Glen Echo Park Collection

Glen Echo Chautauqua
Glen Echo Chautauqua entrance, ca. 1891.

Glen Echo began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly "to promote liberal and practical education, especially among the masses of the people; to teach the sciences, arts, languages, and literature; to prepare its patrons for their several pursuits and professions in life; and to fit them for the duties which devolve upon them as members of society." By 1900, Glen Echo was on its way to becoming a premier amusement park, and it served the Washington area as such until 1968. Today the park has come full circle, the land and the historic buildings a back drop for a rich arts education program.

Collection Summary

Objects associated with the site's use as a Chautaqua (c. 1891-1898) and as an amusement park (c. 1899-1968); archeological objects systematically recovered from construction project sites within the park's boundaries and associated field records.

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Kimberly Robinson
(George Washington Memorial Parkway)

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Last updated: April 20, 2016