Newsletter for July 3 to July 9, 2020 Newsletter for July 3 to July 9, 2020


Fourth of July with the National Archives

Join the National Archives for its first virtual celebration of July 4th! All activities are free and available online to the public, but registration is required. The event begins at 11:00 am with an opening and welcome from the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero. Events continue through 5:00 pm with a variety of educational and family-friendly interactive programs with historical figures and educators, and a reading ceremony emceed by journalist Soledad O’Brien.

Shaking off the effects of COVID-19 hibernation? Great! There are so many temptations now that our community is re-opening. Below are some cultural sites that have gone through the recommended protocols and are ready to welcome you. Please be sure to check their websites so that you’re prepared for any new rules of operation. For more than 100 days, we publicized the digital activities of cultural organizations as they presented seasoned productions online, sensational solo acts, ensembles assembled for Zoom, hi res images of great visual art, and webinars describing their art forms. Look here and on our website during the coming weeks as “Things to Do Industries” use their innate creativity to provide programming for you. Happy 4th of July! Stay safe. Be healthy. Find enjoyment.



Friday, July 3
Exhibit -- Inventors of the Alphabet
Museum of the Bible

Exhibit -- Up Close: Shakespeare's First Folio
Folger Shakespeare Library 

Tour -- Historic Theatre and the Peterson House
Ford's Theatre

Saturday, July 4
Exhibit -- A Piece of Her Mind
DAR Museum 

Concert -- The Juniper Tree 
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Exhibit -- Regional Juried Art Exhibit
Hill Center

Sunday, July 5
Exhibit -- Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community

Captal Jewish Musem

Event -- Coffee Break: Community, Conservation, Culture
Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Tour -- Sunday Stroll in the Cemetery
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Monday, July 6
Tour -- Abe's Youth: Shaping the Future President
Ford's Theatre

Event -- Virtual Happy Hour: Frida Kahlo Birthday
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit -- Caravans of Gold Fragments in Time 
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Tuesday, July 7
Concert -- Coreyah: Clap & Applaud
Korean Culture Center

Exhibit -- Trieste 60th Anniversary
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Exhibit -- Time and Navigation
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Wednesday, July 8
Exhibit -- American Art on Postage Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Tour -- Monastery and Gardens
Fransican Monastery

Concert -- John Legend with Lindsey Stirling: All of Me
The Kennedy Center

Thursday, July 9

Event -- Cooking Demonstration
U.S. Botanic Garden

Tour -- Monuments and Memorials Travel Photography
Washington Photo Safari

Exhibit -- Congress and World Wars
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Newsletter for July 3 to July 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

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia has occupied an historic DC mansion since 1951, when Indonesia purchased the building at 2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW to serve its first U.S. ambassador. Since then, the embassy has hosted foreign dignitaries, engaging programs and thousands of visitors during 12 consecutive Around the World Embassy Tours (AWET). The ambassador and his staff also work to strengthen Indonesia’s relationship with the U.S. government, enable investment by U.S. companies in Indonesia, and promote travel and tourism to the country. In early June, the embassy resumed its Consular Services with updated hours and strict protocols.

Medical Care After the Battle of Monocacy

On Monday, July 6 at 8:00 pm, join a virtual program hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. This free event is a conversation with historian Ryan Quint regarding the Battle of Monocacy in July 1864 when a Confederate Army entered Frederick, Maryland. Tune in to the Museum’s Facebook page to learn about healthcare on the front lines and in hospitals during the American Civil War.

Life in a Park

Have you ever wanted to visit the parks of Germany? Join the Goethe Institut on a multimedia journey through parks in Munich to see the Englischer Garten and to Berlin to experience the Tempelhofer Flughafen, and the historic park at Neues Schloss Herrenchiemsee. The journey takes you to parks in the United States including a visit to Boston Common and the Dolores Park in San Francisco. Also see the video about Rock Creek Park, located here in Washington, DC.

Not So Concrete

This online exhibit explores how the urban environment and architecture impact design. Curated by Elizabeth Ashe and Mary Pat Norton, the exhibit features the art of nine regional artists who explore the relations between nature, architecture, and people. There also will be a series of online artist talks on Tuesday afternoons from noon to 1:00 pm. These events are funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. See this online exhibit on display now through August 14.

Blood of a Generation: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and History Painting

On Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 pm, attend an online lecture on Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Art curator Dr. Kit Brooks will review why Yoshitoshi is recognized as the last master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting. Learn about Yoshitoshi's piece, Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight. In this time, Japan was adopting mass reproduction methods like photography and lithography. Nonetheless, Yoshitoshi pushed the woodblock print to a new level. This event is open to the public. Register here to attend.

John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal

See the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's online exhibit of artist John Singer Sargent's portraits. In 1907, Sargent stopped painting portraits in oil and began creating portraits in charcoal. This medium allowed him to complete portraits in under three hours - and to charge for less than his oil portraits and murals. Sargent's charcoal drawings offer insight and show a type of spontaneity. See this exhibit on display now through July 26.

July 14
Tomes and Tombs
Book Club

Historic Congressional Cemetey


July 14
Bastille Day
Alliance Française


July 16
Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa
International Spy Museum


July 18
Virtual Rug Morning
The Textile Museum


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