Wide Angle Wednesdays
Taking Stock: Public Sites for Reflection and Renewal
This virtual experience is being offered free of charge.
2020 has been an extraordinary year. On the day after a landmark U.S. presidential election, gather virtually with Washington Walks to rediscover four public sites in the nation’s capital that have evolved to become places for retrospection and taking stock. Why do these sites seem to possess an ineffable power to inspire, confront, and heal? Was it always so? Each of the four sites (two located on the National Mall, two in D.C. neighborhoods) are the result of profound transformations not only to original geography, but also to perceived meaning and interpretation. How the public experiences each site today is not the same as when each was dedicated. What remains unchanged is that these sites symbolize the beating heart of the United States and hometown Washington, D.C.
Christina Bauer, Carolyn Crouch and David Kaplan are Washington Walks guides who lead walking tours of the National Mall (Christina), the Georgetown Waterfront (Carolyn) and U Street (David), among many others!