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Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.
Mar 24
Washington, D.C.

Scandal, Assassination, and Spies in Lafayette Square

Join former White House speechwriter Ed Moser as we wade into the swamp in front of Washington’s most famous residence.
The cubed grave of Charles Fowler and Kenneth Dresser.
Mar 31
Washington, D.C.

Wine, Spirits, and Stories at Historic Congressional Cemetery

Join us for a drink and evening walk through one of D.C.'s most notable final resting places.
Chilean and Smithsonian paleontologists study several fossil whale skeletons at Cerro Ballena, next to the Pan-American Highway in the Atacama Region of Chile, 2011.
Apr 5
Washington, D.C.

The Explorers' Salon

Join us as we dig and dive into history with our inaugural Explorers' Salon.
Stone projectile points from the Katcef site, near Polly Place. The varieties of projectiles points show repeated visits to Katcef from 13,000-1,000 years ago.
Apr 6
Gambrills, Maryland

Unearthing Lost Towns

Dig, sift, and time travel centuries into the past with the Lost Towns Project.
Historic photo of the Octagon House from the late 1880s.
Apr 20
Washington, D.C.

A Skeptic’s Guide to D.C.’s "Haunted" Octagon House

Step inside this 19th century home to learn the truth behind the spooky legends.
"The Ale-House Door," by Henry Singleton, c. 1790.
Apr 20
Alexandria, Virginia

On the Trail of D.C.'s First Brewmaster

Walk in the footsteps of the District's first brewer, Andrew Wales.

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