Washington, D.C. Walking Tours

During the 2019 National Conference, we are pleased to offer unique walking tours that will enhance your Washington, D.C. experience. The tours have limited space, so make your reservations soon. Instructions and contact info for each tour can be found below. 



DATES: Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 AM

and Friday, April 19 at 2:00 PM

TOUR LENGTH: 30-45 minutes

Tours are limited to 20 people each.


The tour consists of the Decatur House and the adjoining historic Slave Quarters. Designed in 1818 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and built for Commodore Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan, Decatur House was the first private residence on Lafayette Square, the park directly north of the White House. The Decaturs only lived there for about 14 months, as Stephen was mortally wounded in a duel with a fellow naval officer. A series of occupants followed, including several foreign ministers and three Secretaries of State. There were also enslaved persons working at the house, particularly during the ownership of John Gadsby. The tour highlights different individuals who lived at Decatur House and features unique objects from its collections.

The tour will begin on the corner of H Street NW and Connecticut Avenue NW. Dr. Costello will meet people outside. If you take the Metro, the closest stop is Farragut West. Decatur House is two blocks from the 17th Street Entrance.

For additional information and to make a reservation, contact Gloria at penriqu@bgsu.edu or call the PCA office at

(419) 372-6859.



DATE: Friday, April 19, 2019

TOUR TIMES: 10 AM and 11 AM 

TOUR LENGTH: 45-60 minutes

Tours are limited to 25 people each.

Frederick Augustyn, librarian at the Library of Congress and PCA area chair of Aging and Senior Culture, is conducting two free tours at the Library of Congress. The tours will focus on the interior art and architecture of the Jefferson Memorial Building (opened in 1897). During the tour, general questions about the Library–its collections and offerings–will also be answered.

It is important that attendees arrive on time for their selected tour, so please plan travel accordingly. From the Marriott Hotel, take the Washington Metro System from the Red Line Woodley Park stop, transferring at Metro Center to the Blue or Orange Line, proceeding to the Capitol South stop. You may also take a car (cab, Uber, etc) to the Jefferson Memorial Building.

To reserve your spot, please contact Fred Augustyn at augustynfrederick5@gmail.com



DATE: Friday, April 19, 2019

TIME: 2:00pm

Tour is limited to 15 people.

Please arrive at 1pm in order to go through security. It is important that attendees arrive on time for their selected tour, so please plan travel accordingly.

To reserve your spot, please contact Matthew Killmeier at mkillmei@aum.edu or at (207) 317-7693



DATE: Saturday, April 20, 2018

TIME: 4:00pm-6:30pm

Tour is limited to 25 people.

Punk rock community activist and author, Mark Andersen, will be leading a walking tour of Washington, DC’s punk scene of the 1980s and 90s. The tour will include key sites in the Columbia Heights, Adams-Morgan, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods, with discussion of famous bands such as Bad Brain, Minor Threat, Fugazi, and Bikini Kill. Mark’s commentary will explore the past of DC punk while relating it to the present, including discussions of broader cultural phenomena like straight edge, Positive Force, and Riot Grrl.

For information, meeting location, and reservations, contact Kevin Egan, Punk Culture Area Chair at kde25@drexel.edu