GW History Walking Tour: 100 Years in Foggy Bottom, 200 Years in DC

Want to know more about GW's history? This tour, led by Professor Phillip Troutman, walks you through our two centuries, first as Columbian College and then as GW. You'll hear how DC organizers in 1820 poached the national Baptist college from Philadelphia; how proslavery students in 1847 rioted over a classmate's abolitionist actions; and how the college survived the Civil War as an army hospital. You'll learn why we changed our name in 1904 and all about "the campus that never was" on the National Mall. We'll literally walk through GW's 100 years in Foggy Bottom, with highlights including Lisner Auditorium's 1947 desegregation crisis, Thurston Hall as the "Holiday Inn of the Revolution" in the late 1960s, and the controversial naming of the Student Center in 1971. We start and end in front of Houdon's statue of George Washington in University Yard. Plan for one hour walking at a casual pace (about 1.5 miles) with plenty of stops. Rain or shine (severe storms postpone).

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Attendees will meet IN PERSON at Houdon's statue of George Washington in University Yard at 4pm to start the tour.

 

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