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History of Union Station Virtual Experience #5
December 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm$10.00
Please note: This event has been rescheduled from November 3 to December 1.
Are you interested in remotely learning about the history of Washington, DC’s Union Station? If so, please join Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) for our fifth virtual experience on December 1, 2021.
While nothing quite compares to seeing the brilliance of Union Station in person, during this approximately one and a half hour virtual experience (which includes time for Q and A), the presenter will tell the story of this prominent, well-known, beautiful DC landmark, using rarely seen photographs from USRC’s archives.
According to Stephen, a previous participant, “it was wonderful to travel virtually from my home in Las Vegas to tour beautiful Washington Union Station.”
Pre-COVID, Union Station hosted an average of 100,000 visitors a day, yet many did not stop to think about the layers of history the building has seen. Built at the turn of the 20th Century, the station was designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham to be a gateway to the Nation’s Capital. A silent witness from 1907 through today, Union Station has seen the rise and fall of rail transportation, the boom in the Nation’s Capital during WWI and WWII, social movements and public events, and so much more. The station went through a period of decline and disrepair in the 1960s and 70s, but in the 1980s (and again from 2010 on) was transformed and revitalized into the bustling multimodal transportation and retail hub that you see today.
As this virtual experience will take place during the holiday season, it will feature some historical holiday photos and facts.
A Zoom link will be sent to all participants prior to the event.