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July 9, 2013
Michelle Cragle, Director of Marketing
Cultural Tourism DC Unveils Washington's 15th Neighborhood Heritage Trail
July 13, 2013 A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail
Whole Foods Market to donate 5% of net profits on June 26th to support newest trail
Washington, DC (July 9, 2013) – On July 13, 2013, Cultural Tourism DC, the Logan Circle Heritage Trail Working Group, and Logan Circle Community Association will officially unveil DC's newest walking trail, A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail. The launch and community celebration mark the completion of the 15th DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail. The event kicks off at 3 pm in Logan Circle Park on Saturday, July 13.
The DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails are the official walking trails of Washington, DC. The 1.5-mile self-guided tour of Logan Circle takes walkers on a two-hour stroll. Fifteen poster-sized signs describe intriguing landmarks such as the House of the Temple, Headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, designed by John Russell Pope who later designed both the National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial. Signs explain how "Automobile Row" grew up along 14th Street, a major transportation corridor that attracted residential development to the area. The trail's photo-driven signs show the rise, fall, and revival of the Logan Circle neighborhood, including how the circle itself shed its first name, Iowa Circle, in favor of the current designation for Civil War General John A. Logan, a founder of Memorial Day.
Derrick Ward of NBC 4 will emcee the community celebration. Speakers will include Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, other city dignitaries, and distinguished guests. Neighborhood institutions along the trail will host free open houses. A free reception at the Studio Theatre from 5 to 7 pm ends the festive day.
Cultural Tourism DC initiated the District of Columbia Neighborhood Heritage Trails program to bring visitors to DC's historic neighborhoods and to promote community pride. Each of the 15 Heritage Trails is produced by Cultural Tourism DC staff with the active involvement of neighborhood residents and organizations that help identify landmarks of local and national importance.
"The Heritage Trails Program is the most visible sign of Cultural Tourism DC's contributions to our nation's capital. A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail is a wonderful addition to the city's network of Heritage Trails. Please join us as we commemorate and celebrate the history of Logan Circle and what it is today," said Executive Director Steven E. Shulman.
On June 26th Whole Foods Market P Street will support the Heritage Trail by donating five percent of its net store sales at 1140 P Street, NW, to the Logan Circle Community Association to defray Heritage Trail costs. Volunteers from Logan Circle Community Association, a nonprofit dedicated to steadily improving the environment and quality of life in the Logan Circle area, and Cultural Tourism DC will greet Whole Foods Market shoppers on June 26 with information on the Heritage Trail and association activities.
The District of Columbia Neighborhood Heritage Trails are funded by the District Department of Transportation, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and U.S. Department of Transportation. Additional funding for the Logan Circle Heritage Trail was provided by the DC Neighborhood Investment Fund.
The Logan Circle Heritage Trail launch is sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Ira and Company, and supported by Logan Circle Community Association, Events DC, and Destination DC.
DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails can be found around the city: Roads to Diversity: Adams Morgan Heritage Trail; Tour of Duty: Barracks Row Heritage Trail; Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail; Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail; A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail; Civil War to Civil Rights: Downtown Heritage Trail; Make No Little Plans: Federal Triangle Heritage Trail; Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail; Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail; Village in the City: Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail; Midcity at the Crossroads: Shaw Heritage Trail; River Farms to Urban Towers: Southwest Heritage Trail; Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail;City Within a City: Greater U Street Heritage Trail.
For more information about District of Columbia Neighborhood Heritage Trails, check www.CulturalTourismDC.org or call 202-661-7581. High-resolution images and trail maps are available on request at JLevey@CulturalTourismDC.org.
Cultural Tourism DC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with more than 250 culture, heritage, and community-based organizations located in the Nation's Capital. Founded in 1996, Cultural Tourism DC and its members affirm the importance of culture and heritage to local neighborhoods and the city's economic prosperity by developing, delivering, and celebrating authentic cultural experiences for area residents and visitors.
July 9, 2013