A local history conference scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in Washington will include several talks on the Civil War.

The 39th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies will be held at several locations including the old Carnegie Library, home of the Historical Society of Washington D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and George Washington University.

This conference is a real bargain. If you register by Oct. 16, the fee is only $20.

The keynote lecture on Oct. 18 by University of New Orleans professor Carol W. Gelderman is on James Wormley, an African American city resident, who in Reconstruction-era Washington opened a hotel near the White House. The Wormley Hotel became a fashionable place to stay in “well-managed rooms” and to dine on such specialties as turtle soup and fresh seafood from the Chesapeake Bay. His hotel also added the luxuries of the first hotel telephone in Washington as well as the first hotel elevator.

Also of interest to students of the Civil War are two sessions on Friday, “Abraham Lincoln and D.C. Emancipation,” and “Sesquicentennial Celebrations: New Paradigms and Research on Emancipation in the District of Columbia.”  There are two others on that Saturday: “Slavery, Colonization and Contrabands in Washington” and “The Archaeology of D.C.—Civil War and Beyond.”