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Virtual Speaker Series - Stevens School: DC's Little Known Educational Landmark


Tue 10 / 25 / 2022
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Open to all

Limited capacity: Registration Closed


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Stevens School: DC's Little Known Educational Landmark

Speaker: Ralph Buglass

Stevens School, on 21st Street between K and L, is nearly obscured by the modern office buildings all around it. But as the city's oldest school still in use, it has lots of history to tell about DC public schools in general. Built in 1868 as the first public school for Black children, it is a surviving symbol of nearly a century of school segregation. Its many famous alumni include the last offspring of a president to attend a DC public school. Now newly rehabbed and modernized, it has gained renewed life as the school system's only stand-alone preschool learning center drawing children from all over the city. Historian Ralph Buglass will look back at the days of school segregation in the nation's capital through the lens of this little-known landmark.

Ralph Buglass teaches lifelong learning courses at American University, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery College, and Frederick Community College. Ralph is a frequent speaker for Montgomery History on a variety of local history topics. He also is a volunteer researcher for Peerless Rockville, the non-profit historic preservation organization for Montgomery County’s seat of government. In 2020, with Peerless Rockville, he co-authored Images of America: Rockville, a pictorial history of the city’s 250 years. A Montgomery County native, he graduated from Winston Churchill High School, then earned a BA in American history from Cornell University and an MA in journalism from American University.

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