Newsletter for January 3 to January 9, 2020 Newsletter for January 3 to January 9, 2020


Pony Express: Romance Versus Reality

The Pony Express is part of the lore and lure of the Old West. The exhibit at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum focuses on the legendary private express service and the real story of quickly moving letters from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in 1860. Writers found the subject alluring and for more than 150 years made it a key component of the expansive story of the West. The museum offers permanent exhibits about the history of mail service and an enormous exhibition of postage stamps, including commemoratives that provide a visual history of the entire country  in miniature  on adhesive-backed paper. The Pony Express exhibit continues through January 26.


Be on the lookout for these annual Cultural Tourism DC events that will take place in 2020. Passport DC always takes place during the month of May and many embassies welcome visitors at their open houses. Around the World Embassy Tour is planned for Saturday, May 2 and European Union Open House is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 4 pm. We will promote international programming throughout the month and we are seeking information about those offerings now. Another favorite, WalkingTown DC, hits the city's sidewalks, parks and cemeteries from Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, September 20. Also, watch for the installation of a new DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail in Eckington later this year and the existing 17 trails are always—24/7—available for your enjoyment.

University of the District of Columbia

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) traces its history to the establishment of the Miner Normal School in 1851. Today, it offers 81 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its six colleges and schools. In addition to serving DC and area students, it attracts nearly 400 students each year from more than 80 countries. UDC offers a variety of programs for the community's education and entertainment. For the study, preservation, and continued development of jazz, one of America's great, original cultural treasures, UDC established the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives in 1988. Although non-circulating, the Archives are maintained by the Jazz Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences and Learning Resources Division with components available digitally.

Friday, January 3

Exhibit - Songs of Christmas Past
DAR Museum

Exhibit - Small Treasures Show
Zenith Gallery at 1429 Iris Street, NW

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Saturday, January 4

Exhibit - Georgetown Glow
Korean Cultural Center

Concert - Twelfth Night: Alleluia, Song of Gladness, Voice of Joy
Armonia Nova

Event - Class on Adobe Photoshop I
Washington Photo Safari

Sunday, January 5

Event - Southern Comfort Brunch: Fried Chicken + Hoppin John
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Exhibit - Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age
National Museum of Women in the Arts 

Concert - Bluegrass Jam
Mansion on O Street

Monday, January 6

Exhibit - Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece

Exhibit - Oman: A Vision of Modernity
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Exhibit - None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers
Smithsonian Postal Museum

Tour - Votes for Women
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tuesday, January 7

Tour - Museum and Gardens
Tudor Place

Exhibit - In Mid-Sentence
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Patrick Dougherty's O Say Can You See
U.S. Botanic Garden

Event - The Scientist is In: Human Origins
Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Wednesday, January 8

Event - Artists in Conversation: Janaina Tschäpe
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Butterfly Pavilion
Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Exhibit - Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thursday, January 9

Exhibit - Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Cub Corner
College Park Aviation Museum

Exhibit - Smart Policies for a Changing Climate
American Society of Landscape Architects 

Newsletter for January 3 to January 9, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Enjoy free admission at the National Museum of Women in the Arts during its monthly Community Day on Sunday, January 5. Join an unconventional, edgy, and fast-paced tour of the newly installed, Fierce Women 2.0, in the galleries starting at 1 o'clock—you're encouraged to arrive a half hour early since space is limited. If you miss the tour, the museum is filled with artwork by and about women who thrive as professionals and influencers. They prove that fierce gets the job done as they blazed trails as artists, activists, and innovators.

Artist Talk at IA&A Hillyer

Meet January's exhibiting artists, Tessa Click and Noel Kassewitz, at IA&A at Hillyer on Tuesday evening, January 7 from 6:30 to 8 pm during an artist talk. The artists work on mediums including mixed-media and structures. They will discuss their inspirations and creative processes followed by audience Q & A. Tessa Click is a resident of Washington and her work uses props and settings as a way of interpreting the world. Noel Kassewitz is also a DC-based artist whose paintings and sculptures explore gender and environmental concerns.


Get tickets for a suspenseful story at Theater J that will bring you to the edge of your seat. The year is 1939 and an ordinary American couple makes a decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children. Playwright Alix Sobler's compelling new play, Sheltered, will let Washington audiences witness the stresses and strains of wanting to do the right thing in the face of what is now known as the Holocaust. First though, the couple needs to convince their estranged friends to help. The production runs from January 9 through February 2.

Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

On weekend afternoons, journey back in time with a DC by Foot guide to learn about the 1865 murderous attack on Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. The tour guide narrates the plot to assassinate the President. Come along on this family-friendly tour to meet the characters and see the buildings where this historic drama played out. Meet your guide with the DC by Foot logo at the Andrew Jackson Statue in Lafayette Square. This unique Washington experience ends outside Ford's Theater.

January 10
Soirée Galette des Rois
Alliance Francaise


January 11 
Story-Telling Photography Workshop at Madame Tussaud's Museum
Washington Photo Safari


January 12
Chamber Music, Die Winterreise
The Barns at Wolf Trap

January 13
Turkish Coffee Happy Hour
Yunus Emre Institute

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