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ECWG lunch: A Photographic Swing Through the South by Don Gerson

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Explorers Club Members, Associates/Friends & Members’ Guests, and Non-Members’ Guest List are cordially invited to an ECWG lunch meeting at the Hubbard Museum, 1812 19th St. NW, with an after-lunch presentation by Don Gerson. Parking behind Museum or adjacent to Frasier Mansion (2.5 block walk) or on street.

About the Presentation

Each year for the past 15 years, Don Gerson and his wife Emma have traveled to cities all over the United States to represent their church at its General Assembly. Last year (2017) the Assembly was held in New Orleans. Not being content with visiting one city, they decided to take “a Swing Through the South.”

Their first stop was one of the nation’s most photogenic cities—Charleston, S.C. Interested in history and remembering that the city was not destroyed during the Civil War, Don focused his camera on the old beautiful mansions in the historic part of the city. There is also much to see in nearby areas. For example, the Charleston Tea Plantation is the only place in the United States where tea is grown on a plantation, New Orleans is a photographic paradise. A mix of iconic districts such as Bourbon Street, and Jackson Square where the city began, to modern structures including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, there is much to photograph.

Leaving New Orleans, we swing past the historic plantations along the Mississippi River. This is an emotional roller coaster, as the real story of these places becomes apparent. The historic Natchez Trace is now followed by a modern scenic roadway. Much of the Trace is gone, but there are sufficient stretches to get the idea of what it was like to plod its difficult and dangerous length. Once in Tennessee, it is hard to resist a visit to Graceland, and we did make the visit. Not too far away, in Bowling Green Kentucky, is the National Corvette Museum. Don, having owned a very early Corvette, relished the opportunity to see its development over the years. Now leaving the south and making the swing toward home, the final stop was on July 4th in the City of Pittsburgh.


  • Greek Appetizer Plates: Hummus, grape leaves, Baba Ghanoush, feta cheese, olives and pita bread
  • Souvlaki Chicken with tzatziki sauce on rice with Greek Salad
  • Coffee and Baklava

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Please include the following information:

  • Number of seats Reserved
  • Guest names(s)
  • Number of vegetarian meals (if any) desired
  • Organization Affiliation if other than ECWG

Mail with check to :

Don Gerson
3148 Castleleigh Road 
Silver Spring MD 20904

Cost: $30 per person

You can pay at the Museum but you must RSVP.  No cancellations accepted after Monday  COB, 25 March 2019


March 26
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Don Gerson
Bill Runyon


Hubbard Museum
1812 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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