Events

Learn more about important topics and issues in our community’s history—and meet folks with shared interests—by attending thought-provoking and lively events offered throughout the year.

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Upcoming events

Join us at the March 2 volunteer working group session

Saturday, March 2 | 12:30 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Public Library, Room 401-A
901 G Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001

Join Rainbow History’s volunteer working groups!

On the first Saturday of each month, RHP’s volunteers gather to share D.C.-area LGBTQ history. We exchange status updates, work on our projects and brainstorm plans. This is a great way for prospective volunteers to get involved. All are welcome!

RHP team leads will present on their projects and ways to get involved. In 2024, current projects involve:

— Black History Month (February)

— Women’s History Month (March)

— World Pride exhibit (June 2025)

— Places and Spaces social geography (ongoing)

— Archiving and oral histories (ongoing)

These working sessions give you an opportunity to meet and socialize with prospective and current volunteers, hear about ongoing projects and updates, and include hands-on, small group work.

Join us in March

Saturday, March 2, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Public Library, Room 401-A

901 G Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001

Easily accessible from the Gallery Place Metro station

Save the date for the RHP annual meeting on March 12

Tuesday, March 12 | 5:30 pm

The DC History Center
801 K Street N.W. (above the Apple store)
Washington, D.C.

Join us for the Rainbow History Project annual meeting, March 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Anyone with an interest in the LGBTQ history of the D.C. area is invited to join the board, volunteers and members of Rainbow History Project at our annual meeting, Thursday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m., at the DC History Center. 

We will report on our 2023 accomplishments and our plans for 2024 and beyond. Attending is a great way to learn more about Rainbow History Project and our work to preserve and share LGBTQ history in the D.C. metro area, find out how you can volunteer, meet the staff of our archival partner, the DC History Center, and to enjoy the company of others with similar interests.

The DC History Center is at 801 K Street N.W. (above the Apple store). (Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center). The annual meeting will take place in the Kiplinger Research Library, on the second floor. (The building and second floor are elevator accessible.)

Meeting capacity is 50, so registration is encouraged.

The presentations will run from approximately 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with plenty of time for your questions and comments. Conversation can continue in Memorial Hall afterwards, with the building closing at 8:00 p.m.

If you have questions, email us at events@rainbowhistory.org.

Note: Food or drink is not permitted in the Kiplinger Research Library.



Radical Harmonies documentary screening with co-producer Boden Sandstrom

Sunday, March 17 | 1:30 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Room 401 E

Rainbow History Project invites you to celebrate Women’s History Month with a public screening of the documentary Radical Harmonies. This 2002 documentary, directed by Dee Mosbacher, presents a history of women’s music, defined as music by women, for women, and about women. This film, which incorporates archival performance footage and photographs, features interviews with women’s music pioneers such as Alix Dobkin, Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, and so many more.

 

Joining us in conversation following the screening is Boden Sandstrom, co-producer of the film, pioneering audio engineer, and founder of Women Sound. Sandstrom helped to define the sound of the women’s music movement in America in the 1970s, and was instrumental in providing quality audio for hundreds of concerts, protests, marches, and festivals in the Washington, D.C. region.

Space is limited, please click here to reserve a seat and learn more about the screening.

Walt Whitman and Washington DC: A New LGBTQ History Walking Tour

Sunday, March 24 | 2:00 pm

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20004

Registration required

America’s poet, Walt Whitman, is an adopted son of the nation’s capital. Arriving here nearly eight years following the 1855 publication of his landmark Leaves of Grass, Whitman lived and worked among us during a decade (1863-1873) that proved to be a crucible for the American experiment in democracy.

 

Join guide Rob Berger, former Rainbow History Project Board Member and a lifelong admirer of Walt Whitman, on this enlightening and educational 90-minute tour. The tour is offered free-of-charge.

 

Space is limited to 25, please click here to reserve your spot and learn more about the tour.

 

Past events

Learn more about our public panels and programs. Many of our past public panels and programs have been recorded on video and are available for viewing on the RHP YouTube channel.

Walking tours

Get to know historic LGBTQ neighborhoods with guided or self-guided walking tours.

Become a volunteer

Rainbow History Project is an all-volunteer organization and we encourage you to get involved. We always need volunteers to help grow our collection and develop public programs.