Capitol Kids! Secret Washington DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, & Obscure

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Join the U.S. Capitol Historical Society for the next installment of our online Capitol Kids series, which brings children’s and young adult authors to classrooms nationwide.

Around the world, Washington, DC, is known for its powerful government, majestic monuments, and world-renowned museums. Author JoAnn Hill’s “Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure” reminds us that the fabric of the city isn’t solely embedded in its political parties, lawmaking policies, and rampant tourism. Rather, it’s woven through its rich and complex history, mysterious relics, underground societies, forgotten and abandoned buildings, and controversial scandals.

From the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield and Francis Scott Key’s son, to crimes of passion and rage at the U.S. Capitol, Secret Washington, DC uncovers many of the dark and untold truths of how our nation emerged. At the same time, it shines a bright light on the capital’s numerous signs of creativity and innovation through the exploration of quirky art installations like Foamhenge and Barbie Pond on Avenue Q, to oddly shaped and decorated homes like the Mushroom House and the Vanadu Art House.

Like all USCHS programs, this webinar is free and open to the public.