Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Learn a Little Local History

These tours will take you back a lot further than 2005 (when I snapped this photo).

You might want to check out these local tour from Cultural Tourism DC. Both tours are held September 24th (a great follow up to the H Street Festival, no?), with a second chance for the H Street tour October 1st (times remain the same).

1:30 - 3:30 pm
Where on Earth is Swampoodle? Hub, Heart, Home: H Street Heritage Trail Preview Tour
Meet inside Union Station in Main Hall at the Information Desk, 50 Massachusetts Ave., NE. End at Atlas Theater, 1333 H St., NE.
Metro start: Union Station
Metro end: Union Station
Fitness: Moderate, 12 blocks
Neighborhood Heritage Trail
Reservations required: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Subjects: Architecture, Ethnic Heritage, Neighborhood History
This tour will explore the historical highlights of Swampoodle, a "notorious" Irish shantytown in the late 19th and early 20th centuries surrounding present-day Union Station, and the history of the H Street NE Corridor while featuring sites along the forthcoming Cultural Tourism DC Neighborhood H Street Heritage Trail.
Presented by Cultural Tourism DC and led by Kathleen Lane.

1 – 2:30 pm
NoMa: From the Beatles to NPR
Meet at New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metro station, Florida Ave. exit, 2nd and N Sts., NE by Au Bon Pain. End at Union Station Metro, First St. and Massachusetts Ave., NE.
Metro Start: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U, Florida Ave. exit
Metro End: Union Station
Fitness: Low, 1.1 miles
Stroller accessible
Audio Enhancer
Subjects: Architecture, Development, Neighborhood History
NoMa (the area north of Massachusetts Avenue) is a long-neglected part of DC that is now in the midst of a great renaissance. See where the Beatles played their first U.S. concert, hear the area’s rich history, and learn how the New York Avenue Metro station sparked the sleek new development underway now in DC’s most connected neighborhood.
Presented by Cultural Tourism DC member organization NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) and led by NoMa BID Marketing & Events Manager Rachel Davis.

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