Historical Tours


 

Discover the pivotal contributions of the women who have shaped and led our nation from the heart of our capital.

This tour will delve into the often unexamined and unrecognized contributions of our First Ladies - from Dolley Madison and her vital role in preserving America’s early history to Eleanor Roosevelt's fight for civil rights to Jackie Kennedy and her preservation of the nation's capital. 

This tour will cover a one mile stretch of the National Mall and downtown D.C. and tell the story of women whose work are not recognized with physical monuments but is ingrained into the fabric of our city and our history.

Guide: Rebecca Grawl


Women Who Chose to Spy for their Country

Women have chosen the non-traditional occupation of Spying for hundreds of years. We will talk about how women made a difference and often avoided detection while working behind the scenes for their country. From infamous spies like Mata Hari and Ethel Rosenberg, to brave women you have never heard of, we will uncover spies from the beginnings of our nation to current times.

Guide: Cheri Hennessy


A Feminine Oasis

“All women love shopping” a cliché if there ever was one, that haunts half the population to this day. However, like many stereotypes it oversimplifies a misunderstood truth. Shopping was a place for women to find a modicum of freedom from the male dominated world.

This nexus of classes and commerce allowed for women to casually socialize in chance meetings and exercise the power of economics often unavailable to them in regimented day to day lives. Here in Washington DC, many of the largest department stores were situated between the White House and the United States Capitol Building.

As we walk these streets strewn with the ghosts and skeletons of these iconic buildings, we’ll discuss the way a simple trip to the store was in fact so much more.

This is an outdoor walking tour of historic department stores (some torn down and some repurposed). There will be approximately 8 stops along Pennsylvania NW and in Downtown DC.


Suffragists, Supremes and In-Betweens. The Women Who Climbed Capitol Hill.

From voting rights to representation in top governmental positions, women have lead the way for other women.  Join me as we explore the women leaders of Capitol Hill who worked tirelessly for the right to vote, to serve in Congress and on the Supreme Court, and for the first time in over 200 years, become The Librarian of Congress.

Created by: Amy Mierley

Guide: Lindsey Horn


Women and Political Marches in America's Capital

Washington, D.C. is no stranger to protests and rallies. These events of political expression have occurred continuously in the United States’ capital throughout the twentieth century. Women and gender politics have played a major role in the history of political marches on Washington.

Learn about the diverse women who have marched and the various political causes that they championed. From suffragettes with colorful sashes to modern feminists in pink hats, Washington has seen an evolution of women’s revolutions.

This tour will touch on different political movements that rallied in the nation’s capital to show the impact of women’s political engagement and the sometimes contradictory viewpoints with which women have had to grapple throughout history, revealing their strength, determination, and human complexities.

Join your guide Sarah on a journey back in time learning about the passionate, persevering women who rallied, while walking in their own footsteps and seeing the sights that they would have seen.

Guide: Sarah Rodriguez


Performing Arts and Theatre in Washington, DC is a hidden gem often overshadowed locally by Politics!  On this tour, we'll discover the city's vibrant and internationally renowned theatre community featuring the artistic contributions of women on stage and behind the scenes.  Learn why Helen Hayes is the undisputed First Lady of the Nation’s Theatre. 

We will begin our walking tour at the historic National Theatre revealing the decades of women’s contributions to the theatre community.   We will celebrate the visionary Artistic Direction of the prophetic women of Arena Stage, and continue through the downtown theatre district examining how women continue to develop talent, keeping our theatre provocative and edgy.

Guide: Ella Schiralli

Join us for an afternoon book talk featuring local authors who are passionate about Washington D.C. Each of these books highlights the fascinating history and culture unique to the nation’s capital. Listen to stories about people and places that even locals will be surprised to learn about! The authors will have extra copies of their books on site for guests who are interested in showing their support.

This session will take place at Teaism Penn Quarter, a women-owned business with several locations in the district. Guests will receive complimentary snacks with their registration and we encourage attendees to support Teaism by purchasing additional goods. Please note that space is limited for this session and that all interested participants must register through Eventbrite as part of the TOHO event.

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