discovery Group.
Learn more about their event here.

D.C. Murals Guided Bus Tour
Sunday, November 6th
Carnegie Library
801 K St NW
Led by Perry Frank, Founding Director of DC Murals, this tour will explore both classic and new outdoor murals in the district. DC’s current murals began as socially conscious art in the 1960s, and now may be abstract and decorative, quasi-advertisement, computer generated, or graffiti-inspired. Riders will be able to examine the murals for a closer look at the political, commemorative, angry, and celebratory expressions of city concerns.
To learn more about this event, created in conjunction with the Historical Society of Washington, DC’s 43rd Annual Conference, visit here.

43rd Annual Conference on DC History
November 3-6
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is hosting it’s 43rd Annual Conference this Thursday through Sunday. The conference will include guest speakers, moving screenings, community tours, and seventeen concurrent sessions on everyday life in DC, archaeology, African American fraternal life, immigrant communities, journalism, civil rights, gentrification, architecture, and literature.
Learn more about their event and purchase tickets here.