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    The History Behind the Development: The Parks at Walter Reed

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    Join the DC History Center and Washington Walks for a tour of The Parks at Walter Reed to learn about the history behind the development.

    In 2011, the federal government closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s doors after more than a century of operation in Northwest DC. It was not only a flagship medical facility, but a significant employer, economic engine, and public gathering space for the communities surrounding it—Shepherd Park, Brightwood, and Takoma. Over the next decade, the local community advocated to preserve and honor the history of the site. With changes to the neighborhood and new residents, how would the past be remembered? 

    Join us for this walking tour Saturday, June 1 at 11 am. Learn about the renowned physicians and scientists whose discoveries and innovations contributed to the medical center’s stellar reputation. Find out why Walter Reed was both a place of opportunity for Black Washingtonians and a site for activism against racial discrimination. Discover why Walter Reed Army Medical Center was a beacon, comfort, and a sign of home for neighbors. 

    Why this tour? The DC History Center was a partner in developing the historical narrative about this site. Learn more on our blog. You can also read more about the history of Walter Reed on The Parks’ website and view some of the full interview on YouTube.


    RESERVATIONS: Required and limited to twenty (20) participants.
    LOCATION: Plaza across 12th Street from Whole Foods at The Parks
    DURATION: Approximately two hours.


    Please note that this tour covers the grounds of The Parks at Walter Reed. If you require accommodations for a disability, please email the DC History Center at with your request as possible. We are committed to making events accessible for all participants.


    Carolyn Crouch attributes her devotion to walking tours to walking through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

    a graphic featuring the Washington Walks logo and a photo of Carolyn Crouch, founder of Washington Walks
    DC History Center programs are supported by Events DC and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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