Virtual Programs in July

June 25, 2021

Connect with National Trust Historic Sites from across the country with a selection of virtual events, exhibitions, and opportunities in July 2021.


Decatur House/White House Historical Association
White House History Teacher’s Institute
Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. ET daily
Free to attend; registration required

At the annual White House History Teacher’s Institute (WHHTI), discover the wider history of this iconic building and explore how educators can use these stories to enhance their classrooms. This immersive teacher professional development is a five-day virtual summer program hosted by the White House Historical Association that is open to all K-12 educators. The Institute features discussions with historians, inquiry-based learning activities, special speakers, exclusive access to resources, and networking with fellow educators from across the country.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Reclaiming Black Spaces
Wednesday, July 14 at 6 pm ET
$10 to attend; tickets required

The Tenement Museum’s newest virtual tour, Reclaiming Black Spaces, explores stories that highlight how Black and African Americans shaped Lower Manhattan as they made homes, businesses, and communities there over the centuries. What drew Black New Yorkers to Lower Manhattan, and how were their experiences shaped by that migration? How did those communities create a sense of home, and how did they resist the racism they faced? From the story of Sebastiaen de Britto, one of the first Black residents of the area in the 1640s, to Studio We, a musicians’ collective in the 1970s,look through windows into the past that expand the history of today’s Lower East Side.

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios
Virtual Road Trip: Roger Brown Study Collection (Chicago, Illinois)
Wednesday, July 21 at 5 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

On the fifth stop of a six-part virtual road trip, meet artist and voracious art and object collector, Roger Brown. Adventuring into Brown's integrated home, studio, garden, and collection environment—a former storefront building where Brown lived and worked for more than twenty years —, visitors will encounter what Brown often referred to as his "museum of inspiration." This whimsical space holds Brown's original works, along with works from other Chicago Imagists and non-mainstream artists.It also features his collection of folk and tribal art, material and popular culture ephemera, costumes, furniture, and things found wandering here and there, including Brown's Ford Mustang still parked in the garage.  

Touro Synagogue
Sephardic Songs Performed Live
Sunday, July 25 at 4 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

The first Jewish people who came to the New World in the 1630s were Sephardic–meaning from the Iberian Peninsula—and most had ancestors who were driven out of Spain and Portugal in 1492 or forced to convert to Catholicism in the Spanish Inquisition. A small group of them learned of Rhode Island’s freedom of religion and ventured to Newport in search of a sanctuary from persecution. Touro Synagogue Foundation, in association with Congregation Shearith Israel in New York, presents a free virtual concert of Sephardic Music by Gerard Edery. Streamed live from Edery’s studio in Warsaw, Poland, the songs celebrate the Jewish culture of Spain and Portugal, and draws on Moroccan and other North African and Turkish sources, which Edery will explain during the concert.

Other Upcoming Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
White House History Live – Pulitzer Prize winner Kai Bird on Jimmy Carter
Tuesday, July 13 at 5 p.m. ET
Free to attend; Facebook livestream

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Birthday and Quarterly Lecture Series on Designing Camelot
Wednesday, July 28 at noon ET
Free to attend; registration required

James Madison’s Montpelier
Constitution 101 - Dick Howard on the Constitution of Virginia: Defining the Political Community
Sunday, July 18 from 5 p.m. ET
$25 to attend; registration required

Museum of African American History
Night in White with Anthony Anderson
Thursday, July 1, at 6 p.m. ET
$500 per couple

Kykuit/The Pocantico Center
Conversations on Sculpture with Arnaldo Ugarte
Published on June 30
Free to view

All National Trust Historic Sites are open! We encourage you to check directly with each site for up-to-date information on available activities, ticketing, and guidelines if you are planning a visit.

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