17 May 2007

NE DC Historical Society Meeting - Sunday, May 20th

What: Join the NE DC Historical Society as they continue to explore the history of our Northeast Washington communities - past, present, and in years to come. This month the community focus will be the greater H Street neighborhood.

When: Sunday, May 20th, 2007, 2-4pm

Where: Laboratory 1 of The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE

Presentations will include:
· "An Overview of the History of the Greater H Street Neighborhood", by neighborhood preservationists Richard Layman or Nancy Schwartz.

· "The Swampoodle Neighborhood" by Kathleen Lane. The Swampoodle neighborhood was located in what is today the Union Station railyard. Some of Ms. Lane's ancestors lived in Swampoodle and then relocated onto H Street after the neighborhood was razed. She wrote her master's thesis on the neighborhood.

· "The History of Union Station" by Bill Wright. Mr. Wright is writing his dissertation on the history of this great railroad station, which opened in 1907 and has experienced decline and rebirth in the 100 years since.

Etc.: For those unable to attend this meeting, don't miss next month's meeting to be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, June 10th, 2007. Our hosts for this meeting will be the Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC) speaking on "A Slice of Woodridge - The Present and Future of the Rhode Island Avenue Business Corridor" by Stephanie Rones, Executive Director. Our meeting will take place at the Saint Francis De Sales School, 2019 Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Other presentations will include Father Carl Dianda of the Saint Francis De Sales Church speaking on his "Reminiscences on the Businesses of Woodridge," and Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. on "The History of DC Voting and African American History in Ward 5."

Our meetings take place the second Sunday of every month. During the month of May we will meet the third Sunday. Contact queenstowndc@yahoo.com for further information.

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