New Project Shines a Light on Walter Reed’s “Everyday” People


New history project seeks to elevate the stories of ordinary people who worked and lived near the former Walter Reed campus in DC

Prior to its closure in 2011 and move to a new location in Bethesda, Maryland, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center treated thousands of war-wounded veterans, including soldiers who served in World War II, in Korea. , Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was also the hospital where notable political and military figures, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur, died.

Now, a new story collection project seeks to elevate the personal stories of ordinary people who have worked and lived near the former Walter Reed campus in DC.

This 66-acre parcel of land is being converted back to a mixed-use site that offers housing, over 14 acres of green space, senior and veteran support services, as well as offices, retail , medical and educational uses.

The developers behind the project, The Parks at Walter Reed, are teaming up with the DC History Center to bring together the stories of those “who lived, worked and played on and around campus.”

They will focus specifically on people who lived in the historically black communities surrounding the campus, including Takoma, Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and Brightwood.

“This exciting collaboration places the people and communities whose lives were shaped by the Walter Reed Campus at the center of the story,” said Laura Brower Hagood, Executive Director of the DC History Center. “We are more than delighted to preserve and share the stories of Washingtonians who have witnessed its historic development, and now its carefully planned transformation.”

The team will be holding three community meetings during the fall, November 16, 27 and 4.

You can find more details here.

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