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An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.


Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 7:30pm
W-16 - McGuireWoods Gallery

This new lecture series will chronicle the story of the Workhouse from the Progressive movement of the late 1800’s and its emphasis on rehabilitation, through the social upheaval and international turmoil of the 1960’s, to the political and community battles that lead to the facility’s closing.

Presented by the Workhouse Prison Museum, this series will address issues, personages and dynamics that reached far beyond the environs of the sprawling 3,000 acre complex known interchangeably as the DC/Lorton/Occoquan prison.

January 9, 2013:  Genesis of a Prison. A talk given by Dr. Robyn Muncy, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland who will discuss the Progressive movement’s approach to crime and punishment and its effect on the creation of the Workhouse.  Supervisory Gerry Hyland, who was involved with the closing of the prison, will make opening remarks.

TONIGHT'S LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013.  February 13, 2013:  Life Behind Bars features a panel of former inmates who will depict life at the Workhouse.  The discussion will be moderated by , retired prison chaplain Dr. Elwood Gray.

March 13, 2013:  Working Behind Bars. A panel of former correctional officers, moderated by retired Director of DC Department of Corrections Walter Ridley, will provide their view of working at the former Workhouse.

April 10, 2013:  Years of Turmoil. Civil rights attorneys Philip Hirschkop and Marvin Miller will recount legal battles that reflected the enormous social changes that exploded into America’s culture in the 1960’s. Paul Quander, DC Deputy Mayor for Public Services, will provide a view of the impact of these changes on the prison.

May 8, 2013:  Out of the Ashes.  Former Congressman Tom Davis and retired Director of DC Department of Corrections Walter Ridley will address the political forces and events that resulted in the closing of the facility and its transfer to Fairfax County.  Supervisor Gerry Hyland will introduce the closing lecture.

Lectures are the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the McGuireWoods Gallery at the Workhouse.  The Workhouse Prison Museum will be open special hours from 6-7:15pm before each lecture for attendees.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Genesis of a Prison: EnviroSolutions, Inc.

Life Behind Bars: Lyndeon Skelly-Hausler and Richard W. Hausler

Working Behind Bars: Fred Bonnett & Davis Industries

Years of Turmoil: Tim & Barbara Rizer

Out of the Ashes: Matthew McQueen

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