- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 31, 2004

WHEN YOU GO

Location: The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is at 1411 W St. SE, Washington.

Directions: From the Mall, travel south on Ninth Street to Interstate 395 north. Exit onto Interstate 295 south across the 11th Street Bridge; exit onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, turn left on W Street SE and proceed three blocks to the visitors center parking lot.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Oct. 16 through April 14; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 through Oct. 15). The site is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. Tours of the home will not be given March 1 through 12 because of renovations. The visitors center, with exhibits and a film about Frederick Douglass, will be open during regular hours at that time.

Admission: Free.

Parking: Off-street parking is available.

Note: For individual visitors and groups of four or fewer, tours of the site are offered at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m. daily. For groups of five and more, reservations are required.

More information: 202/426-5961 or visit www.nps.gov/frdo.

BLACK HISTORYMONTH EVENTS

• 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. DAILY IN FEBRUARY — BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT MOUNT VERNON, 3200 GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL PARKWAY, MOUNT VERNON. INTERPRETERS AT THE SLAVE QUARTERS DISCUSS SLAVE LIFE, AND AT NOON A WREATH IS LAID AT THE SLAVE MEMORIAL. FREE WITH REGULAR ADMISSION OF $9 FOR ADULTS AND $4.50 FOR CHILDREN AGES 6 TO 11. INFORMATION: 703/780-2000 OR VISIT WWW.MOUNTVERNON.ORG.

• 1:30 TO 4 P.M. TODAY — BLACK HISTORY MONTH FAMILY DAY AT THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, 10 ART MUSEUM DRIVE, BALTIMORE. ENJOY A DAY OF FREE FESTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES, INCLUDING HANDS-ON ARTS AND CRAFTS, AFRICAN MASK PAINTING AND STORYTELLING. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE LIVE MUSIC. INFORMATION: 410/396-6314.

• 10 AND 11:30 A.M. TUESDAY — “GOING THE DISTANCE,” SMITHSONIAN’S ARTS AND INDUSTRIES BUILDING, 900 JEFFERSON DRIVE SW, WASHINGTON. THE DISCOVERY THEATER INVITES CHILDREN AGES 6 TO 12 TO A MUSICAL PLAY ABOUT BLACKS WHO HAVE PERSEVERED AND TRIUMPHED, INCLUDING JESSE OWENS AND WILMA RUDOLPH. TICKETS ARE $4 FOR CHILDREN AND $5 FOR ADULTS. THIS EVENT WILL REPEAT AT 10 AND 11:30 A.M. WEEKDAYS THROUGH FEB. 27 AND AT NOON FEB. 14 AND 21. INFORMATION: 202/357-1500.

• 10 AND 11:30 A.M. FRIDAY — “DUKE’S PLACE,” SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, 14TH STREET AND CONSTITUTION AVENUE NW, WASHINGTON. THE BREWERY TROUPE PUPPETS, A NEW YORK-BASED COMPANY OF BLACK PUPPETEERS, PRESENTS A MUSICAL FABLE THAT INTRODUCES YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE WORLD OF DUKE ELLINGTON. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES. THIS EVENT REPEATS AT NOON SATURDAY. TICKETS: $8 FOR ADULTS, $5 FOR CHILDREN. INFORMATION: 202/356-1599.

• NOON TO 2 P.M. SATURDAY — FREDERICK DOUGLASS FAMILY DAY, S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER, ROOM 3112, 1100 JEFFERSON DRIVE SW, WASHINGTON. THIS CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTHDAY OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS INCLUDES ART ACTIVITIES AND TOURS OF THE EXHIBIT “A BRUSH WITH HISTORY.” INFORMATION: 202/275-2108.

• 10 TO 11:30 A.M. FEB. 13 — CELEBRATING FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ BIRTHDAY AT THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 1411 W ST. SE, WASHINGTON. AT THIS TIME, THE STUDENT WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL FREDERICK DOUGLASS ORATORICAL CONTEST WILL BE HONORED. INFORMATION: 202/426-5961.

• 10:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M. FEB. 18 — CARTOONING WORKSHOP AT THE SMITHSONIAN’S ANACOSTIA MUSEUM AND CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE, 1901 FORT PLACE SE, WASHINGTON. JOIN ARTIST TODD SPROW FOR CREATIVE FUN. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN HOW TO CREATE THEIR OWN CARTOON CHARACTERS AND BUILD A POSITIVE, UPLIFTING STORY LINE AROUND BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THE WORKSHOP IS RECOMMENDED FOR SCHOOL GROUPS IN GRADES FOUR THROUGH SEVEN. SPACE IS LIMITED, AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. INFORMATION: 202/610-3371.

• 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. FEB. 21 — AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY FESTIVAL: BLACKS AND THE WESTWARD EXPANSION AT THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM, 600 N. CHARLES ST., BALTIMORE. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AS MANY AS ONE-THIRD OF ALL EMIGRANTS TO THE WEST WERE BLACK, SEARCHING FOR FREEDOM AND PERSONAL OPPORTUNITY. LISTEN TO STORYTELLERS RELAY THE ADVENTURES OF BLACK COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS, SUCH AS BULLDOGGING BILL PICKETT, DEADWOOD DICK AND STAGECOACH MARY. INFORMATION: 410/547-9000.

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