Mapping Georgetown: Jamie Stiehm, Witness to the Capitol Riot

Today’s Mapping Georgetown author, Jamie Stiehm, was present and locked down in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. She will be talking about her experience on Saturday, June 4, as the first speaker since the pandemic, at the Peabody Room, Jerry McCoy’s monthly event.

“Georgetown has literally given me voice as a historian. In the lovely aerie of the Peabody Room, I’ve given dozens of talks for all comers, and not on history’s usual suspects!  As a journalist who likes break news on the past, I’ve given outsiders their due, such as Clara Barton – a humanitarian, not a nurse – Frederick Douglass, Frederick Law Olmsted, Harriet Tubman, Lucretia Mott and the suffrage leader Alice Paul who gave Woodrow Wilson hell. Montgomery Meigs, anyone?! Lots of people turned up on a snowy Saturday. C-Span covered a couple. Jerry McCoy, Peabody Room city archivist extraordinaire, kindly invited me to speak one day when I was holding forth on my beloved Lincoln – an outsider himself.  Very honored to speak down the hill at Martin’s Tavern champagne party on JFK’s 100th birthday. (Aaron Burr was a hit!). These community events enlivened my mind and warmed my heart.”


Jamie Stiehm, a widely published journalist and syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, will give a lecture in the Georgetown Neighborhood Library’s Peabody Room (third floor) about the January 6, 2021, attack on the U. S. Capitol. Stiehm was inside the Capitol’s House chamber press gallery when gunshots rang out.  She will bear personal witness and lend historical perspective to this unforgettable attack on the house of American democracy.  The lecture will be followed by a brief Q & A.

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