An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, APril 19, at the Florence Crittenton Home.

The home, at 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, provides residential treatment for emotionally troubled adolescent girls, maternity home services and counseling to unmarried parents. The Crittenton Home's Barrett School will also hold a book sale fair during the open house.

At its annual meeting this year, the Florence Crittendon Home was accepted into accredited membership with the Child Welfare League of America. About 800 women in the Washington area work as volunteers for the home.

The Southwest Community House offers residents of the Southwest area low-cost household rodent extermination. Senior citizens who live on fixed incomes can receive the service free with proof of income.

The non-profit community organization charges $5 for extermination services in a one-bedroom home or apartment and $1 extra for each additional bedroom. For information or appointments, call Al James weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 488-7936.

The Smithsonian's Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and the National Park Service have published, for the first time, a speech delivered by abolitionist Frederick Douglass. His "Lecture on Our National Capital," an assessment of the city's virtues and vices, was given in 1875 in the District and again in Baltimore in 1877.

The introduction for the published speech was written by Benjamin Quarles, professor of history at Morgan State University. Quarles said, "Douglass was a careful and perceptive observer, and in this speech his analysis of politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and the well-to-do, and the poor, makes us nod in approval as we recognize the striking similarities between the behavior patterns of his day and our day."

Published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, the booklet and study guide is available free of charge at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and the nearby Frederick Douglass Home.