Events & Tours

1968: Shaping the District

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Connect with a variety of city-wide organizations to explore D.C. as it was in 1968: a predominantly African American city enduring a complex time of grassroots organizing, groundbreaking initiatives, creative expression, racism, protests, and activism. Indeed, it was within this context that plans were set in motion to rescue our historic 1876 synagogue. Hear historian Dr. Marya McQuirter and others talk about the people, places, and stories of the time. Listen to music evocative of the year, performed by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra. Engage in conversations and share your own stories. Gain a broader picture of 1968 beyond the riots after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

The Jewish Historical Society will offer a special walking tour with a focus on the impacts of 1968 events on the Jewish community and downtown landscape. More information to follow.

This collaborative event launches a year of programming and exhibitions throughout the city marking the 50th anniversary of this historic year. 

Free and open to the public. Registration not required for main day events, but space on walking tour limited. 

At National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C.