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“Off The Mall” Museum Tour to Feature General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Historic Headquarters

Washington, DC – June 2, 2009 – The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is pleased to join the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium’s 26th Annual Walk Weekend, June 6-7, 2009, and to welcome visitors to GFWC’s historic building and collections, which  tell the long history of GFWC and women volunteers. GFWC Headquarters at 1734 N Street NW will be one of the dozen “off the Mall” museums offering special exhibits, tours, music, demonstrations, and hands-on activities free of charge.

GFWC Headquarters was established in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in 1922. A Federal Charter issued by the 56th U.S. Congress in 1901 stipulates that the women’s volunteer service organization maintain its headquarters in Washington, D.C. A National Historic Landmark, the 1875 Victorian home was once owned by General Nelson A. Miles and retains many of its original architectural features. Visitors will be able to explore GFWC’s Collections, which include historic furnishings, art, and artifacts, including a collection of fine regional art, unique arts and crafts, panoramic photographs, and GFWC memorabilia, including pins, badges, and gavels. A special exhibit illustrates GFWC’s role in promoting the appreciation and acquisition of American art.

Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium, established in 1983, promotes museums and neighborhoods in the Dupont-Kalorama area of Washington, D.C. The Consortium sponsors a series of tours and activities throughout the year in addition to the Walk Weekend, including Educators Open House and self-guided tours. Member museums jointly promote collections, programs, and services to a broader public. The members include the Anderson House (headquarters of Society of the Cincinnati and its Revolutionary War research library), the Woodrow Wilson House, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House (home of the National Archives of Black Women’s History), Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, The Phillips Collection, the Textile Museum.

Walk Weekend will take place rain or shine, and free shuttle buses are provided between sites. Visit www.DKMuseums.com to learn more about the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Consortium and DKMC Walk Weekend.

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