Anacostia Community Museum @50
I'm going to the Anacostia Community Museum tomorrow to do research in the archives. I'm looking forward to working with Jennifer Morris, the museum's archivist, to view some of their amazing collections.
My first goal is to view what was included in the "Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963--1975." The exhibit ran from December 14, 2015 – October 23, 2016. I'm embarrassed to admit that I did not see the exhibit before it closed. I heard it was fabulous.
In dc1968, I'm replicating, in many ways, the curators' approaches: focusing on the whole city; exploring the city's art, dance, theater, politics, activism and more; and not having a hyper focus on "the riots." I'm excited about expanding what I know about the city in 1968.
I will also be looking for daily happenings that took place In Anacostia. I will look at the Charles E. Qualls papers. Qualls was owner of the Anacostia Pharmacy and helped establish the Southeast unit of the DC Chapter of the National Cancer Society in 1968.
The Anacostia Community Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! It opened on 15 September 1967 in the former Carver Theater building, 2405 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, formerly Nichols Ave.
What are your memories of the Anacostia Museum in 1968?
What are your memories of the Anacostia neighborhood in 1968?