Next Public Meeting: Recollections of Georgetown

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Recollections of Georgetown:

Tom Birch Moderates CAG Oral History Panel at City Tavern

April 26th Thursday, Reception at 7 pm, Program 7:30 – 8:30 pm

City Tavern Club, 3206 M St., NW

Please join CAG at City Tavern for an evening filled with salutes to significant Georgetowners and their role in the history of Georgetown. Tom Birch, a former Oral History panelist, and retired ANC Commissioner will moderate a fascinating panel including Edith Schafer, Gunther Stern, Chris Addison and Keith Lipert. These Georgetowners will tell their stories and share their memories. 

The Oral History project has had an extremely active fall collecting and recording a “living" history as seen through the eyes of Georgetown residents. Thank you to residents Carey Rivers, Janet Kandel, Richard Christal, Hazel Denton, Samantha Herrell, Tom Birch, and Henry Courtney for recently interviewing several of our neighbors: Richard Hinds, long-serving General Counsel of CAG; Neville Waters, 5th generation Georgetowner, currently active in the restoration of Mount Zion Cemetery; Gunther Stern recently retired as Director of the Georgetown Ministry Center and named Georgetowner of the Year in appreciation of the enormous contribution he has made to our community; Chris Addison, a tireless promoter of the art community of Georgetown, founder of one of the oldest art galleries in Georgetown, the Addison/Ripley Fine Art Gallery; Keith Lipert, proprietor of the well-known fashion boutique on M Street; and Ambassador Dayton Mak (recently deceased), a centenarian career diplomat and long-time resident of Georgetown. 

The City Tavern Club has generously provided refreshments as well as the historic venue. The Federal-Style clubhouse, constructed in 1796, is one of oldest buildings in the nation's capital and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the last Federal style taverns operating in DC. Variously known as Semmes’ Tavern, The Indian King Tavern, the Columbian Inn, United States Hotel, Georgetown Hotel, and Morgan House it was frequented by Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and John Adams and it was also visited by Ronald Reagan before his inauguration in 1981. 

City Tavern Club will be offering a prix fixe dinner option for attendees by reservation only to: Eliana Ramirez at or 202-337-8770. To view the menu, please visit 

Please join us Thursday, April 26th at 3206 M St. for a lively evening of celebration and history. 


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