By the late 19th century, the United States was shedding its isolationist trappings and it needed a style to match. The McMillan Plan gave the city its monumental core, made it into an internationally recognized symbol of power, and started the engines of thousands of tour buses.

Built between 1908 and 1930, the US Dept. of Agriculture building reflects the beaux-arts style favored by the McMillan Plan

Join us on June 2nd at the Busboys and Poets 5th and K location as we discuss how the monumental structures the McMillan plan produced on the National Mall became national and international symbols and tourist attractions. Our panelists will think about how DC’s tourism industry has evolved over the last 114 years since the McMillan Plan was written, and will try to get a sense of what brings people to the city today.


When: Thursday, June 2, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Busboys 5th and K (1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)

On the first Thursday of each month in 2016, at the various Busboys and Poets locations throughout the city, we will look at the history of the city in 20 year increments. Specially chosen moderators and panelists will help link the obscure, monumental, marginalized, and mainstream stories about the city’s past with issues that are are relevant to present-day Washingtonians.

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